Three McGill Faculty of Medicine members, Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, Dr. Laurie Plotnick and Prof. David Ragsdale, were recently announced as 2017 Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merits awards, which promotes, recognizes and rewards faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools.

Dr. Sarkis Meterissian

A graduate of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Sarkis Meterissian completed his residency in General Surgery at McGill.  He then completed successive two-year fellowships in Surgical Oncology Research in Boston and in Clinical Surgical Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  Dr. Meterissian has been at McGill since 1994 and is a tenured Professor of Surgery and Oncology.  He was Program Director of General Surgical Oncology and then General Surgery.  He completed two terms as Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education.  He was instrumental in the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s initiative, the Future of Medical Education in Canada.

“Being selected by my peers at McGill for this national recognition is a true honor,” says Dr. Meterissian of the CAME award. “In 2005 I was selected to be on the Faculty Honour List for McGill and this national award crowns my path in medical education.”

Dr. Laurie Plotnick

After completing her MDCM degree at McGill University, Dr. Laurie Plotnick completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre. She is an Associate Director (Education) in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Her main interest is in medical education at all learner levels with emphasis on learning methods and curricular development. Dr. Plotnick is the Director of the Transition to Clinical Practice component of McGill’s Undergraduate Medical Education and the Associate Chair (Education) of the Department of Pediatrics.

“I am honoured to receive recognition from McGill and CAME for my efforts in medical education that allow me to be an ongoing educator and learner simultaneously,” says Dr. Plotnick of the award.

Professor David Ragsdale

Professor David Ragsdale is an Associate Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. Professor Ragsdale teaches and coordinates many courses on neuroscience and related topics for undergraduate students, graduate students and medical students. He is a member of the McGill Centre for Medical Education, a former Teaching Scholar and a previous recipient of the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence. He participates with McGill’s Teaching and Learning Services and the Faculty of Medicine Faculty Development Advisory Group in numerous initiatives to improve teaching at McGill.

“Teaching and my relationships with the students are the things I value most about being a McGill professor,” notes Professor Ragsdale. “That’s why receiving acknowledgement for my role as an educator means a lot to me.”

The three recipients will be recognized at the upcoming CAME Annual General Meeting which is held in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 18:30 at the Delta Hotel.

Congratulations to all three winners!


April 21, 2017