The Team Williams Family Medicine Innovation grant was established by Dave Williams, a former director of Information Technology (IT) with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), in memory of four members of the Williams family: his mother, Mary; his father, Bert; his brother Daniel; and his sister Janet. The grant recognizes innovators in family medicine and raises awareness of best practices across the country and potentially the world.

The Williams family is passionate about supporting continual innovation in and improvement of the coordination of health care. Using IT to find effective and efficient ways to serve the medical needs of their communities and extend their reach, family doctors and family medicine residents can be at the forefront of adopting new technologies.

This grant will recognize and support any of the following:

  • An innovative medical IT project in family medicine in the early stages of development
  • An innovative medical IT project in family medicine completed in the past 12 months
  • A proposal to develop a medical IT tool in family medicine
  • A proposal to conduct medical IT research in family medicine

Eligibility criteria:

Family physician CFPC members who have been in good standing for at least one year and are either community or academic based are eligible.

Family medicine residents are eligible.

If applying as a team, the lead member must be a family medicine resident or a family physician CFPC member who has been in good standing for at least one year and is in active practice.

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

This grant is not intended to support website development.

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

Selection process:

The CFPC’s First Five Years in Family Practice Committee will recommend the recipient of this award to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

Applicants will be notified of results formally in July 2018.

Value:

One grant will be offered at $2,500.

The recipient will also receive complimentary registration for Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2018 for the day they receive their award and up to $1,500 to offset the costs of travel and other expenses related to attending FMF.

The award will be presented at the Awards Gala during FMF 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, which takes place November 14th to 17th.

Recipients must provide a report on the innovation(s) they have successfully implemented.

The report must describe how the knowledge will be shared with family physicians, rural and remote family physicians, residents, patients, learners, teachers, other health care providers, or academic leaders.

The deadline for project completion is December 31, 2019.

Application process:

The application window opens on December 8, 2017.

Applications must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for application requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This grant is supported by the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, the CFPC, and by the Team Williams Family and Friends.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)’s Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) practice model embraces the Canadian values of equity, fairness, and access to care for all people. In a PMH a team or network of family physicians and other health care professionals work together to provide and coordinate a comprehensive range of medical and health care services appropriate to the needs of that practice’s patients and the communities it serves.

Caring and compassion are fundamental attributes that the CFPC wants to recognize and promote in PMH practices. The Patient’s Medical Home 60/20 Caring and Compassion Grants support health care providers and/or interdisciplinary teams in undertaking projects aimed at optimizing caring and compassion, which are central to the vision of the PMH.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be members of the CFPC in active practice. If applying as a practice team, at least one person on the team must be a member of the CFPC and have been in good standing for at least one year.

Previous recipients of this award must wait three years before reapplying.

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

Applications must include plans to implement as many of the 10 goals of the PMH as possible while keeping caring and compassion at the core of the initiative. Projects must:

    • Exemplify some or all of the 10 goals of the PMH
    • Demonstrate and uphold caring and compassion as a central focus
    • Present a plan for knowledge dissemination
    • Aim to attain results that will address the current needs of the applicant’s practice community
    • Aim to attain results that will benefit both the PMH model and CFPC members

For more information on the PMH, including an outline of the 10 goals and a self-assessment tool you can use to evaluate your practice, please visit http://patientsmedicalhome.ca/.

Examples of eligible projects include:

    • Receiving, evaluating, and compiling stories from family physicians that either exemplify the notion of compassionate care or showcase a lack thereof in the practice of family medicine, with the intention of weaving these collected narratives into a session at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) for the learning benefit of other family physicians
    • Conducting a literature review on various PMH–related topics; for example, what are other countries’ experiences with electronic medical records? Do they encourage or inhibit compassionate care in the patient-physician relationship? How can Canada learn from these experiences?
    • Implementing a standardized method of continuous planned interaction between physicians and patients via email, telephone, or other electronic communications—particularly in the care of those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and mental illness—and evaluating the success, or lack thereof, of these communication tools in helping deliver patient care
    • The implementation of a patient feedback tool (such as Canadian Institute for Health Information health care surveys, and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council’s Primary Health Care Patient Experience Survey Toolkit) with a report on how your practice has changed, or maintained, its methods of care based on the shared experience of its patients

Selection process:

The CFPC’s PMH Steering Committee in collaboration with Associated Medical Services (AMS) will recommend the recipients to the national Honours and Awards Committee.

Nominees will be notified of the results formally in July 2018.

Value:

Three awards at $4,000 each are available.

The awards will be presented at the Awards Gala at FMF 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, which takes place November 14th to 17th.

The recipients will receive complimentary registration for FMF for the day they are receiving their award and up to $1,500 each to offset travel and other expenses related to attending FMF.

The deadline for project completion is December 31, 2019.

Taxable income:

Award funds received are taxable and are considered part of your personal income in the fiscal year in which they are received. The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) will issue a statement of income (T4A information slip) at the end of the year for these amounts. We recommend that you obtain professional advice from your financial/tax adviser regarding the income tax implications of this award.  

Application process:

The application window opens on December 8, 2017.

The deadline to submit an application is 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for application requirements.

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Recognition of support:

Supported by the FAFM, the CFPC, and the generous donations of Associated Medical Services.

The Northern, Rural, Remote Family Practice Marco Terwiel Award is for family physicians in northern, rural, and remote locations who have introduced effective and efficient ways to serve the medical needs of their communities. This award is named in honour of Dr. Marco Terwiel, a family physician who was devoted to the health and well-being of patients in rural and remote areas.

Family physicians in rural and remote areas are often innovators. Being the only physicians available for many miles around, they must have exceptionally broad and flexible skills if they are to respond effectively to medical challenges that, in a more advanced setting, would usually be referred to either emergency rooms or other specialists. From the necessity of their situation emerge novel ways to provide the high standard of care they are trained to deliver.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must be members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) who have been in good standing for at least one year and are working in a northern, rural, or remote community.

If applying as a team, at least one member of the team must be a member of the CFPC who has been in good standing for at least one year.

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 Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce will select the top application.

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

All applicants will be notified of the results in July 2018.

Value:

The recipient will be required to provide a report on the innovation(s) they have successfully implemented. The report will be shared with other rural and remote doctors through the CFPC website.

The deadline for the completion of the final report is December 31, 2019.

This award will be presented at the Awards Gala during Family Medicine Forum (FMF) 2018, which takes place in Toronto, Ontario, from November 14th to 17th.

The honouree will receive complimentary registration for the day they are receiving their award, up to $2,500 to offset the costs of travel and other expenses related to attending FMF 2018, and $2,500 upon completion of the required final report.

Taxable income:

Award funds received are taxable and are considered part of your personal income in the fiscal year in which they are received. The Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM) will issue a statement of income (T4A information slip) at the end of the year for these amounts. We recommend that you obtain professional advice from your financial/tax adviser regarding the income tax implications of this award.

Application process:

The application window opens on December 8, 2017.

Applications must reach the CFPC National Office by 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted online.

Please refer to this PDF for application requirements.

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Recognition of support:

This award is supported by the FAFM, the CFPC, and the Terwiel family.