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Award Descriptions

There are two award categories open for nomination:
  1. Reg L. Perkin - Ontario Family Physician of the Year
  2. Award of Excellence 
All nominations must be completed in the online portal.  The OCFP Awards aim to honour as many exemplary family physicians as possible so please carefully review the eligibility for each category. If you have any questions about the nomination process email awards@ocfp.on.ca. 

Read about Past Award Recipients on the OCFP website.

1. Reg L. Perkin - Ontario Family Physician of the Year

 The “Reg L. Perkin” Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding CFPC family physician member from Ontario who exemplifies what it means to be a family doctor: providing exceptional care to patients and contributing to the health and well-being of their communities. The award is named in honour of Dr. Reg L. Perkin, College of Family Physicians of Canada Executive Director from 1985 to 1996.
 
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the CFPC’s Reg L. Perkin Award for Ontario, the nominee must be:
  • An active OCFP memberin good standing
  • Currently practicing in Ontario
  • Has been in practice for at least 10 years 
Nominees are not eligible if they have received this award before, or if they are current members of the OCFP’s Board or Awards Committee. 

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As defined by the CFPC Membership Policy, anActive Member” is a licensed physician in good standing, engaged in the practice of family medicine (Non-Member Mainpro+® Participants not eligible for nomination)
 
Suitable Nominees 
The award recognizes an outstanding Ontario family doctor who:
  • Exemplifies the four principles of family medicine:
    • Skilled clinician
    • Community-based
    • Resource to a defined practice population
    • Patient-doctor relationship is central.
  • Provides a broad scope of practice
  • Demonstrates leadership in the areas of advocacy, community service, education and/or research.
The recipient will be honoured at the OCFP’S Awards Ceremony in November in Toronto and by the College of Family Physicians of Canada at their annual Family Medicine Forum.

Supporting Documentation Required
At least one letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have (but not required) multiple signatures. Any letters in excess of 3 will not be considered.

Letters of support may include:
  • Colleagues (may include the nominator), including IHPs, community stakeholders, peer physicians, etc.
  • Patient letters, quotes or anecdotes (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality) are welcome and count toward the maximum of three letters total.
Other documentation: the nominee’s CV (optional). 
Note: Members who have made outstanding contributions in the last 12 to 24 months specifically should be considered for the Award of Excellence.  

2. Award of Excellence
These awards recognize family doctors (note: in 2019, residents are eligible for nomination in this category) who have demonstrated an exceptional achievement within the past 24 months in one of the following or similar areas of family medicine:  
 
Eligibility criteria:
  • The nominee must be an Active OCFP member* in good standing for at least the past year, who practices in Ontario. 
  • OCFP Resident Members are currently eligible for nomination in this category
  • The contributions being recognized must have occurred in the past two years
  • Nominees cannot have received this award in the past three years or be a repeat recipient for the same type of work
  • Current members of the OCFP’s Board or Awards Committee are not eligible
*      As defined by the CFPC Membership Policy, anActive Member” is a licensed physician in good standing, engaged in the practice of family medicine (Non-Member Mainpro+® Participants not eligible for nomination)

Suitable Nominees 
Any OCFP member in good standing (includes residents) for at least the last year and who has demonstrated an exceptional achievement within the past 24 months in one of the following or similar areas of family medicine:
  • Patient care
  • Community service
  • Hospital or health care institutions
  • College activities (nationally or through a Chapter)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine
Examples of an exceptional accomplishment of innovation include:
  • Conducting charitable or humanitarian work
  • Sparking research output with widespread impact
  • Providing leadership during a community outbreak of infectious disease
  • Establishing a training program in family violence
  • Developing a new program that is addressing a healthcare need (e.g., digital health)
  • Developing healthcare programs in specific areas of need (e.g., seniors care, addictions, etc.)
Supporting Documentation Required
At least one letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have (but not required) multiple signatures. Any letters in excess of 3 will not be considered.
 
Letters of support may include:
  • Colleagues (may include the nominator), peers, regional/community partners, among others. 
  • As applicable, letters, quotes or anecdotes from patients (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality) are welcome and count toward the maximum of three letters total.
 
Note: The Award of Excellence category recognizes Ontario family doctors for a specific accomplishment or innovation within the past two years. The OCFP also bestows the “Reg L. Perkin” Family Physician of the Year Award, which recognizes a CFPC family physician member from Ontario who exemplifies what it means to be a family doctor: providing exceptional care to patients and contributing to the health and well-being of their communities.

All recipients will be recognized at the OCFP’s Awards Ceremony in November in Toronto. For more information contact: awards@ocfp.on.ca