Dr. Janet Roscoe, Nephrologist and Director of the Home Hemodialysis Unit at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), has been awarded a Mastership from the American College of Physicians (ACP).
“Throughout her career, Dr. Roscoe has made it her mission to improve the care and service delivery of dialysis for patients, both domestically and abroad,” said Dr. Paul Tam, Medical Director of The Scarborough Hospital’s Regional Nephrology Program.
“This is an extremely well-deserved honour that distinguishes her within the specialty of internal medicine.”
“I am very proud about receiving a Mastership. To me, this is a very important external validation of the choices I have made in my life and in my career,” said Dr. Roscoe.
ACP members must be highly accomplished individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine to receive a Mastership. The ACP looks for evidence of their achievements in endeavours such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism and administrative positions.
Dr. Roscoe was instrumental in establishing a pioneering dialysis unit for chronic care patients at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare (known then as Riverdale Hospital) in 1990, which became a TSH satellite dialysis unit in 1998. She was also involved as part of the nephrology team in the creation of TSH’s three other satellite dialysis locations and assisted in the expansion of the hospital’s home hemodialysis program.
Internationally, since 2006, Dr. Roscoe has been the Mongolian representative for the International Society of Nephrology (ISN). In this role, she has been able to organize regular Continuing Medical Education (CME) events for Canadian nephrologists to speak on leading practices and research.
Her work with ISN has also led to TSH becoming a “Sister Renal Centre” with the Health Sciences University of Mongolia, an initiative which aims to advance the practice of nephrology in the developing world by linking them with centres of excellence. As part of the Sister Renal Centre affiliation, Dr. Roscoe recently instituted an exchange program for nephrologists at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia, and also is working with the organization to help them set up a home dialysis program.
In addition, Dr. Roscoe’s research on dialysis in the older population, along with research on polycystic kidney disease, has yielded 30 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as lectures and abstracts.
“Although I’m very personally proud of what I’ve achieved with Bridgepoint, at The Scarborough Hospital and in Mongolia, nobody ever makes these sorts of contributions on their own. I’ve had many people who have been very generous to me throughout my career. There have also been many dedicated individuals at the former Wellesley and Riverdale Hospitals, as well as at Bridgepoint, who were equally important in setting up these programs,” said Dr. Roscoe.
With 137,000 members spanning 70 chapters worldwide, ACP is the largest medical specialty organization and second largest physician group in the United States. Dr. Roscoe served as Governor of the ACP Ontario Chapter from 2007 to 2011 and remains a member of the chapter council. She was also the recipient of the ACP Ontario Chapter Laureate Award.
Dr. Roscoe will be presented with her Mastership on April 10, 2014 at the Convocation ceremony during ACP’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.