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Program Director of the Year Award

This award is given annually to a program director who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing residency education as evidenced by innovation and impact beyond his or her program. Up to two awards are presented annually. Award winners receive a plaque recognizing their contribution as well as travel and registration to the International Conference on Residency Education.


A nominee must be a current program director of a residency program accredited by the Royal College.


  • Demonstrated commitment to innovation in residency education.
  • Has had a lasting impact on the quality of residency education and measurable outcomes beyond his or her program.
  • Evidence of effective leadership and mentorship ability.
  • Embodies or integrates the CanMEDS Roles.
  • Strong track record for promoting ethics, reflection and humanism in residency education.


  • Nominations may be submitted by program directors, deans, postgraduate deans, or department chairs and division directors (maximum of two letters).
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Individuals may be re-nominated in subsequent years. Previous winners are not eligible to win again.


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


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

The call for submissions deadline is April 5, 2019. Late applications will not be considered. Click here to download the nomination form

Contact us
Office of Specialty Education
Telephone: 613-730-8177, ext. 170; toll-free 1-800-668-3740, ext. 170

Past recipient


Dr. Bradley Petrisor, McMaster University

Dr. Hilary Writer, University of Ottawa

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