Medical Council of Canada

Dr. Ian Bowmer Award for Leadership in Social Accountability

Dr. Ian Bowmer Award for Leadership in Social Accountability

Dr. Nicole Thompson

Dr. Nicole Thompson graduated from the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine in June 2019 and has since started her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia. Prior to medical school, she worked as an occupational therapist and case management practice lead for Alberta Health Services. She has completed multiple certificates in health leadership and quality improvement, as well as a Masters Degree in wound management. She was also a sessional lecturer for the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and provided interdisciplinary wound-care workshops throughout Canada.  

During medical school, Dr. Thompson was involved in several student-led quality improvement initiatives, including authorship of an interprofessional collaboration core document and curriculum content for transgender medicine. The content was created with multiple physician stakeholders and, more importantly, with members of the gender diverse community. It was officially adopted by the University of Calgary in September 2018 and will continue to be part of the medical school curriculum going forward. She was also involved in student government as a Global Health Liaison for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, the VP Global Health for the Calgary Medical Students Association and the Chair of the Calgary Interprofessional Education Committee.             

In addition to her work at the local level, Dr. Thompson has also initiated a Canada-wide Delphi study with the goal of developing a national strategy for how undergraduate medical institutions teach gender-affirming care and transgender medicine. She continues to work closely with her mentor, Dr. Rachel Ellaway, on this study and hopes that the results of which will ultimately improve how physicians engage with gender-diverse patients and play a role in improving overall health outcomes for this population.   


Dr. Lloyd Douglas

Dr. Lloyd Douglas is a 2019 graduate from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) where he also received his Family Medicine training and received Certification of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP) in 2016. In addition, he completed his BSc in Medical Technology at the Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica in 2001; obtained his medical training and MBBS from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica in 2007; and his MPH from Lakehead University in 2019.

In July 2019, the last month of his PHPM residency, Dr. Douglas served as safety officer and medical liaison for the Independent First Nations Alliance (IFNA) Emergency Operation Centre for the second Pikangikum First Nation Wildfire evacuation. Presently he works with IFNA as a physician consultant and is part of a team that is addressing emergency management preparedness and response for IFNA communities and is exploring upstream solutions to problematic substance use in IFNA communities. He aspires to be part of a team that will adapt and implement the ‘Nuka System of Care’ for IFNA communities.