Drs. Colm McCarthy and Seyara Shwetz: 2019 Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award recipients

Royal College Staff
September 3, 2019 | Author: Royal College Staff

Dr. Colm McCarthy, MDCM, MSc Health Science Education, McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada)

Dr. McCarthy’s work as an emergency medical technician in the United States following Hurricane Katrina inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. In 2013, he graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.

He is currently a Chief Orthopaedic Surgery Resident at McMaster University, where he completed the Clinician Investigator Program, obtaining a master’s degree in Health Science Education with a focus on competency based medical education (CBME), feedback and assessment.

Dr. McCarthy’s interests extend beyond educational methods and include concerns for learners. He advocates for improving resident education, as well as improving residents’ lives. At McMaster, he has been involved in CBME at all levels.

Provincially, he spent two terms as vice president of the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario and three years on the board of directors focusing on optimizing medical education, physician wellness, and physician advocacy. He also served two years as vice chair of the Ontario Medical Association’s section of residents.

Nationally, Dr. McCarthy was a member of the board of directors and the training committee co-chair of Resident Doctors of Canada. He has served on three Royal College committees including the Residency Accreditation Committee.

Dr. McCarthy’s research and advocacy focuses on the importance of collaboration, physician leadership and communication to promote wellness and education. His current and future endeavors aim to focus on recognition and treatment of burnout.

As a father, physician, and medical educator, Dr. McCarthy attributes his success to having had an incredibly supportive wife who has encouraged him to pursue all of these endeavors. He is grateful to have been in a residency that encouraged participation in leadership and to have worked with so many incredible doctors at all levels of training. Dr. McCarthy is accepting this award on behalf of his peers, family and program that have led and achieved with him along the way.

Dr. McCarthy is a clinician, mentor and leader who is committed to advancing medical education to enhance patient care. Please join us in congratulating Dr. McCarthy on this prestigious honour.


Dr. Seyara Shwetz, MD, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada)

Dr. Seyara Shwetz is in her fourth year of residency training. She is pursuing dual certification in Emergency Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta. She is involved in enhancing her fellow residents’ wellness, learning and advancing the profession of medicine.

Dr. Shwetz is an active leader in the resident physician community. She is currently serving on the board of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) as chair, secretary and co-chair for its Wellness Committee.

As a keen residents’ wellness champion, Dr. Shwetz introduced a wellness program at the University of Saskatchewan to encourage all residents to be involved in sports and arts including playing hockey, football, basketball or painting. She secured $10,000 in funding to enable all residents at her institution to receive RDoC’s Resilience Training Workshop.

Passionate advocate for residents’ learning, Dr. Shwetz is currently collaborating with the Saskatchewan Medical Association and Saskatchewan Ministry of Health to change legislation to allow residents to access patients’ Electronic Medical Records (EMR). This would allow residents to follow-up on their patient’s outcomes for their own learning.

Committed to providing the best patient care, Dr. Shwetz collaborates with Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) Show Saskatchewan, a national program that aims to enhance emergency care for children in rural areas.

Dr. Shwetz’s contributions demonstrate her outstanding leadership, passion and dedication to enhance patient care and advance residency education. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Shwetz on this well-deserved honour.