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FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Postgraduate Medical Education

Awards & Grants

Below is a list of  awards and grants available to residents and faculty, with details and instructions on how to submit.

Resident Awards

Dr. Jeff Ennis and Ms. Gilda Ennis established this award in 2014 to provide funding to residents who demonstrate excellence in their residency program and show interest in the field of rehabilitation of patients with chronic pain. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest in education and learning outside of the University.
Open to residents in the following areas: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences; Division of Neurology of the Department of Medicine; Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of the Department of Medicine; Department of Family Medicine

Application Submitted by: Resident
Deadline for Submission: April 15th
Number of Awards Available: 1
Award Amount: Approximately $500 (2018/2019)
Timeline of Decision: The Selection Committee will select the award winner by April 22nd
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • A brief description of their educational background, affiliations and experience in the field of chronic pain and non-interventional rehabilitation. The applicant should describe a program of study that they intend to pursue in the field of chronic pain and non-interventional rehabilitation and which requires the financial support from this fund. The program can include individual conferences, courses, workshops, etc. and/or extended visits to clinical or research settings with recognized expertise in chronic pain and non-interventional rehabilitation. Applications will be judged on the merits of the applicant and his/her proposed plan of study.

Allocation of Award: The award can be applied to individual conferences, courses, workshops, etc. and/or extended visits to clinical or research settings with recognized expertise in chronic pain and non-interventional rehabilitation

Funds may be used to be used to reimburse expenditures including: conference travel / fees, travel costs for work with experts in the field of pain management and other expenses as deemed eligible by the selection committee

Submit an application form

Awarded to an outstanding resident enrolled in their final year of a post graduate medical specialty program. The candidate will be nominated by peers and selected based on recognized excellence in teaching and research, including academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and commitment to clinical care in their post graduate medical specialty program.

Nomination Submitted by: Resident
Deadline for Submission: April 15th
Number of Awards Available: 1
Award Amount: Approximately $1000 (2018/2019)
Timeline of Decision: The Selection Committee will select the award winner by April 22nd
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Reference letter outlining academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and commitment to clinical care of the colleague they would like to nominate. A maximum of 2 letters from residents per nominee will be accepted

Submit a nomination form

This award recognizes a resident who has demonstrated outstanding advocacy for medical students and resident colleagues through individual mentorship and exemplary role-modelling of the CanMEDS roles. The Resident Mentor can be recognized for his/her support and advocacy for the education and well-being of trainees in the clinical setting, supervision of research projects, exemplary teaching and coaching that promotes learning in a safe and positive learning environment. 

Nomination Submitted by: Resident
Deadline for Submission: April 15
Eligibility: All residents registered in a Royal College or CFPC training program
Number of Awards Available: Maximum of three awards will be given annually
Timeline of Decision: Nominations will be reviewed by the PGME Awards subcommittee. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented at the annual June graduation dinner
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Resident/medical student to submit a nomination letter (maximum of two pages – 500 words per page)
  • For each nomination, a maximum of three letters will be accepted

Submit a nomination form

This award recognizes a resident who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to residency education in their own program, or provincially and/or nationally. The Resident-Leader has had a positive impact through exemplary teaching skills, development of educational curricula in teaching and assessment, advocacy of residency education, and any other efforts that have enhanced the educational experience, and/or contributed to innovation in residency education.

Nomination Submitted by: Faculty and Resident
Deadline for Submission: September 15
Eligibility: All residents registered in a Royal College or CFPC training program who are PGY2 or greater
Number of Awards Available: Varies
Timeline of Decision: Nominations will be reviewed by the PGME Awards subcommittee. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented at the annual June graduation dinner
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Nomination package must include a minimum of two letters and a maximum of three
  • At least one letter must be submitted by a resident
  • One letter must be submitted by a faculty member who is involved in residency education (e.g. Program Director, Member of Residency Program Committee, Departmental Educational Coordinator, Department Chair)
  • Nomination letters should be a maximum of two pages, 500 words per page

Submit a nomination form

This award is to be granted to residents who demonstrate excellence in their residency program and show interest in global health initiatives.
Nomination Submitted by: Program Director
Deadline for Submission: April 15th
Number of Awards Available: 1
Award Amount: $1000
Timeline of Decision: The Selection Committee will select the award winner by April 22nd
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Program Director letter outlining academic performance within the program and the global health initiative developed by the nominated resident

Submit a nomination form

Quality assurance is a test of whether things are being done as well as they could/should be. It compares current practice with current standards/ best practices. It does not consider a completely new treatment, but tests the adherence to a treatment that is considered to be best practice. Awards will be given each year to recognize the best work done in complete quality assurance projects. An award may be given to an individual or to a group of any size who worked jointly on a project. All nominees must be registered as Residents with the Postgraduate Education Office.
Nomination Submitted by: Program Director
Deadline for Submission: May 1st
Number of Awards Available: 5
Award Amount: $1000
Timeline of Decision: The Selection Committee will select the award winner in June
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Each Program Director may submit up to 2 nominations to the Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education. Programs with more than 40 residents may submit 3 nominations
  • The nomination should summarize the work done and provide sufficient detail to describe the purpose of the project, methodology used, results obtained, and a discussion on the impact of this work
  • A completed abstract or paper in publishable format. When work is done with a supervisor, it is important to describe the initiative shown by the resident and the proportion of the work done by the resident
  • Supervisor and Program Director to submit covering letter describing amount of work done and seniority of resident(s)

Submit a nomination form

Resident Grants

This grant is offered to all postgraduate learners registered with the PGME office from all programs at McMaster University (Faculty members may not apply) who are seeking funding for scholarly research projects related to medical education. Applicants may only apply for one grant per year. Previous medical education research experience is not a requirement for the resident applicant however, each applicant should have an identified supervisor with some experience in medical education research and/or have together with their supervisor sought consultation from a medical education scientist.  The resident is expected to be an active participant in the development and design of the proposal, the collection of the data, the writing of the submission and any abstracts or papers.

