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Two residents receive inaugural Dr. Fred Baxter Award

Published: June 27, 2016
Fred Baxter
Dr. Fred Baxter, clinical professor of anesthesia

Brent MacLellan and Josh Peachey, fourth-year residents of anesthesia, have been awarded the inaugural Dr. Fred Baxter Award for Excellence in Nephrology and Patient Care, created by the Division of Nephrology and named after the former anesthesia program director.

The award is given to anesthesia residents who demonstrate excellence in integrating CanMEDS roles in the provision of optimal patient-centre care. The award honours Baxter, who made major contributions in patient advocacy, patient safety and patient care.

Baxter, a clinical professor of anesthesia working in critical care at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, has held numerous administrative and academic positions since joining the Department of Anesthesia in 1987.

"I'm very proud and grateful to have worked with so many great nephrologists and clinicians over the years, and for them to name this award after me honours me deeply," said Baxter.

"These are two worthy recipients that are receiving this honour. Josh is an outstanding clinician and an engaged individual. And Brent — he could go out and practice tomorrow. These are two people with whom I've enjoyed working and they are the perfect first recipients for this award."

MacLellan and Peachey, who met and became great friends while on their residency application tour, said they are honoured to have their names grace a plaque celebrating the professor they hold in such high regard.

"I've known Dr. Baxter for a number of years and had worked with him before I even started residency," said Peachey. "He truly is someone who's dedicated his life to his profession as a clinician and as an educator. Routinely he's regarded as one of the best anesthesiologists in the city and I can certainly support this claim from my experiences working with him.

"I see him as a mentor, role model and someone who I truly strive to emulate both professionally and personally."

Added MacLellan: "He's a constant presence in any situation. He's an amazing teacher and has a ton of respect from every department."

Dr. Norm Buckley, chair of the Department of Anesthesia, has been a colleague of Baxter for more than two decades. Buckley said this award recognizes Baxter's tireless commitment to improving patient care, and is a terrific symbol of an illustrious, ongoing career.

"He came from family medicine and emergency medicine into anesthesia in the '80s, and he has maintained that keen self-directed drive to learn and know more throughout his career," said Buckley. "He is known for worrying about not knowing things which many of us are not aware there might be a need to know.

"As Dr. Baxter's career has progressed, he has expanded his areas of interest to include safety. This is always in his pursuit of better patient care and providing the best care that he or anyone else is able to. His award recognizes that this includes enhancing communication between departments and programs, and teaching residents to do the same."

MacLellan and Peachey were honoured at an awards dinner earlier this month.

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