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PGY2 Internal Medicine Resident
As an international medical graduate from Ireland, I have been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by world-class residents and medical and nursing staff. They have taught me that being a professional means giving back more than we get, whether it be by going beyond standard patient care, providing exceptional teaching, encouraging ground breaking research, or simply by being a caring and decent colleague who provides a superb working environment.
University of Calgary is full of professionals who give back more than they can get, and in so, truly make this a world-class place to enjoy working in everyday. As a PGY-2 resident in internal medicine, I’m always moving forward in my internal medicine training. I recognize now that the professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively. This balance is an integral part of every resident and staff member here at UCalgary, making this a wonderful place to work!
The role of Professional describes the societal responsibility of each physician that is guided by codes of ethics, a commitment to clinical competence and personal well-being, the embracing of appropriate attitudes and behaviors, integrity, altruism, and the promotion of the public good. Our residents:
1. Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession, and society through ethical practice;
2. Demonstrate a commitment to their patients, profession, and society through participation in profession-led regulation;
3. Demonstrate a commitment to physician health and sustainable practice.*
*Copyright The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
About the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary
UCalgary’s Faculty of Medicine is a national leader in health research with an international reputation for excellence and innovation in health care research, education and delivery. Through its educational programs, the Faculty of Medicine trains the physicians and scientists who will lead the next generation of health practitioners. Through its clinical work, continuing medical education programs and close relationship with Alberta Health Services, the Faculty of Medicine moves new treatments and diagnostic techniques from the laboratory bench to the hospital bedside efficiently and effectively, improving patient care.
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By Andrea Di Ubaldo
Perched high on the wall, as if keeping watch over Dr. Robert J. Herman’s office, is his 2008 Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) Osler Award.
As is etched on the wooden plaque, the CSIM Osler Award is “in recognition of excellence in the field of General Internal Medicine in clinical practice, research, medical education, specialty development or health promotion.” Herman was presented with the annual award at the CSIM Annual Scientific Meeting’s gala dinner this past October.
“I feel very honoured because it’s the highest award that you can get from your colleagues (in the field of general internal medicine),” Herman says with an air of humility, looking a little embarrassed. He was nominated for the award by fellow colleagues here at the University of Calgary.
Herman joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2000 as a professor and head of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He is an active physician at Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre and Rockyview General Hospital.
“What I value most is being a physician and being involved in research and education,” he says. “General internal medicine is about looking after sick people, helping them get better and managing their illness.”
Herman realizes it’s the support from co-workers, family, students and those before him that help make him successful in his field.
“It’s not just one person that contributes. We grow on the accomplishments of the people before us,” Herman says.
Herman was nominated for the award by fellow colleagues at UCalgary because he is a highly respected clinician and educator who is dedicated to his patients, clinical and academic teaching. As well, he is a researcher with ongoing publications and an ambassador for general internal medicine locally, regionally and nationally.
Herman’s leadership of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Alberta Health Services and at UCalgary has led to its expansion resulting in a five-fold increase in ambulatory clinic visits and a tripling of the number of full-time academic internists.
The development of a new general internal medicine inpatient unit, a second internal medicine consultation service, teaching units at all hospital sites in Calgary, an internal medicine training program for foreign medical graduates and the placement of an internist in the emergency room to aid patient flow are also among his many contributions.
Busy planning the Rocky Mountain American College of Physicians Internal Medicine meeting in Banff in mid November, Herman doesn’t take a break from all things Osler award worthy – educating, developing and promoting his specialty. He has been Chair of the organizing committee for the past eight years and has been part of the move to evolve general internal medicine as a specialty for it to gain more respect in health care.
“I am particularly proud of this specialty because it’s come a long way in the last 10 years. People thought it would disappear,” he says. “Now we have three to six fellows training every year at UCalgary. It’s changing across Canada to become a major specialty.”