Dr. Maude Elizabeth Seymour Abbott was among the first Canadian women to receive a higher education. She completed her M.D., C.M. at the University of Bishop's College, and went to Vienna for further studies.
Frederick Grant Banting completed his medical studies at the University of Toronto and established a surgical practice in London, Ontario. He supplemented his income by working as a medical demonstrator at the University of Western Ontario. It was there he conceived a technique which might permit isolation of the anti-diabetic component of the pancreas.
Charles Herbert Best, just a few weeks after receiving an Honours Baccalaureate in physiology and chemistry, jumped at the chance for a summer's work with Dr. Frederick Banting. It was a classic case of being the right man in the right place at the right time.
Doctor John Symonds Lyon Browne began a rewarding career in medical research after completing his medical degree and his Ph.D. His lifetime interest in the field of endocrinology began while studying under the famed Doctor J.B. Collip.
James Bertram Collip was one of the great minds of Canadian medicine. Graduating from Trinity College, Toronto, at age 15, Collip completed his doctorate in biochemistry and accepted a position as lecturer at the University of Alberta where he had an outstanding career in biochemical research.
Douglas Harold Copp, with a scholar's gift and top marks in medicine at the University of Toronto, was able to continue his education on a fellowship at the University of California. By 1943, he had completed another doctorate, this time in biochemistry.
Charles Drake completed his M.D. at The University of Western Ontario, and has made his contributions from his clinical base in London, Ontario. He interned at Toronto General Hospital before returning to Western to instruct in physiology. He later continued to study physiology at Yale University. He returned again to London as a surgical resident at Victoria Hospital.
Jacques J.G. Genest completed his M.D. at his hometown university, the University of Montreal. Following post-doctoral work at Harvard, he continued clinical research work at Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Institute. Returning to Canada, he became founder and scientific director of the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.
William Osler finished his M.D. at McGill University, buoyed along by a dynamic personality and immense personal magnetism. After further studies in London, Berlin and Vienna, Osler returned to McGill with definite ideas on how clinical medicine could work more efficiently and with a greater human touch.
Wilder Penfield, with degrees from Princeton, Johns Hopkins and Oxford universities, was already a noted success in neurosurgery before he was invited to Montreal. Dr. Penfield was asked to try integrating neurology, neuropathology and neurosurgery.