Resident Leadership Award

Royal College Specialities & Subspecialities

Instituted in 2020, this award recognizes a Dalhousie Medical School resident in a Royal College Specialty or Subspecialty program who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in their field. Areas of leadership could include but are not limited to advocacy, research, community engagement, mentorship of students and/or other residents, or administration. Nominees must be in a residency program at time of nomination to be eligible.


2021: Dr. Marissa LeBlanc (MD'17, PGY 4)


Dr. LeBlanc is an exceptional leader, advocate and scholar making her a top candidate for this award. Throughout her training, Dr. LeBlanc has consistently sought to improve the experiences of learners. Her student leadership roles included serving as DMSS Vice-President of Medical Education and Class of 2017 Co-President. She continues to develop as a resident leader within the Department of Psychiatry, elected to the roles of Class Representative, Clinical Neuropsychiatry Representative, Associate Chief Resident, and now, Chief Resident. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Maritime Resident Doctors, and of Resident Doctors of Canada representing her colleagues across the country.

In addition to her outstanding leadership, Dr. LeBlanc is a strong advocate for health system improvement. She particularly appreciates the hardships of patients who are unable to receive care in their native language. As such, she spearheaded the “French in Medicine” initiative allowing Francophone medical trainees to improve health-care delivery in linguistic minority settings. This earned her a seat on the Board of Réseau Santé Nouvelle-Écosse, an association that brings stakeholders from the healthcare sector and the francophone community together to improve access to French-language health services.

Finally, Dr. LeBlanc is an accomplished scholar. She completed a PhD and pursued international postdoctoral fellowships prior to attending medical school. She continued her research as a medical student serving as a Protocol Chair for a clinical trial and completed a pediatric genetics elective in France. Her research interests continue during Psychiatry residency, where she is involved in a randomized controlled trial using genetic counselling to prevent the consequences of cannabis use on mental health.

Past award recipients

2020: Dr. Leo Fares (MD ’16, PGY 5)