2021 Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award Winner
Dr. Frank Molnar
Dr. Frank Molnar has served on the CGS Executive since 2000 in a variety of roles including Vice-President, President (2017-2019), first webmaster and several stints as Secretary-Treasurer. He helped lead the CGS through several crises and helped transform the CGS into a not-for profit organization, helping write many of the bylaws of our organization and hiring our stellar secretariat. Dr. Molnar has served as CGS delegate to the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). He co-founded the CGS Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Dr. Molnar is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the CGS CME Journal (www.geriatricsjournal.ca ). He currently serves as the CGS Special Interest Group (SIG) Steering Committee Co-chair, CGS Webmaster among other CGS roles.
On behalf of the CGS, in 2011 Dr. Molnar presented to House of Commons Standing Committee on Health regarding chronic disease affecting seniors successfully convincing the committee that dementia was a chronic disease, which they had not previously acknowledged, which can contribute to loss of control of other chronic diseases (he coined the term “dementia domino effect”).
In 2016 Dr. Molnar presented on two occasions (first as a representative of the CMA and later the CGS) to the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology as it was soliciting expert input on a national dementia strategy. In 2017 he was invited to present on behalf of that Senate Committee at a televised event on Parliament Hill (an increasingly familiar venue as he had previously helped the CMA promote the Wait Times Alliance and the need for a national seniors’ strategy on Parliament Hill). Later in 2017 Dr. Molnar was once again invited by the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology to provide input regarding Bill C-277, An Act providing for the development of a framework on Palliative Care in Canada.
From 2018-2019 Dr. Molnar represented the CGS on the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Health Professional Forum (Public Health Agency of Canada) providing advice on several PHAC initiatives including the national dementia plan.
Most recently, in partnership with Dr. Allen Huang and Dr. Mary Tinetti, Dr. Molnar launched the Geriatric 5Ms (Mind, Mobility, Medications, Multiple Interacting chronic diseases, Matters Most) which have been translated into French and Spanish and which are employed in clinical work and to structure education in a variety of settings including Canada, the UK, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Central America, and Africa. He invites CGS members to learn more at www.geriatric5ms.ca and to consider buying Geriatric 5M mousepads for colleagues and trainees (all proceeds go the CGS Foundation to support bodies such as the Student and Resident Geriatric Interest Groups – NGIGs and RGIGs).Informally, Frank has been called by some ‘the used car salesman of Canadian Geriatrics”. He hopes these skills have allowed him to effectively contribute to the growth of the CGS as a national force. Frank attributes the above success to the mentorship and support he has received in the CGS and would like to thank all past and present CGS members who have served on committees and the executive for all they have done in founding and growing our fantastic society. He would like to encourage all younger and newer members to consider joining CGS committees ( http://canadiangeriatrics.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/CGS-Organizational-Chart-for-website.pdf) and Special Interest Groups (SIGs - https://canadiangeriatrics.ca/special-interest-groups/ ) as such experiences will help them develop a national network of friends which, in turn, will enhance their professional opportunities and social lives as active contributing members of the CGS family.
2021 Peter McCracken Physician Innovator in Education Award Winner
Dr. Thiru Yogaparan
Thiru Yogaparan is a Clinician Teacher, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. She is the Baycrest Site Education Director for the Geriatric Medicine residency program and is the Executive Medical Director for Baycrest’s Hospital. She served as the inaugural Undergraduate Geriatrics/ Care of the Elderly Theme Lead at the University of Toronto from 2015-2020. Thiru has transformed undergraduate geriatrics education at the University of Toronto by doubling the number of hours of geriatrics teaching in the pre-clerkship curriculum, integrating geriatrics throughout the pre-clerkship curriculum and successfully advocating for a mandatory 2-week clerkship rotation in geriatrics, which sets a standard for other medical schools to follow. She is also leading the development of the Geriatrics Hub, an online portal of evidence-based geriatric education resources and self-learning modules for medical students. She is currently leading a working group in the Education Committee of the Canadian Geriatrics Society to revise the Canadian medical student graduating competencies in geriatrics. She has a special interest in teaching and education and a passion for expanding and un-compartmentalizing geriatric education. Thiru is an outstanding clinician, teacher and mentor and has developed innovative learning approaches. Throughout her career, she has taught and mentored numerous undergraduate and post-graduate students. She has won several teaching awards. She has worked on several quality initiatives in collaboration with Baycrest Divisional members.
After completion of her undergraduate medical degree from University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, she went to complete her postgraduate medical degree in internal medicine from Colombo University, Sri Lanka. She completed her internal medicine residency at Bridgeport Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine and completed her geriatric medicine residency at University of Toronto. She served as a chief resident during internal medicine and geriatric medicine residency programs. She completed the Master Teacher Program, Certificate Course in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPs), and the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course at the University of Toronto.
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