Excellence in Teaching & Education in Emergency Medicine


This award recognizes excellence in teaching and education by faculty within the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine.


Any faculty within the Division of Emergency Medicine who has been involved in teaching and education for five (5) years or more, across the medical continuum including; Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development and Continuing Education. Teaching and education activities may include supervision in the Emergency Department or other settings (such as seminars, workshops, lectures, podcasts etc.). The individual may not have previously received this award. The awards will only be given if a suitable candidate is identified.


The selection committee will consider a “body of work” that is typically sustained over a period of 5 years or more with one or more of the following criteria to assess the impact of the nominee’s teaching and education activities:

  • Documentation of teaching excellence.
  • Commitment; quantity of teaching, accessibility to learners.
  • Evidence of personal commitment to advancing knowledge in the area of teaching and education.
  • Ability to organize material and emphasize principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to stimulate learners; encourages interest in and enthusiasm for subject, displays good rapport with learners, leads learners to think critically, analytically and independently, and to organize their own learning.
  • Effective use of appropriate teaching resources and instructional media.
  • Curriculum and program development.
  • Education scholarship.
  • Demonstrated exemplary role modeling.


Nominations can be made by:

  1. Any faculty within the Division of Emergency Medicine, DFCM (excluding selfnominations);
  2. Any current medical student in the MD Program, University of Toronto
  3. Any current resident in a postgraduate program, University of Toronto

The nominator is responsible for the collection and submission of the award nomination package and informing the nominee of their nomination.

Nominations must include the following:

  1. Completed nomination form.
  2. Three (3) letters of support indicating why this individual is being nominated in the selected category. Letters that are the most helpful address the criteria for the award and present evidence supporting the nominee’s excellence in those criteria.
    1. One of the letters must be from the nominator.
    2. One of the letters must be from a current or former (within the last 3 years) medical learner.
    3. A letter from the nominee’s Chief (as 1 of the 3 letters) is recommended but not required.
    4. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the Selection Committee.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Personal statement from the nominee outlining their contributions and impact in teaching (not to exceed 250 words).
  5. Additional material documenting evidence of excellence is strongly recommended (such as Teaching Dossier and Teaching Evaluation Scores). 

Please submit the completed nomination form and corresponding award application documentation in a single PDF file by March 31st 2021 to: dfcm.awards@utoronto.ca