Dr. Alice Benjamin Fund / Fonds Dre Alice Benjamin

The Dr. Benjamin touch (Version française ci-dessous)

With maternal-fetal medicine specialist Dr. Alice Benjamin beginning to contemplate retirement, the time to thank her is now. Let’s ensure that her lessons—of gratitude, humility and resourcefulness—forever live on at McGill.

In so doing, you will be carrying some of that special Dr. Benjamin touch into the future… for the benefit of mothers and babies at home and around the world. THANK YOU!

A gift to education

Dr. Alice Benjamin has delivered tens of thousands of babies, inspired decades of McGill residents, and significantly reduced stillbirths and miscarriages in her high-risk patients.

But if someone compliments her on her achievements, she redirects. Praise, she feels, should be given to her peers in the developing world.

“Look at those doctors there with so little, yet they can manage so much. How can they do that? And how can I translate that here?” she asks.

For Dr. Benjamin, Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, there is much to be learned from this kind of resourcefulness.

It is in support of this educational philosophy, with its emphasis on appreciating what you have and making do, that a group of Dr. Benjamin’s former patients, along with their families and friends, have come together to launch a campaign in her name via McGill Global Health Programs and the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the McGill Faculty of Medicine. Will you join us?

Giving the Dr. Benjamin vision a forever home at McGill

In the first stage of our campaign, the Dr. Alice Benjamin Fund will provide recipients with an opportunity to witness maternal health care as it is practiced in low-resource settings. While learning alongside their counterparts in developing countries, recipients will also impart valuable knowledge and skills. Although preference will be given to medical residents, the award will be open to undergraduate students, graduate students and fellows of any McGill Faculty of Medicine program or school.

There are very few awards of this kind directed at residents, says Dr. Benjamin, so there is a tremendous need for this at the University. It is hoped that the Fund will one day be able to provide exchanges for foreign medical residents to visit McGill as well as support for large-scale research projects, postdoctoral fellowships and possibly even a chair in maternal and women’s health. The Fund will also bring guest speakers for grand rounds and lecture series in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

What you can do

A committee of grateful families has already raised more than $100,000 for the Dr. Alice Benjamin Fund. To meet their $1 million target, they are appealing to other families, as well as to Dr. Benjamin’s former students and residents, her past and present colleagues, and friends of McGill Global Health Programs and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

No gift is too small. Each and every one is an important “thank you” to Dr. Benjamin.

Are you interested in making a pledge over more than a year? Please click here to give through the McGill giving site.

To make a major gift, to join the fundraising committee, or for more information on how to get involved, please contact ManLi Que, Advancement Manager, McGill Faculty of Medicine, at manli.que [at] mcgill.ca or 514-398-5304.

Thank you for spreading the word about this campaign using the hashtags #OurDrBenjamin #NotreDreBenjamin


La touche de la Dre Benjamin

Maintenant que la Dre Alice Benjamin, spécialiste en médecine fœto-maternelle, commence à songer à la retraite, le temps est venu de la remercier. Assurons-nous que ses leçons – de gratitude, d’humilité et d’ingéniosité — restent toujours bien vivantes à McGill.

Ce faisant, vous transmettrez cette touche bien spéciale de la Dre Benjamin aux générations futures… au profit des mères et des bébés ici comme ailleurs dans le monde. MERCI!

Un don pour l’éducation

La Dre Alice Benjamin a mis au monde des milliers de bébés, inspiré des générations de résidents de McGill et grandement réduit les mortinaissances et les fausses-couches chez ses patientes à haut risque.

Mais quand on la complimente sur ses succès, elle détourne le compliment. Elle a le sentiment que les éloges doivent aller vers ses pairs dans les pays en développement.

« Voyez ces médecins qui avec si peu arrivent à faire tellement. Comment y arrivent-ils? Et comment puis-je transposer cela ici? », demande-t-elle.

Pour la Dre Benjamin, professeure agrégée en obstétrique et gynécologie, il y a beaucoup à apprendre de cette ingéniosité.

C’est en soutien à cette philosophie éducative, qui insiste sur la valorisation de ce que vous avez et sur la débrouillardise, qu’un groupe d’anciennes patientes de la Dre Benjamin ont uni leurs efforts à ceux de leurs familles et amis pour lancer une campagne en son nom par l’entremise des programmes de santé mondiale de McGill et du département d’obstétrique et gynécologie de la Faculté de médecine de McGill. Serez-vous des nôtres?

