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Fall 2018 The Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine

The Application period for the Chan prize in Multicultural and International Medicine is during the Fall term. 

The Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine, in the amount of $500-1000, is awarded annually by the Faculty of Medicine Scholarship Committee to a medical student who participated in an international or Canadian multicultural elective, research project or community service experience of at least four weeks in the previous year and who best demonstrates an understanding of the contribution of social and cultural factors to health. The finalist will be selected by a panel of judges based on the essays submitted. 

The award winner will be announced at Global Health night.

Deadline

Deadline for applications for Fall 2018 is September 30, 2018.

Eligibility

  • McGill medical student from any year in good standing
  • Having participated in an elective, research project or community service program for at least four weeks between October 1st, 2017 and October 1st, 2018

Application: (All documents should be combined into one PDF file)

  • Provide a description of the project (max 250 words)

  • What you learned/accomplished (max 250 words)

  • Answer the following: Imagine your professor asks you to present some real-life examples from your experience in a low-resource setting that demonstrate the ways cultural and/or social factors can impact health status. Describe three specific examples from your experience you would share with your colleagues. In what way might they impact your colleagues who will only practice in a Canadian setting? (max 500-1000 words)

  • How this project/activity improved your understanding of the impact of cultural and/or social factors on health (max 250 words) 

Evaluation Criteria

1) Understanding the Contribution of Social and Cultural Factors to Health

The applicant provides an insightful reflection regarding how this project/activity improved their understanding of the impact of cultural and/or social factors on health.

2) Degree of Self-Reflection

The applicant demonstrates thoughtfulness regarding what they have learned from their experience.

3) Completeness and Quality of Writing

The applicant has ensured that the essay addresses each of the elements required in the abstract and has submitted a well-written essay

 


About the Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine

Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine 2007

Dr. Alice Chan-Yip, MDCM established the Dr. Yuk Chan Ma and Dr. Yuen Kok Chan Prize in Multicultural and International Medicine in memory of her late parents.  Dr. Yuk Chan Ma (1908-1994) was a family physician in China and Hong Kong.  Dr. Yuen Kok Chan (1903-1942) graduated from Peking Union Medical College.  He was an internist at Ling Nam University in Canton, China.

Dr. Chan-Yip is a graduate of the McGill Faculty of Medicine whose career has been marked by a strong commitment to multicultural and international medicine. Having recognized the importance of cultural factors influencing the practice of medicine, she developed community research and health promotional projects in the Montreal Chinese Community, and collaborated with colleagues to develop the Multicultural Program at the Montreal Children’s Hospital which was established in 1986. She was the 2005 recipient of the inaugural Noni MacDonald Award by the Canadian Paediatric Society for her review article: “Health Promotion and Research in the Chinese Community in Montreal: A Model of Culturally Appropriate Health Care”.

Through the endowment of the Chan Prize, it is Dr. Chan-Yip’s wish to promote the teaching of cross-cultural medicine to medical students at McGill University.


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