Dr. Jane LemaireDr. Gwen Hollaar and Dr. Jane Lemaire are co-recipients of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s (RCPSC) 2019 Royal College International Collaboration Award.

The Royal College International Collaboration Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in advancing postgraduate medical education and residency training outside Canada, through — but not limited to —enacting, participating in, or promoting Royal College frameworks, programs and/or collaborations.

Drs. Hollaar and Lemaire, together with their Lao colleagues, have provided the leadership to help develop a new medical school undergraduate curriculum, initiate a family medicine training program and provide continuing medical education opportunities for family medicine program graduates. They work tirelessly with their Lao colleagues to strengthen medical education within teaching hospitals and rural teaching sites.

The Laos project is supported by a multitude of invested physician and non-physician volunteers and colleagues both in Calgary and Laos. This immensely productive and successful collaboration has spawned friendships, positive change and hope.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Hollaar and Lemaire on this accomplishment!