Undergraduate Program Awards

Teaching Excellence
Excellence in Advocacy
Role Modelling Clinical Excellence
Excellence in Mentorship
Innovation in Family Medicine Education
Excellence in Program Development and Coordination
Nomination Process

Teaching Excellence

Description

To recognize and formally reward outstanding teaching in undergraduate family medicine.*

Eligibility

Any Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) faculty member.
*For Health Professional Educators, a faculty appointment is not required.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment — quantity of teaching, accessibility to learners
  • Ability to teach effectively — clarity and quality of communication with learners, enthusiasm for teaching, learner-centred approach
  • Evidence of sustained teaching excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to stimulate learners — encourages interest and enthusiasm in family medicine, displays good rapport with learners, stimulates critical thinking and self-reflection
  • Effective use of appropriate teaching resources and instructional methods
  • Contribution as a suitable role model
  • Ability to encourage scholarly activities

Excellence in Advocacy

Description

To recognize outstanding contribution in student, patient or community advocacy related to undergraduate family medicine.

Eligibility

Any individual within the DFCM.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment — demonstrates a deep commitment to the well-being of students, patients and/or communities
  • Effectively advocates on the students’, patients’ and/or communities’ behalf to remove barriers to family medicine education and/or health care
  • Advocacy may include providing information or tools for self-empowerment in health and social care, and facilitating access to needed services
  • Advocacy may focus on the availability, safety or quality of family medicine education or care
  • Outstanding contribution as a suitable role model for medical students in their advocacy work

Role Modelling Clinical Excellence

Description

To recognize and formally reward outstanding clinical role models in undergraduate family medicine.

Eligibility

Any DFCM faculty member.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to patients and learners
  • Demonstrates superior clinical skills, a patient-centred approach, and excellent interpersonal qualities
  • Evidence of sustained excellence
  • Demonstrates values, ways of thinking and acting, and self-reflection that are inspiring to medical students in family medicine
  • Outstanding contribution as a suitable role model for medical students in their clinical work

Excellence in Mentorship

Description

To recognize and formally reward outstanding mentors in family medicine undergraduate education.

Eligibility

Any individual within the DFCM.

Selection Criteria

  • Deeply committed to proactively assist the mentee with successful personal and professional development
  • Readily available and accessible in their mentorship role
  • Skillfully provides the right balance between supportive coaching and open critique
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to establish effective mentoring relationships based on trust and respect
  • Respected for their integrity, honesty and non-judgmental approach
  • Contribution as a suitable role model

Innovation in Family Medicine Education

Description

To recognize and formally reward outstanding individuals or groups for developing and implementing innovative instructional methods in undergraduate family medicine.

Eligibility

Any individual or group in the DFCM who has developed and used an innovative instructional medium specifically for undergraduate family medicine.

Selection Criteria

Instructional media may include but are not limited to:

  • Videos, slides, handouts
  • Emodules, computer programs
  • Demonstrations, simulations
  • Textbooks, handouts, syllabi
  • Self-learning materials
  • Any other creative medium

For instructional methods/media the following criteria will be considered:

  • Effectiveness — evidence of enhancement of student learning
  • Uniqueness and originality
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Appropriateness for the teaching context
  • Clarity
  • Relevance — to the curriculum, appropriate level and detail, accuracy

 

Excellence in Program Development and Coordination

Description

To recognize and formally reward outstanding individuals and groups for developing and coordinating programs in undergraduate family medicine.

Eligibility

Any individual or group engaged in the development and coordination of family medicine course programs.

Selection Criteria

Program development and coordination may include but is not limited to:

  • Program, site or seminar supervisor — commitment and enthusiasm, accessibility, continuous monitoring and improvement based on feedback
  • Program content or design — well defined objectives, well organized, relevance, effective use of learning opportunities and teaching aids
  • Student assessment — matched with subject matter and course objectives, designed to encourage learning of core material, focused on critical and analytical thinking, fairness

Program evaluation — regular evaluations, appropriate changes based on feedback

Nomination Process

Nominations can be made by students or any faculty or staff of the DFCM including self-nomination.

  • Nomination deadline is September 30.
  • The nominations will be considered by the Undergraduate Education Award Adjudication Committee.
  • Nominations will be accepted at any time during the year but awards will be presented at the annual Undergraduate Education Faculty Development Workshop in the fall of the following academic year.
  • Nominations must include a statement describing why the nominee meets the selection criteria and outlines their contribution.
  • Optionally, supporting materials such as teaching evaluations, testimonials or letters of support may be collected and submitted.

For deadlines and additional details, please contact Cheryl O'Donoghue or 416-978-1896.

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