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Award Descriptions

For 2020, our Awards program is accepting nominations for the following:

1. Regional Family Physician of the Year
This award recognizes the contributions of seven (7) OCFP members – one from each region of the province – who provide exemplary comprehensive, lifelong care to their patients and make significant contributions to the health and wellbeing of their community and/or society in general.

As part of the adjudication process, one of the seven (7) recipients will also be selected as the Reg L. Perkin Family Physician of the Year for Ontario, bestowed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Example of Suitable Nominator:  Ontario family physicians, colleagues/peers, community members, and members of the public.

Eligibility:

  • Nominations are open to any active OCFP member* in good standing, who currently practises in Ontario and has been in practice for at least 10 years.  
  • Nominees are not eligible if they have already received an award in this category or another OCFP Award for the same type of work.
  • If a nominee is being highlighted specifically for their skills as a health system leader, please submit their nomination to the Leaders for a Health Ontario category. 
Recipients will be selected from the following seven (7) regions:
Region 1: North East and North West
Region 2: Erie St. Clair and South West
Region 3: Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant and Waterloo Wellington
Region 4: Mississauga-Halton and Central West
Region 5: Toronto Central and Central
Region 6: Central East and North Simcoe Muskoka
Region 7: South East and Champlain

Supporting Documentation:
  • At least one (1) letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have  multiple signatures. A nomination with more than three (3) letters of support will not be accepted.
  • Letters of support may come from colleagues (may include the nominator), peers, and regional/community partners, among others. 
  • Letters, quotes or anecdotes from patients are welcome as part of the maximum three (3) letters of support (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality).
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2.  Leaders for a Healthy Ontario Award – System Changers
This award celebrates an Ontario family physician (or team of family physicians) who has effectively taken responsibility for their own performance and continuous learning to achieve quality results, actively build coalitions and  create a climate of continuous improvement for a healthy Ontario. The impact of their leadership has made a significant and tangible difference and has been spread or scaled successfully.

Each year the call for nominations will focus on a specific area of leadership. During this pivotal time for Ontario’s health system reform, the chosen theme is system level leadership.

The nominee:

  • Supports and encourages family physicians as leaders in health system planning and implementation in a tangible way
  • Effectively acts as the voice/honest broker representing family physicians at provincial and/or regional tables
  • Advocates for equitable access to comprehensive, collaborative care for all Ontarians
Nominations for this award must include a narrative of how the nominee has demonstrated ongoing leadership and how this leadership specifically impacted health care for patients, communities, the province and beyond.  

Examples of suitable nominators: Ontario family physicians, colleagues/peers, stakeholders, and members of the public.

Eligibility:
  • The nominee must be an active OCFP member* in good standing for at least 10 years, who practises in Ontario.This award is to celebrate a long-standing commitment to leadership over the course of one’s career.
  • Leadership can be demonstrated in many ways.  This award recognizes a family physician who demonstrates the key enablers outlined in the CAN-Meds to advance family medicine in Ontario:
    • Contributes to the improvement of comprehensive, continuity-based, and patient- centred health care delivered in teams, organizations, and systems
    • Engages in the stewardship of health care resources
    • Demonstrates collaborative leadership in professional practice to enhance health care
Supporting Documentation:
  • At least one (1) letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have multiple signatures. Any letters in excess of  three (3 ) will not be considered.
  • Resume that lists any relevant publications
* This award is to recognize established family physicians who have acted as ongoing leaders in some capacity of their professional life to the benefit of the system and patients.  Othe awards for consideration include the Regional Family Physician Award which is focused on the comprehensive family doctor and the CFPC FM Professional Profile For short term contributions, the Award of Excellence is focused on a specific contribution/project. 
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3.  Community Educator of the Year
This award recognizes a family physician in Ontario who is an outstanding community teacher, preceptor and/or mentor, fostering quality learning in family medicine. The recipient is a successful role model who consistently provides a quality learning environment, inspires and motivates learners, and effectively builds their confidence and competence through collegial relationships. 

Examples of suitable nominators: Ontario family physicians, mentees (including Collaborative Mentoring Network mentees), residents, medical students and any other health-care learners may submit nominations.

Eligibility:

  • Nominations are open to any active OCFP member* in good standing, who practises in Ontario.
  • The nominee demonstrates teaching and/or mentorship excellence – a successful role model who consistently provides a quality learning environment, inspires and motivates learners, and effectively builds their confidence and competence through collegial relationships.  
  • Nominees are not eligible if they have already received an OCFP Award in another category for the same type of work.
Supporting Documentation:
  • At least one letter (1) of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have  multiple signatures. A nomination with more than three (3) letters of support will not be accepted.
  • Letters of support may come from medical students, family medicine residents, colleagues, peers, regional/community partners, among others.
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4.  Early Years Award
This award recognizes an early-career family physician (first 10 years) who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to family medicine and primary care in their practice and/or community.

