The Awards of Recognition are some of the CFPC’s most prestigious awards, recognizing excellence from lifetime achievement in family medicine.

Dr. Meldon Kahan at the 2018 Family Medicine Forum conference

Dr. Meldon Kahan, FMF 2018, Toronto

The Canadian Family Physician Best Original Research Article Award recognizes the best article published in Canadian Family Physician (CFP) during the preceding year based on original research carried out by a College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) member.

Eligibility criteria:

At least one member of the research team must be a CFPC member who has been in good standing for at least one year. The CFPC member may be either the principal investigator or a key member of the research team.

A nominee is not eligible if they have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

The Editorial Advisory Board of CFP will recommend the recipient of this award to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

The recipient will be notified of the results formally in July.

Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors and Canadian Family Physician.

The Awards of Excellence recognize College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members who in the past 24 months have made outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  • Patient care
  • Community service
  • Hospital or health care institutions
  • College activities (nationally or through a Chapter)
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Other elements of the academic discipline of family medicine

Examples of outstanding contributions include:

  • Conducting charitable or humanitarian work
  • Teaching
  • Embodying excellence in clinical practice
  • Creating an innovative research program
  • Providing leadership during a community outbreak of infectious disease
  • Establishing a training program in family violence
  • Developing a new program to address a health care need
  • Providing leadership in a hospital or regional health care program
  • Developing health care programs in specific areas (e.g., palliative care)

Eligibility criteria:

Each nominee must be a CFPC member who has been in good standing for at least one year.

The contributions being recognized must have occurred in the past two years.

Each Chapter may have its own eligibility criteria.

Nominees cannot have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

Nominations are invited from CFPC members and the public. Nominations are to be submitted to the office of the provincial Chapter of which the nominee is a member. Deadlines for submission vary by Chapter. Please contact the provincial Chapter of your nominee to confirm the annual deadline date.

Chapters must submit their nominations for this award to the national Honours and Awards Committee prior to May 1, 2020.

Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine.

The CFPC/CPA Collaborative Mental Health Care Awards highlight important work being done in many communities in Canada to improve access to effective mental health care, enhance mental health service delivery, and increase family physicians’ capacity to identify and meet the mental health care needs of their patients.

One award recognizes a grassroots community program or service providing access to mental health care in a primary care setting that involves excellence in interprofessional, team-based collaboration between family physicians and mental health services/providers.

A second award recognizes a larger, institutionally supported program or service providing access to mental health care in a primary care setting that involves interprofessional team-based collaboration, as described above.

Eligibility criteria:

Any program providing access to mental health care in a primary care setting that involves interprofessional planning, collaboration, and service delivery is eligible.

At least one individual on the team must be a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) who has been in good standing for at least one year.

Self-nominations are eligible.

Nominees cannot have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

Nominations for the CFPC/CPA Collaborative Mental Health Care Awards are invited from CFPC members, Chapters, mental health care professionals, and the public.

The Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care will recommend the recipient of this award to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

Nominees will be notified of the results by email in March.

Nomination process:

The nomination window opens on December 12, 2019.

Nominations must be submitted online.

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on February 7, 2020.

Please refer to this PDF for application requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine.

An image of, from left to right, Dr. Brady Bouchard, Dr. Bob Bluman, and Dr. Brenna Lynn

Dr. Brady Bouchard, Dr. Bob Bluman, and Dr. Brenna Lynn

The CFPC Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program Award recognizes a Mainpro+® certified educational program that has provided an exceptional learning experience to either practising or practice-eligible members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). The award will be presented to the individual or group responsible for the design, development, and implementation of the winning CPD program.

Eligibility criteria:

The CFPC Mainpro+ certified CPD program must be shown to have provided an exceptional learning experience as measured by program evaluations completed by participating CFPC members.

The program must meet the CFPC definition of an exceptional learning experience, which means it satisfies one or more of the following criteria:

    • The program has been evaluated by CFPC members and determined to be of great value to the practice of family medicine
    • The program addresses a new CPD topic or area of interest for family physicians and is important and relevant to the practice of family medicine
    • The program successfully implemented an innovative learning tool and/or instructional model or approach, or incorporated an existing tool or instructional approach in an innovative manner

The program must be Mainpro+ certified on a national or provincial level at the time of nomination.

The program must be offered at least once prior to judging.

The program must have been certified and delivered at least once within the last two years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations. 

Not eligible:

Programs that have won this award in the past five years are not eligible.

