Dr Paul Dhillon studied the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 2014. Since graduating he has won the 2017 Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders for his tireless work and commitment to improving health globally.
Dr Dhillon chose to study at LSHTM knowing the School’s reputation, history and impact globally. He recalls taking a trip to London before applying to the School in the hopes of one day being lucky enough to attend. His degree at LSHTM provided a “brilliant finish” to his postgraduate training and had a significant impact on his work in Sierra Leonne on the Ebola Response with Save The Children. His time at the school has opened up opportunities and experiences that have enriched his career.
The School opened up conversations and gave “an incredible network of colleagues” that went on to do amazing work all over the world. He formed strong bonds with his classmates during his time at the School, being granted the opportunity to work in rural Cameroon with Spreading Health, a charity set up by a fellow classmate Dr. Peter Hearn.
The CMA Award for Young leaders celebrates the efforts of young physician leaders of tomorrow with their efforts today, being awarded to those that demonstrate exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership. When choosing Dr Dhillon the CMA noted his accomplishments to date make it difficult to believe he is still at the early stages of his medical career. His work to date includes editing a book (The Surprising Lives of Small Town Doctors) for which all proceeds are donated to charity, serving as a Medical Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and serving as the Senior Medical Authority for Ex Artic Ram and Ex Artic Bison. His experiences have taken him all over the globe developing and enhancing his career. The College of Family Physicians has also acknowledged Dr Dhillon’s work, awarding him the Murray Stalker Award for the family medicine resident most likely to become a future leader in the field. Despite being in the early stages of his career, Dr Dhillion has been commended for his work ethic and skill throughout all the projects he has worked on. Dr Dhillon highlighted what an honour it was to receive the awards and to be “recognised by your peers for your work”, the work and projects he has undertaken have allowed him to meet incredible people and take part unique ventures.
Having recently completed his training to become a General Duty Medical Officer, Dr Dhillon hopes to engage in work that uses his both his Tropical Medicine and Disaster Medicine Training. He has his fingers crossed that it can be balanced with “some humanitarian work and starting to raise a family!” On giving advice to potential and current students Dr Dhillon stresses the importance of spending time engaging with course materials alongside debating and discussing with classmates. These experiences become important and valuable, not only enriching your experience at LSHTM but these connections will lead on to many different opportunities in later life.
Images Courtesy of Dr Paul Dhillon
Featured Image: Mrs. Kirwan, Former Officer of the CMA and Dr. Granger Avery, Former President of the CMA
Image 2: Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, Past CMA President and Past President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and BGen Andrew Downes, Surgeon General
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