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2020 - Early-Career Leadership in Medical Education

The Award for Early-Career Leadership in Medical Education honors new Royal College Fellows (with 7 or fewer years of post-training full-time practice) who have shown outstanding leadership, initiative, service and/or innovation in medical education and/or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Nominees for this award will have:

  • Shown creativity, initiative and commitment to making a significant contribution within a post-graduate medical education and/or CPD context;
  • Conducted outstanding scholarly activities in specialty medicine education/CPD, such as through program or curriculum design, translation of medical education research into teaching/CPD, teaching, or mentorship;
  • Been active and effective at the local (e.g., University), provincial/territorial and/or national level; and/or
  • Acted as a positive and effective role model for peers and colleagues.

General Policies

  • The Awards Committee of the Royal College, which selects the recipient annually at their fall meeting, may add to the list of nominations.
  • The Awards Committee may also conduct its own research regarding the proposed nominees.
  • Only one award recipient will be named in any given year; however, the award may not necessarily be bestowed annually.


  • Has held Royal College Fellowship for at least one year;
  • Has been in full-time practice (clinical or academic) for not more than seven years post-training (not including any leaves of absence);
  • Self-applications are ineligible;
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-submitted, however recipients are not eligible for future nomination.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations must be submitted by Fellows of the Royal College.
  • In addition to the nominator’s letter, two additional letters of support may be included.
  • It is strongly recommended that the nominator or one supporter be a Dean, Vice Dean/Postgraduate Dean/CPD Dean or Program Director of a Royal College accredited Faculty of Medicine, or representative of a National Specialty Society involved in provision of CPD.
  • A CV must accompany the nomination package.


  • The recipient will be recognized at a Royal College Annual event, such as the Residency Education Awards Dinner or Convocation.
  • Travel and related expenses of the award winner will be paid in accordance with Royal College guidelines.
  • The awardee will also receive a suitably engraved recognition, and a monetary prize of $1,000.

Submission deadline
11:59 p.m. September 13, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.

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