Offrir à la vision de la Dre Benjamin un toit pour la vie à McGill

Dans la première phase de notre campagne, le Fonds Dre Alice Benjamin donnera l’occasion aux lauréats d’aller voir comment les soins de santé maternelle se pratiquent dans les milieux à faibles ressources. Tout en poursuivant leur apprentissage aux côtés de leurs collègues dans des pays en développement, les lauréats pourront aussi transmettre de précieuses connaissances et compétences. Même si la préférence sera donnée aux résidents en médecine, le prix sera ouvert aux étudiants de premier, deuxième et troisième cycles de tous les programmes et écoles de la Faculté de médecine de McGill.  

Il y a très peu de prix de ce type créé à l’intention des résidents, de dire la Dre Benjamin, et on en a grandement besoin à l’université. Il est à espérer qu’un jour le Fonds puisse proposer des échanges entre des résidents étrangers en médecine et McGill, et soutenir des projets de recherche à grande échelle, des stages postdoctoraux et, qui sait, même une chaire en santé des mères et des femmes. Le Fonds permettra aussi de recevoir des conférenciers pour les séances scientifiques et les cycles de conférences au département d’obstétrique et de gynécologie.

Ce que vous pouvez faire

Un comité de familles reconnaissantes a déjà amassé plus de 100 000 $ pour le Fonds Dre Alice Benjamin. Pour atteindre l’objectif de 1 million de dollars, elles font appel aux autres familles ainsi qu’aux anciens étudiants et résidents de la Dre Benjamin, à ses collègues actuels et passés ainsi qu’à ses amis des Programmes de santé mondiale et du Département d’obstétrique et gynécologie de McGill.  

Aucun don n’est trop petit. Chacun est un « merci » important pour la Dre Benjamin.

Vous aimeriez vous engager pour plus d’un an? Cliquez ici pour faire un don sur le site de don de McGill.

Pour faire un don majeur, partager votre histoire, vous joindre au comité de financement ou savoir comment vous impliquer, veuillez communiquer avec ManLi Que, responsable, avancement, Faculté de médecine de McGill, à manli.que [at] mcgill.ca ou 514 398‑5304.

Merci de faire connaître cette campagne avec les mots-clics #NotreDreBenjamin #OurDrBenjamin

Meet the Project Team: 
Joanne Vrakas
  • Grateful patient of Dr. Benjamin

“During my first pregnancy, we found out the baby was breech. To complicate things, my mother was killed when I was four months pregnant. I was devastated. Dr. B. stepped in and somehow not only made sure the baby was ok, but became like a second mother to me. She is part of our family now. Not only does this initiative honour her, it helps further what she loves to do most: teaching and connecting with people, promoting health and well-being, and inspiring the next generation to become better doctors.”

Lorne Lieberman
  • Spouse of grateful patient of Dr. Benjamin

“My wife and I moved to Montreal in 2005, when she was pregnant with our second child. A close friend steered us toward Dr. Benjamin, who would go on to deliver our three Montreal-born children. From her professional expertise to her ability to communicate with her patients, Dr. Benjamin was an angel three times over for us. Like so many people, I wondered how we as a community could give back to her. Creating a fund in her name that would support McGill residents traveling to and learning from under-resourced countries seems such a fitting recognition of Dr. Benjamin.”

Armand Aalamian
  • Former medical resident of Dr. Benjamin

“Dr. Benjamin has influenced my career and my life for 30 years now, first as a medical student, then as a resident, and now as a colleague. Her love of learning and dedication to her patients is contagious. I feel fortunate to have had such an incredible role model in my life. Now with an award in her name, we can continue what Alice Benjamin has advocated for her entire career: excellence in providing care to pregnant women rooted in an evidence-based approach.”

Andrew Zakhari
  • Current medical resident of Dr. Benjamin

"Dr. Benjamin has been an incredible role model and teacher to me over the past 5 years of residency. Not only is her devotion to her patients unparalleled, but she genuinely cares for each and every resident in OBGYN, doing her best to impart some of her tremendous knowledge with each patient encounter. It is never too late at night or too busy a shift for Dr. Benjamin to engage in some teaching, drawing our attention to the fascinating aspects of a particular case or ensuring we really appreciate the medical complexities with which we are surrounded. Her love of not only obstetrics, but medicine at large is quickly noticeable in any discussion, and her contribution to medical education at McGill throughout her remarkable career cannot be overstated. I am thrilled that the community is rallying to honour her legacy with the creation of the Dr. Alice Benjamin Fund, which will provide amazing opportunities for residents to participate in global health projects around the world."