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Whitehorse General Hospital Wins Community Teaching Award

Pictured in photo are, from left to right: Dr. Sarah Saunders OBGYN, Whitehorse General Hospital & Dr. Hanna Ezzat, UBC OBGYN Residency Program Director.
Award recognizes commitment to undergraduate and resident education in OBGYN


On October 20, 2022, Whitehorse General Hospital was recognized for its exceptional commitment to undergraduate and resident education in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. Awarded annually, the University of British Columbia D.A. Boyes Community Teaching Award is bestowed on a British Columbia or Yukon community for their commitment and leadership in educating the next generation of OBGYN practitioners. Dr. Sarah Saunders accepted the award on behalf of Whitehorse General Hospital at a ceremony at the D.A. Boyes Society Meeting in downtown Vancouver.

“This award is a testament to the hard work and commitment to excellence each and every team member of WGH shows when it comes to teaching and helping advance the careers of the next generation of doctors,” said Dr. Sarah Saunders, an OBGYN physicians who has been practicing medicine at Whitehorse General Hospital for five years. “Our team may be small, but all of us go to work every day with a goal of providing the best possible care and opportunity to the residents of the Yukon and the students we are fortunate to work with. In my opinion, if you foster an environment where education thrives, patient care will thrive as well. I want to recognize and thank all of our hospital teams and partners who help to foster this positive environment,” said Saunders.

Over the last several years the OBGYN service at Whitehorse General Hospital has had learners join from University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, and Australia, and is active in medical student lectures and formal teaching activities for University of British Columbia residents. Their teaching also supports local colleagues at Whitehorse General Hospital, such as by participating in the “moreOB” program, a patient safety improvement program for maternity care, and by delivering Continuing Medical Education (CME) rounds.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Saunders, Dr. Emma Sumner, and their incredible team members on receiving this award,” said Jason Bilsky, Chief Executive Officer of Yukon Hospitals. “Our entire organization is committed to creating the best possible environment for patients, staff, and even students to thrive, and I am very pleased to see members of our medical teams recognized for their diligent work,” said Bilsky.

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