The BCMJ is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 J.H. MacDermot Prize for Excellence in Medical Journalism: Dr Derry Dance. Dr Dance was a UBC medical student when he was the lead author of “Removal of ear canal foreign bodies: What can go wrong and when to refer” (2009;51:20-24), coauthored with Drs M. Riley and J.P. Ludemann.
The MacDermot Prize, which comes a $1000 cheque, honors Dr John Henry MacDermot (1883–1969), who became the editor of the Vancouver Medical Bulletin at its formation in 1924.
He remained at the helm until 1959, when it became the BC Medical Journal. He was editor of the BCMJ until he retired in 1967. Dr MacDermot was also past president of both the VMA and the BCMA.
Congratulations, Dr Dance.
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