Local doctor wins Queen's University honour

By Cecilia Nasmith

Northumberland Hills Hospital congratulates local family physician and family medicine preceptor Dr. Kirk Haunts on his recognition last week at a special award ceremony at Queen's University.


The Kingston university's School of Medicine presented Dr. Haunts with a Regional Education Award at a special Dean's Faculty Recognition Reception – an annual event held to honour excellence in teaching, mentorship and education development in community sites.

Chosen from among 1,500 regional preceptors, Dr. Haunts was nominated for the award in the Mentorship category by two of the family-medicine physicians he supported in the past year.

The press release from Northumberland Hills Hospital reported that his citation was created “to recognize a role model in supporting, encouraging and promoting educational, professional and personal development to colleagues and learners.”

It also quoted from the citation Dr. Haunts received, which described him as “a dedicated Family Medicine preceptor in Cobourg, an exemplary clinician and an outstanding mentor.

“His residents describe him as an insightful role model who takes the time to get to know his learners and to discuss their goals. He actively encourages them to take the time on rotations to explore learning in different healthcare settings to allow for the broadest experiences.

“One of his residents noted that, 'Dr. Haunts was a role model for me in how he managed his practice and he was open in sharing his process of finding the practice that worked with his lifestyle.'

“Dr. Haunts is described as affable, easy to work with and a great physician role model, and 'one of the best mentors I have had in my training career,'”

The hospital expressed its pleasure at seeing Dr. Haunts so recognized.

“Thank you for all you do for NHH, the community we serve and the next generation of physicians whose future practice you are helping to support,” it added.