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Saperson honoured for service to medical residents

Published: October 26, 2009
Karen Saperson
Karen Saperson, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences

A McMaster University psychiatry professor has been honoured for her contributions to the advancement of medical residents in Canada.

Karen Saperson, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, is the inaugural recipient of the Lois Ross Award for Service to Residents, given out by the Canadian Association of Internes and Residents (CAIR).

Since joining McMaster University in 1996, Saperson has contributed to the postgraduate psychiatry program in a number of roles, including clinical supervisor, seminar presenter, postgraduate education committee member and most recently as postgraduate program director from 2003-2009. She was appointed as chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Examination Board in Psychiatry in May 2009.

Her accomplishments include the creation of a mock oral day to help residents prepare for their certification exams, and the development and implementation of the first objective summative clinical examination (OSCE) evaluation of medical residents in Canada.

Saperson will be presented with her award at a ceremony this month in Ottawa.

The Lois Ross Award is named in honour of a past executive director of CAIR and the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO).

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