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Norman Bethune International Surgical Fellowship

James Orbinski, Maryse Bouchard, Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

James Orbinski, Maryse Bouchard, Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

On May 4th, 2011, Massey College hosted a gala reception celebrating the inaugural Norman Bethune International Surgical Fellowship.

Inspired by the selfless international work of Dr. Bethune – the fellowship funds a surgical trainee for one year to benefit patients facing challenges in countries of great need.

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, spoke of the legacy of Norman Bethune and her inspiration to partner with the University of Toronto in establishing this important fellowship. James Orbinski, Chair in Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, discussed the prevalence of trauma in developing countries and the impact of medical support.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Maryse Bouchard, fourth year orthopaedic surgery resident and inaugural fellowship recipient, who spoke about her powerful research into the problem of lack of access to essential orthopaedic medical devices in Uganda.

Norman Bethune trained to become a doctor at the University of Toronto and graduated in 1916, at the same time as Frederick Banting. This fellowship honours the importance and stature of Dr. Bethune and his contributions to the University, the City of Toronto and to improved healthcare internationally.

Adrienne Clarkson’s recent book Extraordinary Canadians – Norman Bethune gives a stirring account of his heroic surgical work in Montreal, Toronto, Spain and China.

A special thank you to those who attended and have generously supported this project.

For more information about the Norman Bethune International Surgical Fellowship, please contact Darina Landa at darina.landa@utoronto.ca or 416-978-4296.

Darina Landa

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