Resident Physicians of the Month

The Resident Physician of the Month Award is meant to recognize and reward outstanding resident physicians who make exceptional contributions in their academic field while still maintaining their work/life balance.

Interested in nominating someone? Fill out a nomination form here.

Dr. Vanessa Rogers
Dr. Kristen Timm
Family Medicine
University of Alberta
Joint submission

Nomination received during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Vanessa Rogers:

I was born and raised in Fernie, BC and I moved to Edmonton when I started University in 2010. I studied neuroscience at the University of Alberta before completing medical school here as well. Over the years, Edmonton became a second home to me and I decided to stay for residency too. My main academic interests include mentorship, women’s health and rural medicine. I also value wellness, and I’ve realized that I learn and work at my best when I make time for my hobbies. I feel like I’ve been able to have a lot of fun during residency, and taking breaks from the hospital has saved me from a lot of stress. I love spending time outdoors, especially when I’m riding my horses or skiing. Otherwise, I try to stay busy with things like ball hockey, skating, spin classes, and reading. As I finish my last year of residency, I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the people who have supported me along the way. I am looking forward to seeing what next year will bring.

Kristen Timm: 

My name is Kristen Timm and I am a PGY-2 in Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. I grew up in the small town of Redwater, Alberta where I had my first exposure to working in a community hospital when I worked as a student intern with long term care patients. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree with High Distinction at Concordia University Edmonton where I majored in Chemistry and minored in Psychology. I completed my MD degree at the University of Alberta. I am currently enjoying my family medicine residency. I love being able to engage with patients, teach them about their medical conditions, and help them become active participants in their own management. I also love any opportunity that I have to work with and teach medical students. Outside of medicine, I enjoy playing ball hockey, having games nights with friends, and being an auntie to my two wonderful nieces.

 A colleague had this to say about Dr. Vanessa Rogers and Dr. Kristen Timm:

Kristen and Vanessa are two R1s in the Family Med (FM) program at the U of A. At the start of residency, they both were very passionate about expanding the women’s health learning opportunities in the program. The two took initiative to advocate for the ALARM course to be funded for all FM resident physicians by making the course a program requirement. They then organized two offerings of the course for all their R1 colleagues, as well as any interested R2s. They liaised with the residency program, the department’s finance office and the SOGC to coordinate the course. The course was extremely well-run and they certainly put in a lot of work to arrange this opportunity for their colleagues. The course will now be organized for all future FM resident physicians, so Kristen and Vanessa have created an impact that will last after they graduate. For their initiative and leadership, I think they are very deserving of this award.

 Congratulations Dr. Vanessa Rogers and Dr. Kristen Timm!


Dr. Melissa MacPherson
Medical Genetics and Genomics
University of Calgary

Nomination received during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

I’m originally from Guelph, Ontario, a small city in Southern Ontario.  I did my undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at McMaster University, PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and Medical School at Western.  I decided that it was time to leave Ontario and have an adventure further away from home. I had the good fortune of matching to the University of Calgary for my residency in Medical Genetics and Genomics and to find myself working at the beautiful Alberta Children’s Hospital. I’m currently in the fifth year of my residency training. I’ve received fantastic training in Medical Genetics in Calgary and have been surrounded by a great group of resident physicians, staff physicians, genetic counselors, dietitians, nurses, and laboratory geneticists who have taught me many things along the way.

In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking and cross-country skiing in the mountains. Sometimes I go alone.  Sometimes I bring along my fellow resident physicians who have joined me for adventures in the rain, sun, freezing cold and even smoky forest fire conditions. Surprisingly, despite all of this, they continue to enthusiastically join me for more adventures away from work! I am truly humbled and honoured to have received this acknowledgement from PARA.

 A colleague had this to say about Dr. Melissa MacPherson:

“It is our pleasure to nominate Melissa for the Resident Physician of the Month. Melissa is in her 4th year of the Medical Genetics residency program and serving as chief resident physician. We have been so impressed with Melissa’s skills balancing her administrative duties as chief, practicing clinical medicine in a demanding specialty, and maintaining a generous outlook and work-life balance. She sets a wonderful example in clinic as she is consistently thorough with her patient evaluations, and takes the time to explain complex genetic conditions to families. She goes above and beyond to teach rotating students, often spending over an hour at a time going through topics. With each new rotation, she will frequently reach out to junior resident physicians to encourage or give words of advice. Our residency is unique in that there is only one resident physician per year, which can be isolating as it can be hard to relate to resident physicians in other programs that we are rotating through. It is comforting to discuss similar experiences with senior resident physicians, and we appreciate her words of advice and concern. Melissa is truly an exceptional resident physician and we feel she is highly deserving of this award. Thanks for your consideration.”

 Congratulations Dr. Melissa MacPherson!


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