Application Submitted by: Resident
Deadline for Submission: May 6th
Number of Awards Available: Varies
Award Amount: Up to a maximum of $5000
Timeline of Decision: The Selection Committee will select the award winner by June
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • An abridged 3-page CV for both the applicant and supervisor highlighting previous activities related to medical education (research and scholarly activities, abstracts, etc)
  • A project summary (maximum 1500 words) that includes
    • background and rationale (theoretical basis)
    • Proposed study question(s)/objective(s)
    • Methodology
    • Expected outcome/impact
  • Budget table and justification
    • Ineligible expenses include: statistical support, salary support for the resident or supervisor, University overhead, computers and other equipment unless integral to the study, publication costs in an Open Access Journal, and travel costs to attend a conference
  • Letter of Support from the Department Chair, Program Director or Departmental Education Coordinator/Vice-chair, Education

Submit an application

This award was established in 1980 to encourage and support scholarly research and outstanding teaching involvement amongst residents at McMaster or other institutions. The guidelines for applications is as follows:

  1. Applications are invited for Regional Medical Associates (RMA) Scholarships to support original research carried out by registered postgraduate trainees of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University:
    1. A trainee may apply for only one research project per year
    2. A trainee may apply for a maximum of two research projects over their time within their training program and these research projects must be on two different topics
    3. The applicant must be the principal investigator, rather than a new investigator added to an existing project
  2.  Scholarships will be awarded to a maximum of $7,500. Applications for funding up to $15,000 will be considered if the applicant is able to secure guaranteed departmental funding up to the total amount above the Regional Medical Associates (RMA) scholarship maximum of $7,500.
  3. Allowable items in a study budget include:
    1. Salary costs (e.g., data entry clerk, research assistant, statistical consultation), not to exceed 75% of the total budget of the submitted proposal.
    2. Laboratory supplies.
    3. Mailing, courier, printing, stationery.
    4. Software that has a demonstrated need for successful completion of the project.
  4. The cost of capital equipment (i.e. computers) or those medical services that are normally provided by health care insurance are not eligible expenses. A separate request may be made within two years of the announcement of the award to fund travel costs, not to exceed $1,500 per study to present research findings from the study. Costs for publication should be submitted subsequently with justification. This is not to exceed $500.

Application Submitted by: Resident
Deadline for Submission: September 15th
Number of Awards Available: Dependent on number of submissions
Timeline of Decision: The Selection Committee will meet and select the award winners in September. Winners will be notified in October.
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the completed application form include:

  • Completed application form.
  • A detailed budget.
  • Two supporting letters  from the Program Director and Research Supervisor (to define the role of the trainee in the creation, design and implementation of the project).

The Selection Committee will be appointed by the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education on an annual basis and will include a faculty researcher, a faculty member from the RMA board and a postgraduate trainee. The Committee may seek the opinion of internal or external referees as the need arises. Under normal circumstances, it is anticipated that at least one award will be given for a project which addresses primary health care. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final.

Awards will be announced to the Postgraduate Education Committee, the Health Sciences Education Committee, and Regional Medical Associates Board of Directors and reported to the trainee’s program director. Once awarded, residents will require approval from the Ethics Review Board and subsequently open a Research Account for the funds to be transferred to within the academic year.

Successful applicants must submit to the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education by July 1 of the following year a summary of the results of the work supported by the scholarship.

Submit an application

Faculty Awards in Education

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions made by a faculty member in advancing Residency Education. The individual has demonstrated exemplary teaching of residents and has made significant contributions to any of the following:

  • Program development and administration demonstrating leadership and organizational skills
  • Innovative approaches to teaching and assessment
  • Development of novel curricula promoting intrinsic CanMEDS roles (e.g. Professionalism, Resident wellness)
  • Research contributions to teaching and assess mentor other aspects of residency education

Nomination Submitted by: Faculty and Resident
Deadline for Submission: April 15
Number of Awards Available: Maximum of four awards will be given annually
Eligibility: All full-time and part-time Faculty in Hamilton, Waterloo Regional campus and Niagara Regional campus
Timeline of Decision: Nominations will be reviewed by the PGME Awards subcommittee. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented at the annual June graduation dinner
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Nomination package must include a minimum of two nomination letters and a maximum of three
  • One letter must be submitted by a resident
  • One letter must be submitted by a faculty member who is involved in residency education (e.g. Program Director, Member of Residency Program Committee, Departmental Educational Coordinator, Department Chair)

Submit a nomination form

This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding advocacy for residents through individual mentorship and exemplary role-modelling of the CanMEDS roles. Mentors can be recognized for their support for resident research, contribution to a positive learning environment, advancing resident wellness and/or professional and personal support.

Nomination Submitted by: Resident
Deadline for Submission: April 15
Number of Awards Available: Maximum of four awards will be given annually
Eligibility: All full-time and part-time Faculty in Hamilton, Waterloo Regional campus and Niagara Regional campus
Timeline of Decision: Nominations will be reviewed by the PGME Awards subcommittee. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented at the annual June graduation dinner
Submission Process: Required documents to attach to the form include –

  • Nomination package can include a maximum of three nomination letters
  • Letters are a maximum of two pages – 500 words per page

Submit a nomination form