A Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), Rehabilitation, Neuroplasticity and Brain Recovery and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Memorial University, Dr. Ploughman was nominated by MD learner Matthew Downer whose connection to her lab started in 2014 and has continued throughout his education.
From his nomination letter: “Dr. Ploughman has devoted her life to improving the lives of people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), while simultaneously producing research with global impact. I learned the basics of clinical health research and academic medicine, but also how to understand and listen to patients’ problems and limitations, and use scientific rigor to make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives… Dr. Ploughman is the rare type of mentor who excels in seeing potential in students far beyond what they see in themselves, and places utmost priority on their personal and professional success... This focus on creating a community in an academic environment, with a strong focus on students’ development and wellbeing, is the true sign of an inspiring educator.”
Read the full story on the Memorial University website here: https://www.med.mun.ca/Medicine/Communications/News-at-Medicine/July-2020/Recognized-for-her-inspiration.aspx
Congratulations to Dr. Ploughman, the CPSR site leader at Memorial University, on behalf of all her colleagues across the country.