Third-year medical student Amira Muftah was selected as a CMHF Award recipient because of her passion for promoting health equity through advocacy, education, and collaboration.

USask medical student part of an inspiring new generation of health leaders and innovators

University of Saskatchewan third-year medical student Amira Muftah has been selected to receive the 2021 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) Award.

“I am honoured to have been selected to receive the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award,” said Muftah. “I’m grateful for this recognition and look forward to the momentum and opportunities this award will bring.”

Second year medical students with an established track record of community leadership, superior communication skills and demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge are recognized today with the CMHF Award.

As a second-year medical student, Muftah displayed her passion for promoting health equity through advocacy, education and collaboration. As the first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Representative for the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan (SMSS), she spearheaded several curricular developments focusing on health equity, anti-oppression and anti-racism.  

As a member of the Admissions Renewal Committee, she recommended innovative approaches to foster an equitable approach to the participation of underrepresented groups in medicine. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she mobilized a student-based taskforce to assist local public health efforts. In order to address the social isolation reported by older adults during this time, she collaborated with a group of peers in connecting these individuals with medical students to connect in weekly phone calls.

To learn more about Amira Muftah, and the full list of 2021 CMHF Award recipients, visit the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame website.

Each recipient receives a cash prize of $5,000 and a travel subsidy to attend the 2022 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Ottawa, Ontario where they will have the opportunity to meet CMHF Laureates and interact with health leaders from across the country.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame partners with donors, MD Financial Management Inc. (MD) and Canada’s medical schools to recognize young leaders who exemplify qualities of CMHF Laureates: perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Each of Canada’s faculties of medicine | health sciences facilitated the review of applicants and recommended one award recipient. Three letters of support are required by applicants including a non-academic community reference describing their community impact, along with a 1,000 word essay describing why they should be considered for the Award and articulating the qualities of the CMHF Laureate who inspires them most.