Fall Formal

October 15, 2022

TCU Place, Saskatoon
Doors open at 6 pm

The Fall Formal is a celebration of undergraduate medical student achievements.

6:00 pm – Doors open
7:00 pm – Elder Blessing and Dinner
8:00 pm – Program

Welcome from the SMSS & Master of Ceremonies
Zoher Rafid-Hamed and Lauren Fraess

Welcome from the College of Medicine
Dr. Kent Stobart, vice-dean education 

Introduction/Welcome to the Class of 2026

Keynote speaker

Dr. Saqib Shahab, Chief Medical Health Officer, Ministry of Health

Undergraduate Medical Education Awards
Dr. Meredith McKague, associate dean, UGME

Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan Awards

10:00 pm – Dance


Anatomy Award

The Anatomy Award is presented annually to the undergraduate student attaining the highest academic standing in courses taken in the Department of Anatomy.

Recipient: Claire DuVal

Dr. R. Neil Beck Memorial Scholarship

Dr. R. Neil Beck

Dr. R. Neil Beck was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, attending Queen’s University Belfast where he received his MB, BAO, BCh (Honours) 1948 and MD (internal medicine and pediatrics) 1952. He worked as a Resident in several hospitals in the UK including Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. His fellowship in endocrinology was completed at New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. As a young endocrinologist, Neil accepted a position at the University Hospital in Saskatoon becoming a full professor. He offered high-quality, meticulous, honest, hands-on compassionate care to his patients. His areas of greatest clinical interest were the management of diabetes, thyroid and pituitary disease. During his career he was instrumental in establishing the Diabetic Education Center at University Hospital which championed a team approach to diabetic care. Neil took great joy in teaching medical students and residents, becoming Program Director for Internal Medicine.

Neil had diverse interests including arts, literature, athletics, nature, architecture and bird hunting. His wife Irene, daughter Dr. Maxine Beck (husband Kelly Prodanuk, Dr. Michael, and Alexandra) and son Brian Beck (wife Jennifer, Matthew, and Justin) survive him. He taught us the importance of being honest, working hard and respecting others. Traits we hope you embody as you move forward in your training and into your career.

This award is presented to a deserving second-year medical student who has excelled in the area of endocrinology, in memory of Dr. R. B. Beck, by his wife, Irene Beck. Dr. Beck came to be a full professor at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, in the late 1950s from Belfast, Northern Ireland and for many years was its only endocrinologist. He practiced with great academic knowledge and compassion. He was known for always going the extra mile for his patients. Dr. Beck demanded perfection from himself and all those who worked with him. His patients greatly appreciated this, and he was considered a mentor by many physicians in training.

Recipient: Tori Shmon

Arthur Lyle Bell Memorial Scholarship

Arthur Lyle Bell"As a United Church Minister, Dad often visited people in hospitals to support their spiritual and emotional needs. When he later became a patient dealing with his own life-threatening illness, he experienced first-hand both the positive and negative impact doctors can have on patients' spiritual and emotional health. Today, a wholistic approach to practicing medicine is much more common. This award was created in memory of Dad and in support of the medical students who are learning how to balance the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of the patient."

The late Reverend Bell, during his illness, talked with junior medical students and stressed the importance of approaching the patient as a whole person. In his memory, a scholarship was established for a student who gives evidence of understanding the patient-physician relationship and demonstrates interest and potential talent in caring for the person, as well as treating the illness, from the moment of first contact.

Recipient: Rosario Hernandez-Barba

Reuben Brant Scholarship in Medicine

This scholarship has been donated by the estate of Mr. Reuben Brant. Three awards shall be presented this year with the selection based on academic achievement in Years 1, 2 and 3. 

Recipients: Year 1: Claire Duval, Year 2: Teagan Holt, Year 3: Jamie Vander Ende

Canadian Medical Association 150th Anniversary Award


"The CMA Foundation is proud to assist and support the next generation of physicians," states Allison Seymour, President. CMA Foundation. "This investment is a key legacy initiative we know will contribute to a strong and meaningful future for the medical community."

