August 1, 2012
By Aisling Gamble
For the second consecutive year, a University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine student is the recipient of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Award for Young Leaders. Colin Casault, a third-year medical student is being recognized for his leadership in advancing medical student issues at various levels of government and his invaluable contributions to the development of student-run educational initiatives at the University of Calgary.
Upon receiving the letter of notification, Casault was unsure what to expect. “The acceptance letter was sent to me with a very neutral subject line. I had already written myself off as a potential candidate. I had to review the letter a few times for it to sink in that this letter was definitely for me,” he said. Even days after confirming the reality of the award, Casault acknowledges that it still felt quite surreal.
Knowing a fellow University of Calgary medical student was the recipient of the award last year, Casault says it is reflective of the kind of talent the University of Calgary has been generating over the past few years. “I have been lucky to spend my medical school career with the likes of Rhode Scholars, previous CMA award recipients, and numerous other prestigious award winners. “ Humbled to represent the University of Calgary in accepting the award, Casault notes himself to be only one of many talented students graduating from Calgary.
Casault has a strong family legacy in the area of medicine. His grandfather is a Rhodes Scholar, a recipient of the Order of Canada and was responsible for helping to build the internal medicine program at the University of Alberta. “If I could attain even a tenth of his achievements in life, I would be more than satisfied,” Casault says. He also credits his late father for being an important mentor in his life, describing him as a man who could take the most dire of situations and turn them into success. “During his life, he sacrificed a lot to provide for us. I'm still very grateful for everything he did for us, in addition to being an amazing father”.
The CMA Award for Young Leaders is given in celebration of the efforts of young physician leaders of tomorrow for their efforts today. Casault will be presented with his award at the CMA's annual meeting in Yellowknife in August 2012.