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Student recognized by peers

September 7, 2012

Student recognized by peers
Taryn Taylor: "To be acknowledged for who you are is a meaningful thing, and then to come from your peers is that much more meaningful."

Ask any of Taryn Taylor’s, MD’10, classmates at medical school what she might be doing and you could get a few different answers. Volunteering at a women’s shelter in London. Shaving her head to raise money. Rehearsing a musical on stage. Conducting rounds in the hospital.

The fact was she could be doing any of these activities – all with a cheerful and encouraging nature.

That’s why, during the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Convocation in 2010, Taryn was named as the inaugural recipient of The Meds 2009 Dinh La Memorial Award.

“As I was about to receive my degree, I found out I was the recipient of the award,” remembers Taryn. “I was surprised and honoured that my classmates would see me as someone who reflected the values recognized through this award.”

During her second year of medical school, Taryn shaved her hair for Head for a Cure, donating her locks for wigs for cancer patients.

“No one expected me to do it,” she says, with a glint in her eye. The next year, she recruited more people to shave their heads and raised more funds for cancer research.

Taryn also recruited fellow Schulich students to volunteer at Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter in London, where they played with the children, renovated rooms, landscaped the gardens and donated funds for over-the-counter medications for residents.

“To see how the children and families were so grateful for whatever help we could offer – and to see the effect on my friends – was an amazing thing,” says Taryn.

Beyond her study and volunteer hours, Taryn let her “Glee” out–singing, acting, dancing and directing for the med school’s musical evening. “Working on Tachycardia was an immense amount of fun, raising money for a good cause – the AIDS Committee of London,” she adds.

Such a positive spirit exemplifies the purpose of the Dinh La Memorial Award.

“There are not many awards like this in academia,” says Taryn, who’s completing her training in obstetrics and gynecology, while also doing a master’s degree in medical education. “To be acknowledged for who you are is a meaningful thing, and then to come from your peers is that much more meaningful.”

This article appeared in the 2012 edition of Annual Impact
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