This award is provided to a student who best demonstrates the behaviours and values that are closely connected to the aspirations of the medical profession.

Recipient: Mars Zhao

College of Medicine First-Year Student Award

This award is presented to the incoming first-year student who is admitted with the highest admission score, as a welcome to the Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD) program in the College of Medicine.  

Recipient: Natisha Thakkar 

Dr. Gertrude Crabtree Undergraduate Scholarship in Medicine

Given in honour of a person with great compassion, empathy and integrity. Trudy made a positive difference in so many people's lives. This award is intended to pay tribute to her gift of making a difference in a person's life. Pass it on. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

This scholarship is made possible by a gift from Ms. Shivon Crabtree in honour and memory of her sister-in-law, Dr. Gertrude Crabtree, who graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with an MD degree in 1977. This award will be made on the basis of academic achievement as well as consideration of a statement outlining strong ties to the province of Saskatchewan.

Recipient: Elecktra Laxdal

Dean's Award in Medicine

The Dean’s Award was established to recognize a student who has made an outstanding contribution in an area not evaluated by traditional methods. It recognizes achieved national distinction through activities outside the College of Medicine, such as theatre, writing, athletics, music or the visual arts. 

Recipient: Zoey Bourgeois

C. J. Houston Prize in Medical History

This award was established by Dr. C. J. Houston and is award annually to a first-year medical student who submits the best essay on the History of Medicine.

Recipient: Mason Beaulieu

Jon N. Lambi Memorial Scholarship

Jon Lambi“Jon Lambi was a 21-year-old from Saskatoon excited to face his future. He was entering his first year of medical school (and had recently become engaged) when his life was tragically ended in a car accident. Ivo and Jackie Lambi created this award to honour Jon's memory. The Jon Lambi scholarship has been awarded to a deserving first-year medical student for 40 years.”

Jon Lambi was admitted to first-year medicine in 1979 and was killed in a car accident on October 9, 1979. Jon was held in high esteem by all who knew him and in his memory, a scholarship was established. The recipient is chosen from students entering second year in the upper one-tenth of their class who have demonstrated aptitude for the study of medicine combined with a contribution to the undergraduate life of their classmates.

Recipient: Stephanie Bigsby

Dr. Ernest McBrien Award

Dr. Ernest McBrien"Ernie was born in Hafford Saskatchewan, the eldest of three children. After high school, Ernie went to teacher’s college and taught in rural Saskatchewan, as well as Saskatoon. Ernie joined the Air Force, and after the war, he applied to USask for medical school. The Department of Veteran’s Affairs paid the tuition for qualified applicants. Two hundred twenty people applied for 24 seats. In Ernie’s second last year, he won the silver medal, followed by the gold medal in his last year. After his death, I returned these two medals to the university.

USask did not have final courses for medical school, so Ernie applied to the University of Toronto. He applied to intern at the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) in 1951. That same year I graduated in nursing from TEGH. He opened his office for general practice and enjoyed it very much. Ernie was always proud of the university. After his death I wanted to do something that I thought he would like. I hope these funds make life a little easier for someone else."

An award has been established in memory of Dr. Ernest McBrien. The award is presented to students participating in rural medicine experiences including their community experience and rural externship and who also demonstrate an interest in family medicine as a career choice.

Recipient: Sergey Kens

Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) Prize

SMA logo

“One of the Saskatchewan Medical Association’s values is excellence. This award acknowledges excellence in learning in clinical sciences, and the SMA is proud to recognize dedication and exacting standards at this level.”

The SMA annually provides a prize to the student who obtains the highest average in the clinical sciences component of the curriculum.

Recipient: Tori Shmon

The Shirley Anne Bergman Award in Integrative Medicine

To honour their mother and to support the advancement of integrative medicine, the children of Shirley Bergman have created this award, to be presented annually to a third- or fourth-year medical student that has shown an interest in, or aptitude for, the area of integrative medicine.

