Dr. Xaviour Walker, former chair and founder of the World Medical Association’s Junior Doctors Network, has been awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada International Resident Leadership Award.
The Royal College citation states that the award was given annually to an international resident who has demonstrated leadership in specialty education and encourages the development of future leaders of medicine. Dr. Walker will collect his award at an international resident leadership summit in Toronto Canada next month.
WMA Chair of Council Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal acknowledged the significant role of Dr. Walker in setting up the Junior Doctors Network within the WMA and his work in progressing important health issues to all doctors across the world in particular the junior doctors group. He said that the award was richly deserved and Dr. Walker was a very worthy recipient.
Dr. Walker, a former President of the New Zealand Medical Students Association, and now an internist resident in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was instrumental in setting up the JDN in 2010, since when it has grown to represent juniors doctors from all parts of the world.