Congratuatlions are in order for Dorothy Yu, Class of 2018, for winning this year’s Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award. This award is for recognition of her leadership and advocacy work.
Dorothy is passionate about encouraging student involvement in advocacy projects. Last year, she co-founded the Student Advocacy Committee as part of her term as our Global Health Advocate, organizing an Advocacy and Global Awareness Conference as well as our first Medical Student Lobby Day, through which students met with MLAs to discuss social housing.
Dorothy also collaborated with students across Canada to create Humans of Pharmacare, a project advocating a national Pharmacare strategy through patient and health-care worker stories, and chaired the Family Medicine Interest Group, served on the executive committee of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians and created #justaFP, a social media project highlighting the diverse work of family physicians in an effort to combat the perception that they are “just” family doctors.
In her spare time, Dorothy designed a research project studying predictors of imposter syndrome in medical students, with the hopes of promoting physician wellness in medical education and adding to the literature in an understudied topic (though quickly gaining momentum).
The CMHF Awards are given annually to one student at each of Canada’s 17 medical schools. They recognize students who demonstrate leadership through community involvement, superior communication skills, academic excellence and interest in advancing knowledge. Students in their second year of medical school apply by submitting an essay, in part describing the qualities of the Hall of Fame laureate who most inspires them. Dorothy will be traveling to attend the CMHF induction ceremony in May 2017 in Quebec City!