On August 23, Louise Caouette Laberge, MD, of Mont-Royal, Quebec, will receive the Canadian Medical Association 2006 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. The May Cohen Award is awarded annually to a woman physician who has demonstrated mentoring abilities, such as encouraging, facilitating, and supporting mentored physicians in career and leadership development and acting as an effective role model in medicine or medical leadership.

“I have been lucky to enter into a career that I truly enjoy and where I can contribute to the training of future surgeons,” says Laberge. “Teaching is more that the simple transmission of knowledge—rather, it is the ability to develop in others enthusiasm and love of learning. And learning by example, be it with students or with one’s ownchildren, is often more efficient than lengthy speeches.”

Laberge is  currently the chief of plastic surgery and director of the cleft lip and palate clinic, at Ste Justine’s children’s hospital in Montreal. A clinical professor at the University of Montréal, she wasdirector of the plastic surgery residency training program from 2000 to 2006.

[www.newswire.ca, August 9, 2006]