2019 J.H. MacDermot writing award winner

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62 , No. 6 , July August 2020 , Pages 208 News
Dr Moor-Smith
Dr Moor-Smith

The 2019 J.H. MacDermot Prize for Excellence in Medical Journalism: Best article or essay was awarded to Dr Moor-Smith for his article, “The world’s most poisonous mushroom, Amanita phalloides, is growing in BC” [BCMJ 2019;61:20-24].

Dr Moor-Smith wrote the article as a medical student (class of 2020) in the University of British Columbia Island Medical Program with coauthors Mr Raymond Li, a drug and poison information pharmacist at the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre, and Dr Omar Ahmad, a physician with Island Health, head of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr Moor-Smith graduated from UBC’s Island Medical Program and is starting his residency in emergency medicine at UBC. His professional interests are broad but consistently include medical education and acute care medicine.

BC medical students are encouraged to submit full-length scientific articles and essays for publication consideration. Each year the BCMJ awards a prize of $1000 for the best article or essay written by a medical student in the province of BC. For more information about the award, visit www.bcmj.org/submit-article-award.

. 2019 J.H. MacDermot writing award winner. BCMJ, Vol. 62, No. 6, July, August, 2020, Page(s) 208 - News.



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