Recipient: Riley Plett

Gregory A. Stilwell Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Gregory Stilwell was a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology for four and a half years. In his memory, a scholarship is awarded annually to the student who receives the highest mark in the medical microbiology courses.

Recipient: Stephanie Bigsby

Gary L. Stoik Memorial Award

Dr. Gary Stoik

"Dr. Gary Lentis Stoik was a thoracic surgeon to the medical community, but to me he was my adored brother-in-law. Dr. Stoik graduated from the U of S in 1969 as an MD with distinction. He became a surgeon working in the fields of cardiovascular, thoracic, colon and rectal and laparoscopic surgeries in Toronto, Dallas Texas, Coventry and Leeds, England before returning to Toronto. There he became the Head, Division of General Surgery at Toronto’s East General Hospital from 1987–1997. 

As surgeries became increasingly curtailed in Ontario, Dr. Stoik took a leap of faith, applied for and was granted the position of Chief, Division of General Surgery at Shaikh Khalifa Medical Center in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. There he was able to do the work he loved above all, surgery. In the fall of 2001, Dr. Stoik became ill with pancreatic cancer.  He flew home to Toronto where his colleagues performed the whipple surgery. Upon recovery, Dr. Stoik returned to Abu Dhabi to finish out his contract. Only a few short weeks later, home in Toronto, Dr. Stoik passed away. Before his passing Dr. Stoik gave his blessing to the establishment of this scholarship and I know he would have loved to see how it helps future surgeons."

Dr. Gary Stoik was a well-respected general surgeon who worked extensively in the Middle East. This award, donated in his memory by the Stoik Family, is presented to a medical student who is a graduate from a Saskatchewan high school and who has demonstrated an aptitude for surgery.

Recipient: Colten Molnar

Sylvia Turner Scholarship in Medicine

Sylvia Louise Turner was born in Estevan in 1929. Sylvia believed in lifelong learning and passed this love on to her children, all of who went on to pursue higher education at Canadian universities. This award is intended to help others pursue their education goals.

Recipient: Teagan Holt

John Hall Wedge Scholarship in Medicine

Dr. John H. WedgeDr. John Hall Wedge (O.C., MD, FRCSC) funded the scholarship for two reasons. He wanted to recognize his gratitude to the College of Medicine for his outstanding education, and to provide funding to students who excel academically but are not eligible for other scholarships or financial support.

This award rewards the academic achievement of students entering the second year of the MD program at the College of Medicine.

Recipient: Jae Newton

Dr. Werner Wohlfarth Memorial Leadership Prize

Dr. Werner Wohlfarth

“When Dad passed in 2005, we wanted to do something in his memory, as he had such a distinguished career as a family physician in Melville. It was 1977 when Dad was the President of the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served for many years on their Board, but I do not have the exact dates. The photo of him was from that time; he used to travel with my Mom to Saskatoon to attend the College meetings.”

Family and friends of the late Dr. Wohlfarth have provided this award to encourage leadership among undergraduate students in the College of Medicine, who wish to participate on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan Council. Preference will be given to students who intend to practice family medicine.

Recipient: Indiana Best

Weisdorff Bursary

Charles and Nancy Weisdorff moved to Saskatchewan in 1980. Over the years they each benefited greatly from the provincial healthcare system. They realized the importance of having skilled doctors to provide quality care to communities throughout Saskatchewan and the Northern Canadian Territories. This award is made in gratitude to the medical community and to assist those students without sufficient financial resources to realize their calling in the field of medicine as medical doctors. 

The award is presented to a first-year student and is based on financial need and strong academic standing. 

Recipient: Ananna Arna

Dr. Harold Prokopishyn Scholarship

Dr. Harold Prokopishyn (MD’59) grew up in a large family in small-town Saskatchewan. The son of Ukrainian immigrants, he pursued a teaching certificate and taught for several years before re-entering university to pursue medical studies.

