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Snyder Institute member is nationally recognized for outstanding contributions to education

Sylvain Coderre receives Education Excellence Award

By Karen Brookins

Snyder Institute member, Sylvain Coderre, MSc, MD, FRCPC, was recently awarded the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) Education Excellence Award for his contributions to education. Coderre received this esteemed award at the CAG Annual Awards Ceremony, in recognition of his teaching strengths, including his adaptive instructing methods and development of educational programs.  

“It is a huge boost to receive this award,” says Coderre, professor in the University of Calgary’s department of medicine, and a member of the division of gastroenterology. “When an external body, such as CAG, says my work is worthy of a national award, I find it very humbling and energizing.”

The CAG Education Excellence Award recognizes Coderre’s education career of 15 years, which is a combination of teaching and leadership roles in all the main areas of education, such as undergraduate, postgraduate, residency, and continuing medical education.

One of Coderre’s many accomplishments was his role in starting the local Gastrointestinal (GI) exam that mimics the real GI exam for all of western Canada. In addition, Coderre’s previous position as Assistant Dean in the undergraduate office has been fundamental in his career, where he helped change the three year undergraduate program and how the teachers deliver the curriculum.

Coderre is also recognized by the Killam Trust organization for his remarkable contributions to leadership in university teaching, receiving the Killam Award for Leadership in Teaching in October, 2012.

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.