$3-million gift creates new Chair in Medical Education. Prominent McGill supporters join with The Molson Foundation to bolster training of tomorrow's physicians.
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$3-million gift creates new Chair in Medical Education Prominent
McGill supporters join with The Molson Foundation to bolster
training of tomorrow's physicians
Following on the heels of a $2.4-million gift which launched
McGill's bold new Healthier Societies Initiative, another major
gift of $3 million has just arrived to improve the training of our
next generation of medical leaders.
The Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education has
been created by generous gifts of $1 million each from Mrs. Deirdre
Stevenson and Dr. Robert Stevenson, Mr. Herbert Black, and The
Molson Foundation. Named in honour of internationally recognized
McGill physicians and educators Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess, the
Chair will be awarded to a world-class scholar who will reinforce
McGill's ability to educate talented clinicians and researchers,
and who will influence the development of innovative medical
curricula and teaching methods around the world.
An endowed Chair gives a university the means, in perpetuity, to
fund world-class scholars who lead new research initiatives,
attract talented students, and heighten international awareness of
"McGill's Faculty of Medicine has long been recognized as a
world leader in medical education," said Dr. Richard I. Levin,
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the Faculty of
Medicine. "This new Chair will allow the Faculty to build on its
momentum, while strengthening our ability to prepare a new
generation of doctors for the future of medicine."
"We are overjoyed by this honour and deeply grateful to our
friends who are responsible for it," said Dr. Richard Cruess. "It
is exactly the type of legacy that we would both like to leave."
Dr. Sylvia Cruess added: "This new Chair will ensure that the art
and science of pedagogy, which has begun to make medical education
so effective, will continue to have an impact at McGill and beyond.
Thanks to our friends' extraordinary generosity, the field of
medical education at McGill will continue to flourish, building on
the work of our many McGill colleagues over the years."
Based at McGill's Centre for Medical Education since 1995, Drs.
Richard and Sylvia Cruess have been recognized for their original
contributions to the understanding of medical professionalism and
its relationship with medicine's social contract. They have spoken
around the world and published extensively on the definition of
medical professionalism, as well as how to teach and evaluate it.
Dr. Richard Cruess is a former Chair of Orthopedic Surgery and Dean
of McGill¹s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Sylvia Cruess is an
endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine who served for 18 years
as the medical director of the Royal Victoria Hospital.
"Through research and development, the Centre for Medical
Education promotes excellence and innovation in both education and
practice," said the Centre¹s Director, Dr. Yvonne Steinert. "Our
goal is to ensure our students continue to live up to McGill¹s
legacy of producing caring, compassionate and professional
physicians. Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess are visionary leaders
who have furthered this legacy over the course of their remarkable
careers, and we are truly delighted this first Chair in Medical
Education is named in their honour."
Mrs. Deirdre Stevenson (née Molson), a native Montrealer, has
long been a prominent contributor to many charitable causes in the
city. Her husband Dr.
Robert Stevenson is a McGill graduate (BA'49, BD'61) and a
retired professor in the Faculty of Religious Studies who served as
McGill's Dean of Students from 1983 to 1985. Previously, they have
funded the Deirdre and Robert Stevenson Award for graduate students
in the Faculty of Religious Studies, as well as the South Asian
Religions Distinguished Lectureship, along with many other generous
gifts since 1949.
Mr. Herbert Black, a well-known Montreal businessman and
philanthropist, is also the parent of a McGill graduate. Since
1986, he has supported multiple areas at McGill from libraries to
music to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), including
endowing the Herbert Black Chair in Surgical Oncology and funding
the Herbert Black Unit for Teaching and Learning in Medicine.
This gift continues the extensive legacy of the Molson family,
whose transformative support to McGill stretches back to the 19th
century. In fact, McGill¹s first endowed Chair (in English
literature) was established in 1857 with a generous gift from the
three Molson brothers, John Jr., William and Thomas. Established in
1958, The Molson Foundation has continued the family¹s tradition of
visionary support to a broad spectrum of areas at McGill, including
athletics, infrastructure, several faculties, and the MNI.
"This is an extraordinary example of our loyal McGill community
working together to realize Campaign McGill¹s vision of addressing
critical global challenges," said Marc Weinstein, Vice-Principal
(Development and Alumni Relations). "The creation of a new Chair in
this vital field of medical education was a key goal in our
campaign. Not only has this first Chair been established, we have
also received two other gifts, one which establishes a fellowship
in this area, and the other for program support. I'm thrilled this
goal has now been accomplished, thanks to the generosity of these
The $3-million gift helps to keep the momentum going for
History in the Making, the University¹s historic fundraising
drive. To date, Campaign McGill has surpassed $577 million through
gifts of all sizes from more than 78,800 donors around the
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