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Future Physicians to Return to Their Roots

Our People Our Success - 2008 Family Medicine Award Winners
l-r: Meagan Doyle, Sheryl Wark, Carolyn Murray and Marc Ruppenstein received Thunder Bay Family Medicine Awards from City Council at the Community Auditorium.

The Thunder Bay Family Medicine Awards recognize local students who are studying to become family physicians and plan on practicing in Thunder Bay upon the completion of their training. The 2008 awards were presented in December to four outstanding medical students who will contribute to the success of our community in the Health Care sector.

Meagan Doyle

After graduating from Fort William Collegiate Institute, Meagan earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Health Studies. While at the University of Waterloo she was awarded the Marion J Todd Memorial Award for excellence in health related research and the Applied Health Sciences Upper Year Scholarship for
academic excellence.

Meagan’s varied work experiences include Clinical Research Assistant at Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre. She is currently a student representative for the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Sheryl Wark

Sheryl attended Hammarskjold High School before graduating from Lakehead University with two degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology. She went on to the Michener Institute at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a diploma in Nuclear Medicine with First Class Standing and a Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences.

Prior to attending the Northern Ontario Schoolof Medicine, Sheryl worked as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre and the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. This past summer, Sheryl was selected for a hospital exchange program in Innsbruck, Austria where she represented Canada and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in the neurology department.

Marc Ruppenstein

Marc is a graduate of Hammarskjold High School and completed a Bachelor of Medical Sciences degree from the University of Western Ontario with the highest average in his program. Marc has worked as a research assistant at Regional Cancer Care and as a volunteer in the renal unit at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Marc speaks fluent German and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish. Marc is currently in first year medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Carolyn Murray

Carolyn attended Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute. She obtained a DNA certificate from the Paleo DNA laboratory and graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Science (First Class Standing). She also has a Master of Science in Biology. Carolyn is currently attending medical school at the University of Ottawa.

Carolyn has presented at various conferences and received numerous awards for academic excellence. She received the Pynn Family Award for achievement in forensic science and a National Science and Engineering Research Council Research Capacity Development Award.