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Student Leadership - Rising Star Award

The Student Leadership – Rising Star Award supports, promotes, and recognizes students, our future leaders and advocates for family medicine. It is awarded to two medical students (one from the University for Alberta and one from the University of Calgary).

Recipients are nominated by their peers or members of the public, or are self-nominated.
Thank you for your submissions. Our call for 2024 ACFP Award nominations is now closed.

Awards Criteria

  • Nominee is a student enrolled in the undergraduate medical degree program at either University of Alberta or the University of Calgary
  • Nominee is NOT a current member of the ACFP Board or the Awards and Recognition Committee
  • Demonstrates a genuine interest in family medicine which is reflected in his or her experiences and chosen electives
  • Participates in various family medicine activities during their studies (e.g., participation in a Family Medicine Interest Group, Student Information Session, Shadowing Program, or attending the Annual Family Medicine Summit)
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills in advocacy, community service, and/or education

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2023 ACFP Award Recipients

The ACFP is proud to celebrate all physicians, residents, students, and clinics who demonstrate excellence in family practice. 

 To learn more about this year’s amazing list of recipients as well as previous ACFP Award winners, visit our Award Recipients page through the button below.

Dr. Stephan Guscott

2023 Rising Star - Student Leadership Award

Dr. Stephan Guscott is a new rural family medicine resident in Red Deer and a recent graduate of the University of Alberta’s medical school. His mission is to create a positive and supportive environment for his patients, preceptors, and junior colleagues through servant leadership and centering empathy. Stephan has held many leadership roles in student government, and undergraduate medical training. He developed a passion for rural family medicine while completing a year-long integrated clinical training program in Edson, AB during the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside medicine, Stephan is as an enthusiastic long distance and trail runner, mountain biker, dog lover, and baker. 

The one thing I love about family medicine is: Learning my patients’ stories 

Family medicine mentor: Dr. Jo Ann Robinson in Edson, AB 

One thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: The diversity of environments where we can provide excellent patient care. 

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d be: A combination of brewer, spin instructor, and public servant. 

Paige Campbell

2023 Rising Star - Student Leadership Award​

Paige Campbell is an Indigenous individual with a heartfelt mission to brighten Indigenous health care and equity in the medical realm. From Psychology to Medicine at the University of Calgary, her journey is all about building connections. With a passion for service and a deep understanding of her roots, Paige aims to amplify Indigenous voices, promote inclusivity, and spread positive change. Through research, community engagement, and a genuine love for making a difference, she is excited to contribute to a brighter future in Indigenous health care. 

The one thing I love about family medicine is: Longitudinal relationships and integrating into communities and families 

Family medicine mentor: Dr. L. Crowshoe, Dr. P. Roach and Dr. L. Retzer 

One thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: It’s truly heartwarming to witness the resilience and strength people exhibit as they navigate their health challenges, and I’m grateful to be a part of their journey towards well-being and happiness. 

If I wasn’t a family physician, I’d be: I’m not a physician yet, but I could easily see myself passionately engaging in a career dedicated to promoting community wellness and fostering connections among individuals. 

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.