International Medical Educator of the Year Award

This award is given annually to an international medical educator who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing residency education as evidenced by innovation and impact beyond his or her program. One award will be presented annually. The award winner receives a plaque recognizing his or her contribution, as well as travel and registration to the International Conference on Residency Education.


A nominee must be a current medical educator of a postgraduate program residing outside of Canada.


  • 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 medical educators, deans, postgraduate deans, department chairs, division directors, peer teachers or trainees (maximum of two letters).
  • 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.


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

Nominations are being accepted for this award until April 9, 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

Click here to access the submission site and submit your nomination.


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

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

Past recipients


Felix Ankel, MD, FACEP, University of Minnesota (Minnesota, USA)

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