Dr. Michael Mason is receiving provincial recognition for this work with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
The Bracebridge resident was recently awarded the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO) Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. The PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award aims to publicly acknowledge the essential role that clinical teachers play in the training of new physicians. With the exception of the University of Toronto, there is only one award presented annually to each medical school in Ontario.
“It certainly came as a surprise,” says Mason. “I often joke that I get as much out of being a resident preceptor as I hope they do, since I am constantly learning from them, even as a staff physician.”
To be considered for the award, residents are asked to outline the qualities that make their nominee an excellent teacher, including patient care, quality of bedside teaching, and interest in the trainees’ personal development and well-being.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Mason has lived in Bracebridge for the past five years. During that time he’s been practicing as a family and emergency physician. He attended Lakehead University for a Nursing degree and later the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) as a medical student.
Mason explains that he landed in Muskoka after his experience as a clinical clerk as part of the third year of NOSM’s curriculum where students are integrated within rural, Northern Ontario communities for the majority of the learning year.
“My wife and I really enjoyed our time here and thought it would be a great place to raise a family and settle into a career as a hybrid family and emergency physician,” he says. “I feel privileged to work in a small town with incredibly supportive physician colleagues who help keep the NOSM clerkship and residency programs thriving in Muskoka. It really is a great place to learn, work, and play.”
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