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Program Administrator Award for Innovation and Excellence

This award is given to a residency program administrator who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing residency education as evidenced by innovation and excellence beyond his or her program.

One award is presented annually at the ICRE Program Administrators Conference. The award winner receives a Royal College certificate recognizing his or her contribution, as well as travel compensation, complimentary registration to the ICRE Program Administrators Conference and the ICRE, and an invitation to attend the ICRE residency awards dinner. The winner of the Program Administrator Award will also be invited to present a talk on best practices at the ICRE Program Administrators Conference.


  • Nominee must be a current postgraduate specialty residency program administrator for an accredited Royal College residency program.
  • Current members of the Royal College Program Administrator Conference steering committee are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Individuals may be re-nominated in subsequent years. However, previous winners of the award will not be eligible to win again.


  • Nominees must meet at least four of the following criteria:
    • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and innovation with regard to the administration of the residency education program.
    • Has had a lasting impact on the quality of residency education program and measurable outcomes beyond his or her program as witnessed through the accreditation process.
    • Evidence of effective peer leadership and mentorship ability in the program administrator role.
    • Embodies or integrates the values of the (Administrative) CanMEDS Roles: professionalism, communicator, collaborator, manager, advocate as evidenced in the evaluation process and in meeting with the standards of the Royal College.
    • Strong track record for promoting ethical and wellness behaviours for his or her residency program.
  • Examples of innovation and excellence by a program administrator:
    • Program administrator has increased the attendance to academic journal clubs by more than 50% in the last year by promoting its visibility and importance.
    • Program administrator has introduced an activity for the residents to be more involved in self-directed learning by introducing a mandatory feedback session during rotations; this was implemented across all programs in a department.
    • Program administrator introduced a decision tree to assist the residency program director deal with residents in difficulty; this was adopted faculty-wide.
    • Program administrator constantly promotes the importance of a mentorship program and is dedicated to ensuring its success with concrete actions.


  • Nominations can be submitted by a program director or other members of the faculty of medicine, residents or Fellows currently registered in the faculty. These nominations can be made by an individual or a group of individuals.


  • Nomination submissions must include the following:
    • the official award nomination form, completed
    • nomination letter addressing every element of the criteria listed below
    • a letter of support from a resident or group of residents (current or recently graduated)
    • curriculum vitae of the candidate (no more than 3 pages in length)


Nominations are adjudicated by a subcommittee of the Awards Committee of the Royal College.

Submission deadline
The call for submission has now closed.

Contact us
CanMEDS and Faculty Development
Telephone: 613-730-8177, ext. 279; toll-free 1-800-668-3740, ext. 279

Past recipient


Ms. Candice Stroud, McMaster University

Click here to see a list of past ICRE award winners.