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Award Descriptions

There are five award catergories open for nomination:
  1. Regional Family Physician of the Year
  2. Family Practice of the Year
  3. Community Teacher of the Year Award
  4. Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award
  5. 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 and will not recognize past recipients in the same category. If you have any questions about the nomination process please email awards@ocfp.on.ca. 

Read about Past Award Recipients on the OCFP website.

1. Regional Family Physician of the Year
This award recognizes the overall outstanding contributions of seven OCFP members who consistently provide exemplary care to their patients and are passionately involved in activities that contribute to ongoing improvements and excellence in family medicine.
 
Suitable Nominees 
Any OCFP member, who has been in good standing for at least 10 years, and has made a meaningful contribution in:
  • Providing exceptional care to their patients and practice populations.
  • Making meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of their communities.
  • Dedicating themselves to life-long learning and/or as researchers and educators of future generations of family doctors.
  • Exemplifying the Four Principles of Family Medicine as defined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada:
    • The family physician is a skilled clinician
    • Family medicine is a community-based discipline
    • The family physician is a resource to a defined practice population
    • The patient-physician relationship is central to the role of the family physician

Regions are based on the following LHIN groupings:
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
 
The seven recipients of Regional Family Physician of the Year are recognized at the OCFP’S Awards Ceremony in November in Toronto. One of the seven recipients is then chosen as Ontario’s Family Physician of the Year and recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as a recipient of the Reg L. Perkin Award at their annual Family Medicine Forum.

Letters of support
At least one letter of support (to a maximum of three letter is required with the nomination. Letters of support may come from:

  •  Colleagues (other than the nominator), including IHPs, community stakeholder and peer physicians.
  •  Patient letters, quotes or anecdotes (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality) are strongly encouraged.
  •  The nominee’s CV is optional
*Please Note: Members who have made outstanding contributions in the last 12 to 24 months specifically should be considered for the Award of Excellence.  

2. Family Practice of the Year
This award celebrates the accomplishments and hard work of the members of a family practice in delivering comprehensive services and continuity of care for their patients.

Suitable Nominees
Any family practice in Ontario that:
  • Provides exceptional care to their patients.
  • Makes meaningful contributions to the health and well-being of their communities.
  • Dedicates themselves to life-long learning and/or as researchers and educators of future generations of family doctors.
  • Exemplifies the Four Principles of Family Medicine as defined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada:
    • The family physician is a skilled clinician
    • Family medicine is a community-based discipline
    • The family physician is a resource to a defined practice population
    • The patient-physician relationship is central to the role of the family physician
Nominations will be considered in two groups:
  1. Group 1 will include family practices with 1 to 5 physicians
  2. Group 2 will include larger practices with 6 or more physicians

Letter of support
At least one letter of support (to a maximum of three) is required.  Letters may come from:

  •  Colleagues (other than the nominator), including IHPs, community stakeholder and peer physicians.
  •  Patient letters, quotes or anecdotes (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality) are strongly encouraged.
3. Community Teacher of the Year
The Community Teacher of the Year Award celebrates excellence in a community family medicine preceptor for the academic teaching year.

Suitable Nominees
Any OCFP members and community-based physicians who demonstrate:
  •  Excellence in teaching
  •  Broad scope of teaching at the community level
  •  Strong mentorship skills
  •  Positive impact on students and learning environment
  •  Demonstrates and promotes the Four Principles of Family Medicine as defined by the College of Family Physicians of Canada:
    • The family physician is a skilled clinician 

    • Family medicine is a community-based discipline 

    • The family physician is a resource to a defined practice population
    • The patient-physician relationship is central to the role of the family physician

Suitable Nominators
Ontario’s family medicine residents, medical school students and any other health-care learners may submit nominations.

Letters of support
At least one letter of support (to a maximum of three) is required.
  • Letters from family medicine residents, medical school students, or other health-care learners that detail the nominee’s impact on their learning experience are strongly recommended. Letters may have (but not required) multiple signatures.
4. Family Medicine Resident of Year
The Family Medicine Resident of the Year Award recognizes outstanding clinical, research, leadership and teaching skills in a family medicine resident currently enrolled in a family medicine residency program in Ontario.

Suitable Nominees
Candidates enrolled in a family medicine program during the 2017- 2018 academic year who demonstrate:
  • Excellence in patient care and clinical expertise 

  • Commitment to enhancing learning and development opportunities for medical students and fellow residents, through either formal or informal educational, leadership and mentorship activities
  • Dedication and excellence in research
  • Commitment to the improvement of their local, professional and provincial communities
  • Skill and aptitude as an exceptional communicator 

Suitable Nominators
Nominations for this award can be made by current faculty members, medical students and residents, as well as family physicians in practice. 


Letters of Support
At least two letters of support (to a maximum of three) from colleagues, peers or preceptors are required.

5. Award of Excellence
The Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional achievement in a specific area or project pertaining to the specialty of family medicine in the last 12 to 24 months.

Suitable Nominees
Any OCFP member who has demonstrated an exceptional achievement in the last 12 to 24 months in one of the following or similar areas:
  • Promoting excellence in clinical practice/patient care (can be specific to a particular area of family medicine)
  • Demonstrating leadership in local or regional healthcare systems, hospitals and/or health-care initiatives
  • Contributing to and strengthening research in family medicine
  • Promoting excellence through teaching or mentorship activities (e.g., of medical students, family medicine residents or other professionals)
  • Community enhancement/service activity (may include charitable or humanitarian work).
Letters of support
At least one letter of support from a colleague (to a maximum of three) is required. Letters can have (but not required) multiple signatures.
  • Letters from students, residents and community/regional partners are recommended.
  • Patient letters, quotes or anecdotes (may be attributed or unattributed to protect confidentiality) are strongly encouraged.

*Please Note: The Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding contributions made in the last 12 to 24 months. Members who have demonstrated excellence in all areas of their work, spanning at least 10 years, should be nominated for the Regional Family Physician of the Year award. 
 
All recipients will be recognized at the OCFP’s Awards Ceremony in November in Toronto. For more information contact: awards@ocfp.on.ca