Previous Winners

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Name: Jessica Chan
Residency program: The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa
Elective location: Iqaluit, Nunavut
Elective type (Clinical/Research): Research
Year of elective: 2017
Level of residency training at time of elective: PGY3
Brief description: Nunavut is an Arctic territory in northern Canada, where 85% of the population are Inuit. Residents of the eastern Qikiqtaaluk region are required to fly more than 2,000km to access radiotherapy in Ottawa. Jessica spent two 2-week periods in Iqaluit as part of a research project investigating access to palliative radiotherapy among Inuit patients from the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut who are treated at The Ottawa Hospital.

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Name: Gaurav Bhattacharya
Residency program: The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa
Elective location: Lusaka, Zambia
Elective type (Clinical/Research): Clinical
Year of elective: 2016
Level of residency training at time of elective: PGY3
Brief description: Zambia is an nation of 17 million people in southern Africa, with its capital, Lusaka hosting about 10% of that number. Residents of three countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi receive care at the only oncology specialty facility in the region, namely the Cancer Diseases Hospital. Gaurav spent four weeks in Lusaka and participated in the care of patients as a visiting Radiation Oncology resident. Opportunities including interactions with local staff, house officers, physics personnel, 2-D external beam planning, access to both Cobalt-60 and LINAC infrastructure, brachytherapy and importantly, the breadth of pathology are invaluable in understanding the complexities of cancer care in the developing world. Research opportunities are available as well. Finally, since specialists are clinical oncologists, residents also have the privilege of participation in systemic therapy administration.

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Name: Horia Vulpe
Residency program: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/University of Toronto
Elective location: Accra, Ghana
Elective type (Clinical/Research): Clinical and Research
Year of elective: 2014
Level of residency training at time of elective: PGY 3
Brief description: Clinical and research elective at the National Center for Radiotherapy, part of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Vulpe spent 4 weeks seeing patients and developing a research collaboration focused on cervical cancer outcomes. He also helped prepare a distance education program between the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and the oncology trainees in Accra.