2008 – Nova Scotia

“A role model for the family physician of the 21st Century” is how colleagues refer to Dr Susan Atkinson from Halifax, Nova Scotia. With quiet competence and a ‘mischievous sense of humour’, Susan is recognized for providing outstanding medical care to her patients.

Susan is a medical graduate of Dalhousie and was certified in Family Medicine in 1992. After a locum at the Dalhousie University Health Services, she started her own practice at Camp Hill Family Medicine Centre where she provides peri-natal and intrapartum obstetrics as well as sexual health screening for men and women of all orientations and ages. Susan also works at the Halifax Sexual Health Centre and volunteers her time at Planned Parenthood.

In the prime of her medical career, Susan has accumulated a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience. She doesn’t hesitate to work with challenging and complex patients to whom she offers respect, compassion and understanding.

In addition to teaching medical students and residents at Dalhousie, Susan teaches other healthcare professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacy students and psychiatry residents. She is said to be ‘one of the few who walk-the-talk of inter-professional education’. Susan is also well published and enjoys primary care research.

In 2007, Susan was honoured with the Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence as well as the Faculty Teaching Award from the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie.

Susan’s personal interests are as varied as her busy career. She enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, playing guitar, singing acapella and training dogs for the St. John Ambulance Therapy Program. She and her partner, Lisa, have fun with their two dogs, Java and Lucy, and cats Rosie and Alice.

“I am having a great time doing what I do as a family physician and a teacher. It is an honour to have the work I love be recognized with this award. Thank you to my colleagues, patients and family for all their support.”

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