As a Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, and Residency Program director at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), Dr. Faisal Quereshy has established himself as a national and international leader in his specialized field. Having completed fellowship training in Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and as a triple board certified surgeon, he has had the honor to train and graduate residents for over 20 years in his academic career.
Dr. Quereshy was inspired at a young age to follow in his mother’s footsteps. Dr. Bushra Qureshy completed her formal medical education from the Fatima Jinnah Medical College (Lahore, Pakistan) in 1966, and then emigrated to Toronto Canada in 1970 pursuing additional medical training in Internal and Family Medicine at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. She started her Family Private Practice in 1977 at the Albany Medical Clinic and became full partner in 1980. During this time, she worked as an emergency physician and offered obstetrical care at Toronto East General Hospital. Her diverse practice ranged from newborn to elder care and she prided herself on holistic care across the continuum of medicine. To be one of the few Pakistani immigrants to Canada in the early 70’s, she soon established herself as a well respected physician, uniquely female and Pakistani.
Dr. Bushra was active in a number of local, regional, and national organizations. Most notably, she served as the President of the Islamic Medical Association, the Canadian Society of Professionals and Academics, and the Pakistani Women’s Association. Many describe Bushra as a leader, role model and mentor. Her legacy is in her work for the community, her outstanding care of her patients, and her loving family.
This award recognizes the power of resilience, generosity, and a commitment to her community and humanity.
Number of Awards: 1
Award Amount: $5,000
Applications Open: February 1st, 2020
Applications Close: April 15th, 2020
1. Self-identify as female Muslim
2. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
3. Meet the Medical / Dental School Enrollment Requirement: Eligible applicants must be enrolled in or accepted into any Canadian medical / dental school in any year of study. Those in residency or without medical / dental school acceptance in Canada are ineligible
4. Demonstrate Academic Excellence: Demonstrate academic excellence as measured by an applicant’s medical school GPA and class grade average. If a candidate has not yet started medical school, then he or she may submit a university (bachelor’s degree) GPA and class grade average
5. For Quebec Medical / Dental School Programs Only: A CEGEP diploma GPA and class grade average (if available) may be submitted by students who have been accepted into a Quebec-based medical program without completing another University degree
6. Demonstrate Excellence in Community Service: Eligible applicants will have a proven track record of community service toward both Muslim and non-Muslim causes. This may be discussed in a candidate’s essay
7. Demonstrate Excellence in Extra-Curricular Interests: Eligible applicants will be involved in a variety of extra-curricular interests and will have demonstrated excellence in one or more of these interests. Categories could include but are not limited to sports, art of any form, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, mentorship etc. These should be listed in the candidate’s CV and may be elaborated upon in his or her essay.
8. Financial Need: The above criteria are the most important but in the event of a tie between similar candidates, the candidate with demonstrated financial need that may impede their ability to pursue his or her education or produce undue hardship will be favoured. Requires essay description of one’s financial need and related obstacles in the essay requirement