After graduation, Dr. Prokopishyn remained in Saskatchewan to complete his residency and post-graduate training. A few years later he moved to Richmond, Virginia to further train in general surgery. In 1966, Dr. Prokopishyn

was recruited by Dr. Brian Haig to return to Canada and take over the surgical practice of the Haig clinic in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Dr. Prokopishyn practiced as a surgeon for over 50 years. He was one of the first general surgeons in Lethbridge, going on to become the chief of surgery and eventually the chief of staff at Lethbridge Regional Hospital. 

"This University of Saskatchewan is where I got my start. I'm happy I'm able to help out students at a time when they need it the most." This annual award is a bequest from the estate of Dr. Prokopishyn and is presented to students based on academic achievement. 

Recipient: Claire DuVal

University of Saskatchewan Scholarships and the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Scholarships  

The University of Saskatchewan Scholarships and the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Scholarships have been allocated to colleges based on the number of full-time undergraduate students enrolled in each college for the 2022-2023 fall and winter terms. The awards are distributed to year 2-4 students based on academic performance in the 2021-2022 session.

University of Saskatchewan Scholarships

Recipients: Year 1: Claire Duval, Year 2: Teagan Holt, Year 3: Jamie Vander Ende

University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Scholarships

Recipients:  Year 2: Jae Newton, Year 2: Stephanie Bigsby, Year 3: Tori Shmon, Year 3: Filip Davidovic, Year 4: Devynn McKenzie, Year 4: Ryan LaBossiere 

The Flowers Bursary

This award was created through a bequest from the estate of Lilian Louise Flowers. She designated it be awarded annually to a student entering the second year of the MD program in the College of Medicine.

Recipient: Lindsay Balezantis

Neurology Education Fund

The purpose of the Neurology Education Fund is to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate medical students in the College of Medicine.

Recipient: Gloria Sun

Dr. Stanley J. Mazurkie Memorial Award

Dr. Stanley J. Mazurkie was a graduate of the first class of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine in 1957. He was the child of immigrant parents who came to Canada from Ukraine. This award is to recognize the academic achievement of a student of Aboriginal ancestry who is entering the Doctor of Medicine degree program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Recipient: Travis Black

Drs. Shashi and Pravesh Suri Award

Drs. Shashi and Pravesh Suri have established this award to show their appreciation of the University of Saskatchewan medical school, promote academic excellence, and provide opportunities to those medical students in financial need. This is awarded to a first-year and a second-year student in the top 10% of their class.

Recipients: Year 1: Sarah Durr, Year 2: Namrata Das

Manju L. Khandelwal Memorial Scholarship

Manju L. Khandelwal was a university student who died in the crash of Air India flight 182 off the coast of Ireland on June 23, 1985. The Khandelwal family established a scholarship in her memory to the College of Medicine, which is directed to a student’s performance in biochemistry courses prior to admission.

Recipient: Annaka Chorneyko

Aboriginal Health and Culture Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize a student who promotes Aboriginal Health and culture at the University of Saskatchewan or in the greater community.

Recipient: Jacqueline Nokosis

Spirit of the Class Award   
Recipients: Class of 2023: Eman Abdulhadi, Class of 2024: Rubia Ahmed, Class of 2025: Lauren Fraess

Student Participation Award 
Recipients: Class of 2023: Eman Abdulhadi, Class of 2024: Revathi Nair, Class of 2025: Austin McGrath

MVP Saskatoon
Recipients: Class of 2023: Shayan Shirazi, Class of 2024: Caitlin Wotton, Class of 2025: Erin White

MVP Regina   
Recipients: Class of 2023 - Eman Abdulhadi, Class of 2024 - Nina Wingate 

College-Wide Awards

Honourary President
Recipient: Dr. Greg Malin

Student Group of the Year
Recipient: Students for Harm Reduction and Informed Policy (SHRIP)

Global/Community Health Award
Recipient: Ava Bayat

Pre-Clerkship Teacher of the Year
Recipient: Dr. Kelsey Brose

Clerkship Teacher of the Year
Recipient: Dr. Stan Bardal