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Laura Bosco, Meds 2017, wins prestigious CMHF student award

Laura Bosco, Meds 2017, wins prestigious CMHF student award

It is my distinct pleasure to share The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame’s announcement of our third-year medical student, Laura Bosco, as the inaugural Queen’s University recipient of a prestigious new honour: The Export Packers and Rubenstein Family CMHF Award.

Earlier this year, The CMHF invited each Canadian medical school to nominate one medical student completing his or her second undergraduate year of study for the award. “Laureates of The CMHF cite qualities such as perseverance, collaboration, and an entrepreneurial spirit as contributors to their success as national and world health leaders. Supported by individual donors, The CMHF seeks to recognize medical students who demonstrate these qualities and who show outstanding potential as future leaders and innovators of health care in Canada.”

Laura Bosco unquestionably fits the description. In addition to excelling in her medical studies, Laura has been deeply engaged with extracurricular activities with the Faculty of Health Sciences. Within the School of Medicine, she is the co-President for the Class of 2017, collaborating with a group of her peers on the Aesculapian Society to continuously improve the student experience. She was part of an interprofessional student team that helped bring the PulsePoint phone application to Kingston and the Queen’s Community. Since her first term as a medical student, Laura has written for the Queen’s Medical Review on pertinent issues in medical education and health care. She co-chaired the Emergency Medicine Interest Group, organizing biweekly speaker series for students interested in the field. She was one of the editors for the 2017 Class Project: Reads for Paeds, which developed illustrative, engaging and age-appropriate books for children with illness. Laura worked as an anatomy prosector, where she helped prepare weekly dissections and led the first-year students in their weekly anatomy tutorials. Last year, she was a speaker for the Queen’s Medicine Health Talks. This is an impressive catalogue of achievements considering I’ve simply outlined what she has accomplished here at Queen’s; Laura Bosco is definitely one to watch.

“In addition to her natural leadership and work ethic, Laura is a kind and passionate person,” says Dr. Vidur Shyam, Assistant Professor with Queen’s Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. “Her respect for others, awareness of herself, and open-mindedness make her a great asset to any team, and other students naturally gravitate to her for guidance and direction. Even more so, she is always willing to help out the group or any team member, going above and beyond the outlined roles and responsibilities to make sure everyone’s needs are met.”

“Receiving this award means so much to me,” says Laura. “Not only is it incredibly humbling to be acknowledged by brilliant leaders and innovators at Queen’s and across Canada, but it made me realize that I am taking steps in the right direction to becoming the type of leader and future physician I have always wanted to be: strong, caring, perceptive, and thoughtful of my peers, friends and colleagues.”

We at the Queen’s University School of Medicine have no doubt that is true.

If you would like to join me in congratulating Laura on this fantastic award, please feel free to do so in the comments below, or better yet, if you’d like to be old-fashioned you can drop off a hand-written note at the Macklem house. My door is always open.


I’d like to thank Emma Woodman for her assistance in the creation of this blog post.

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