Residency training programs and programs aimed at pre-licensure family physicians are not eligible.  

Selection process:

The CFPC’s National Committee on Continuing Professional Development will review and rank eligible programs. Post-program evaluations, completed by physicians who have participated in the program, will be used to help determine the overall score of the program.

The results will be forwarded to the national Honours and Awards Committee for final approval. 

Nominees will be notified of the results formally in July.

Nomination process:

Nominations are invited from CFPC members in good standing who have done any of the following:

    • Registered and participated in the nominated CPD program
    • Participated actively in the development and/or delivery of the nominated CPD program
    • Acted as the CFPC Mainpro+ reviewer for the nominated CPD program

The nomination window opens on December 12, 2019.

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 3, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for nomination requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine.

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Dr. Paul Dhillon and Dr. Ryan Patchett-Marble, FMF 2018, Toronto

The Early Career Development Awards recognize the efforts of new family physician leaders of tomorrow for their outstanding contributions today. Nominees for these awards must be College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members who have been in active practice for five years or less (since 2014).

Nominees should exemplify leadership, innovation, initiative, and dedication in one or more of the following areas:

  • Acting as a role model for learners and colleagues
  • Conducting outstanding scholarly activities in family medicine
  • Being involved in important health care projects or initiatives at the community level
  • Providing leadership in a hospital committee or project
  • Being involved in Chapter and/or national College activities

Eligibility criteria:

Each nominee must be a CFPC member who has been in good standing for at least one year.

Nominees cannot have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

Nominations for the CFPC Early Career Development Awards are invited from CFPC members, Chapters, and the public.

The CFPC Membership Advisory Committee will recommend the recipients of these awards to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

Nominees will be notified of results formally in July.

Nomination process:

  • Your nomination will be evaluated based on the information provided regarding the following areas:
    • Patient care (family medicine expertise, clinical skills, communication, patient-centred care)
    • Citizenship (collaboration, contributions to community/society)
    • Teaching and education (undergraduate students, residents, fellows, continuing professional development, public education)
    • Scholarship (scientific discovery, innovation, translation of knowledge to practice)
    • Leadership and administration (medical or nonmedical organizations)

The nomination window opens on December 12, 2019.

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 3, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for nomination requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors and TD Insurance.

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Dr. Margaret Sanborn, FMF 2018, Toronto

The Environmental Health Award is presented to a family physician or family medicine resident who is a member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and has demonstrated leadership in environmental health. The recipient will also be awarded the Nicole Bruinsma Award for Environmental Leadership presented by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and the Canadian Health and Environment Education and Research (CHEER) Foundation in memory of Dr. Nicole Bruinsma.

Dr. Bruinsma was passionate about the environment, and she lived her passion. Concerned that pesticides might have played a role in the breast cancer that would eventually claim her life at age 42, she led the successful drive to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides in her hometown of Chelsea, Quebec. That ban had both provincial and national repercussions and earned her national and international prominence.

Aspects and examples of leadership in environmental issues to be considered include:

  • Breadth of involvement in health and environment issues
  • Length of commitment to the issue
  • Leadership both within the profession and within the wider community
  • Policy work
  • Education of the profession and the wider community
  • Research and publications
  • Involvement with environmental boards
  • Membership on environmental committees

Eligibility criteria:

Nominees must be either a family physician CFPC member who has been in good standing for at least one year or a family medicine resident CFPC member.

Nominees cannot have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

Nominations for the CFPC Environmental Health Award are invited from CFPC members.

The CFPC’s Environmental Health Working Group and representatives from CAPE will provide their recommendations for the recipient of this award to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

Nominees will be informed of the results in July.

Nomination process:

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. ET, March 3, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted online.

Please note: Application window opens on December 12th.

Please refer to this PDF for nomination requirements

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Recognition of support:

This award is presented in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), and the Canadian Health and Environmental Education and Research Foundations (CHEER).

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors and TD Insurance.

An image of, from left to right, Dr. Susan Phillips, Dr. Reginald L. Perkin, Dr. Eva Grunfeld, and Dr. June Carroll

Dr. Susan Phillips, Dr. Reginald L. Perkin, Dr. Eva Grunfeld, and Dr. June Carroll, FMF 2018, Toronto

The CFPC Lifetime Achievement Awards in Family Medicine Research honour individuals who were trailblazers and leaders in family medicine research and made substantial contributions to family medicine research during their active career years. These awards give public recognition to their work and to the discipline of family medicine.