Example of suitable nominator: Peers, primary care colleagues, residents, members of the public or can be self-nominated.

Eligibility:

  • Nominations are open to any active OCFP member* in good standing, who currently practises in Ontario and has been in practice for less than 10 years.  
  • Nominees are not eligible if they have already received an OCFP Award for the same type of work.
  • If the nominee is being highlighted specifically for their skills as a health system leader, please submit their nomination to the Leaders for a Healthy Ontario category.
Supporting Documentation:
  • At least one (1) letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have multiple signatures. A nomination with more than three (3) letters of support will not be accepted.
  • Letters of support may come from colleagues (may include the nominator), peers, and regional/community partners, among others. 
  • Letters, quotes or anecdotes from patients ) are welcome as part of the maximum three (3) letters of support (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality).
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5.  Family Medicine Resident of the Year - Ontario's Rising Star
This Award recognizes a resident who is an emerging leader and advocate for family medicine. 

Example of suitable nominators: Nominations for this individual can be made by current faculty members, medical students and residents, as well as practising family physicians.

Eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a family medicine resident enrolled at an Ontario university in the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Demonstrates leadership, initiative and/or innovation that is making positive contributions in areas such as patient care, peer support, advocacy, community service, research and education, among others

Supporting Documentation Required:

  • At least one (1) letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have multiple signatures. A nomination with more than three (3) letters of support will not be accepted.
  • Letters of support may come from faculty, community preceptors, fellow medical students or residents, among others. 
  • Letters, quotes or anecdotes from patients are welcome as part of the maximum three (3) letters of support (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality). 
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6. Medical Student of the Year
This award recognizes a medical student who is an emerging leader and advocate for family medicine. To qualify, applicants must be a student enrolled in an Ontario medical school in the 2019-2020 academic year and demonstrate a recognized interest in family medicine and / or primary care.

Example of suitable nominators: Nominations for this individual can be made by current faculty members, medical students and residents, as well as family physicians in practice.

Eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a student enrolled in an Ontario medical school in the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Demonstrate a recognized interest in family medicine and/ or primary care*
  • Have made contributions to family medicine and/or primary care in areas such as patient care, peer support, advocacy, community service, research, education, etc.
  • Must demonstrate a genuine interest in family medicine which is reflected in their experiences and chosen electives.
Supporting Documentation:
  • At least one (1) letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have  multiple signatures. A nomination with more than three (3) letters of support will not be accepted.
  • Letters of support may come from faculty, community preceptors, fellow medical students or residents, among others. 
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7. Awards of Excellence
These awards recognize family doctors, who individually or as a group, have demonstrated a specific and exceptional achievement within the past two years (24 months). Contributions achieved outside within this timeframe will not be considered. Contributions can be an innovation, project and/or specific input that has had a positive impact on patients, communities and/or the profession of family medicine. 

Example of Suitable Nominator: Ontario family medicine physicians, colleagues/peers, community members, and members of the public.

  • The nominee(s) must be an active OCFP member* in good standing for at least the past year, who currently practises in Ontario. 
  • Nominees can be individuals or groups of family physicians.
  • The achievement being recognized must have occurred in the past two years (24 months). Contributions achieved outside this timeframe will not be considered.
  • Examples of accomplishments may include:
    • Strengthening family physician engagement in health system change
    • Applying the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home
    • Fostering greater social accountability/commitment to population health
    • Establishing an innovative program that addresses a healthcare need, underserved population, etc.
    • Sparking innovative research that will contribute to healthcare improvements
    • Any other achievement that has demonstrated a concrete impact to family medicine in Ontario.
  • Nominees are not eligible if they received an Award of Excellence within the past three (3) years or have already received an OCFP Award for the same type of work.
  • Please note that Award recipients may be asked to share their learnings/insights with the broader family medicine community via the OCFP’s annual conference and/or webinars, newsletter article, etc.
Supporting Documentation:
  • At least one (1) letter of support (to a maximum of three letters) is required with the nomination. Letters can have multiple signatures. A nomination with more than three (3) letters of support will not be accepted.
  • Letters of support may come from colleagues (may include the nominator), peers, regional/community partners, among others. 
  • Letters, quotes or anecdotes from patients are welcome as part of the maximum three (3)letters of support (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality).
* As defined by the CFPC Membership Policy, an “Active Member” is a licensed physician in good standing, engaged in the practice of family medicine (Non-Member Mainpro+® Participants not eligible for nomination)