Eligibility criteria:

Nominees must be senior members of the CFPC (65 years of age or older).

Posthumous nominations will be accepted.

Associate members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) may be nominated.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

The selection committee of the CFPC Section of Researchers will recommend the recipients of these grants to the national Honours and Awards Committee for final approval.

Nominees will be notified of the results in July.

Nomination process:

Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Awards in Family Medicine Research are invited from both CFPC members and the public.

Please provide a name and a brief paragraph in your own words indicating why you think your nominee should be considered for this award. We will follow up if more information is required. Please send nominations to the CFPC Research Department at [email protected]. Please keep your nomination confidential and refrain from informing the nominee.

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 3, 2020.

Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine.

Dr Warren McIsaac, CFPC Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article award

Dr. Warren McIsaac, FMF 2018, Toronto

The CFPC Outstanding Family Medicine Research Article award recognizes the best research article published in a national or international journal during the preceding year based on original family medicine research carried out by a College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) member.

Eligibility criteria:

At least one member of the research team must be a CFPC member, either as the principal investigator or a key member of the research team, who has been in good standing for at least one year.

The research must be relevant to family medicine.

Only the final version of a published article is eligible and it must be submitted for the year in which the final version was published.

Nominees cannot have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection Process:

The CFPC Section of Researchers Selection Committee will recommend the recipient of this award to the national Honours and Awards Committee. Nominees will be notified of the results in July.

Nomination process:

Nominations are invited from faculty and CFPC members.

The nomination window opens on December 12, 2019.

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 3, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for application requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors.

Dr Robert Primavesi, recipient of the Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award

Dr. Robert Primavesi

The Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award is named in honour of Dr. Jim Ruderman, who was Chief of Family Medicine at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, from 1992 to 2014. The award recognizes an outstanding Canadian family physician academic who embodies those qualities that made its namesake such an outstanding leaderwisdom, equanimity, compassion, and the capacity to attract and mentor talented individuals and forge them into a dynamic and productive team.

Eligibility criteria:

Each nominee must be a College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) member who has been in good standing for at least one year.

Candidates must have demonstrated leadership and mentorship skills in academic family medicine.

Nominees must have demonstrated the qualities that defined and were valued by Dr. Ruderman: wisdom, equanimity, compassion, and mentorship.

Nominees are not eligible if they have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our Policies and Procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations.

Selection process:

A selection committee representing national CFPC members—of whom two will be members of Women’s College Hospital, one will be a chair of a department of family medicine, and one will be a representative of the CFPC’s Section of Teachers—will collaborate to select the recipient and submit their recommendation to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

Nominees will be informed of the results formally in July.

Nomination process:

Nominations for the Jim Ruderman Academic Family Medicine Leadership Award are invited from CFPC members.

The nomination window opens on December 12, 2019.

Nominations must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 3, 2020.

Nominations must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for nomination requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors and the family and friends of Dr. Ruderman.

Dr. Jesse Kancir

Dr. Jesse Kancir, FMF 2018, Toronto

The Mimi Divinsky Award for History and Narrative in Family Medicine recognizes the best submitted narrative account of experiences in family medicine. The award is named in memory of Dr. Mimi Divinsky for her role as a pioneer in narrative medicine in Canada.

Eligibility criteria:

The award is open to College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) members who are in good standing, family medicine residents, or medical students.

The story must be original and not previously published to be considered.

The author must own the copyright to the submitted work. In Canada, authors automatically own the copyright to their works, so unless you have assigned the copyright to another person or publisher your story is eligible. Submissions included in the Stories in Family Medicine database are licensed under a Creative Commons licence, which means authors retain the copyright to their stories and others have limited copying and distribution rights provided the authors are credited.

Stories must be 1,200 words or less in length and may be submitted in English or French.

Only one story per author will be considered each year.

Submissions should reflect the annual theme. The theme for 2020 submissions is Artificial Intelligence.

Applicants are not eligible if they have received this award in the past three years.

Please visit our policies and procedures page for basic eligibility guidelines and additional considerations. 

Selection process:

The CFPC History and Humanities Committee will select the award-winning story and recommend the recipient to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

The recipient will be notified of the results formally in July.

Application process:

The application window opens on December 12, 2019.

Applications must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 3, 2020.

Applications must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for application requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This is a program of the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, through the generosity of its donors.