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Alumni Awards

Each year, you and your fellow alumni demonstrate exemplary service and commitment to health care, medical education, and research in Northern Ontario and across the country. Dr. Sarita Verma, President, Vice-Chancellor, Dean and CEO, will host the inaugural NOSM University Achievement Celebration at the annual Northern Constellations faculty development conference on May 5, 2023.

The Alumni Awards will recognize the achievements of some of our most accomplished graduates from all NOSM University programs.

We want to hear from you!

  • Why are you nominating this alumna/alumnus?
  • How has this person excelled and what demonstrates how this nominee is exceptional?
  • How do they stand out from their peers as mentors, colleagues, and collaborators?
  • What has the nominee achieved outside of their profession through their research, advocacy, volunteerism, or personal interests?
  • Are their contributions and achievements based on individual merit or personal commitment, rather than because of their position of employment?
  • How does the person nominated make you proud to be connected to NOSM University?
  • What personal qualities does the nominee exhibit that makes them an inspiration for students and other alumni?

Nominations can be made by alumni, faculty, learners, staff and community members in two award categories—Rising Star and Distinguished Alumni. An Honorary Alumni award will be awarded to an individual who has not graduated from NOSM, yet lives the values of the organization. The recipient will be chosen based on recommendations by the Nominations Committee.

The nomination deadline is January 30, 2023 before 4:00 p.m. EST.

⮞ Nomination form.

 

Awards Date

NOSM University Alumni Awards will be presented annually with nominations opening for submission in late-December.

Recipients will be honoured during Northern Constellations at the NOSM University Achievement Celebration in conjunction with the Faculty and Learner Awards of Excellence and Scholarship.

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award is presented to a recent graduate of NOSM University (within one to five years of completion of residency training) who has demonstrated significant professional achievements, made significant contributions to their community or as a volunteer, or has displayed promise of significant future accomplishments in Northern Ontario.

Nomination Criteria

  • The candidate must have completed either their undergraduate or postgraduate medical education at NOSM University.
  • The candidate must have:
    • Accomplished significant professional achievements;
    • Made significant contributions to a Northern Ontario community;
    • Made significant contributions as a volunteer; or
    • Demonstrated promise of significant future accomplishments in Northern Ontario.
  • One award recipient per year

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award is presented to NOSM University alumni who have achieved excellence, personally or professionally, and whose actions and influence have made a positive impact in health care, medical education, or research in Northern Ontario. The recipient will have made a strong contribution to NOSM University and demonstrated their commitment to bringing equitable and accessible health care to Northern Ontario.

Nomination Criteria

  • The candidate must have completed either their undergraduate or postgraduate medical education at NOSM University.
  • The candidate must have:
  • Demonstrated their commitment to Northern Ontario, as well as the vision, mission, and values of NOSM University in bringing equitable and accessible health care to the north.
  • Has distinguished themselves, personally or professionally, and has acted or used their influence to positively impact health care, medical education, or research in Northern Ontario.
  • One award recipient per year

Honorary Alumni Award

​The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an individual who is not a graduate of NOSM University but whose actions have embodied its vision, mission, and values. The recipient has positively contributed to the Northern Ontario health-care community and the medical profession.

Nomination Criteria

  • The candidate must:
    • Be a physician who has made significant contributions to NOSM University, the health-care community in Northern Ontario, and the medical profession overall.
    • Demonstrably live and work in such a way that embodies the vision, mission, and values of NOSM University.
  • One award recipient per year.

Nominations

Any person can be nominated for an award provided they meet the criteria of that award and that a completed nomination application package has been submitted. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are all welcome to submit applications for all awards, with the exception of the Honorary Alumni Award. The Honorary Alumni Award will be awarded based on recommendations by the Nominations Committee to the committee chair.

⮞ Nomination form.

Awards Selection Committee

An Alumni Awards Selection Committee of approximately 5 people consisting of staff, faculty, past Award winners, Alumni and community members, in addition to a Committee Chair should be established to evaluate Award nominees. Each Award nominee will be evaluated based on a rubric, specific to the Award to which they were nominated.

Example:

  • Two NOSM/NOSM University alumni
  • One member from the Advancement Unit
  • One member from the Academic staff
  • One member from the Administrative staff

Timelines

December 22, 2022 – Call for Nominations/Save the Date

January 30, 2023 – Submission deadline

February 15, 2023 – Recipients notified

April 5, 2023 – President’s Achievement Celebration at Northern Constellations

Terms of Reference

Rising Star Award

Terms of Reference

The Recent Alumni Award is presented to a recent graduate of NOSM no more than 5 years from Residency completion, who has demonstrated significant achievements on a professional, community and/or volunteer basis or has displayed promise of significant future accomplishments in Northern Ontario.

Specific Criteria

The candidate should be:

  • An alumnus/alumna of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine or NOSM University
  • Someone who has graduated from residency in the last 5 years
  • Someone who has shown significant accomplishment in:
    • Their chosen profession/field
    • Their community
    • Their philanthropic/volunteer work
    • Other significant accomplishment of note
  • Serve as an inspiration to the NOSM community.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Terms of Reference

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alumnus/ae who has achieved excellence in their personal/professional career. The recipient will have demonstrated positive influence through their professional pursuits and because of their actions, the alumnus will have made a strong contribution to the people or communities of Northern Ontario, as well as NOSM University.

Specific Criteria

The candidate should be:

  • An alumnus/alumna of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine or NOSM University
  • Someone who has shown significant accomplishment in:
    • Their chosen profession/field
    • Their community
    • Their philanthropic/volunteer work
    • Other significant accomplishment of note
  • Serve as an inspiration to the NOSM community.

Honourary Alumni Award

Terms of Reference

The Honorary Alumni Award is presented to an individual who is not a graduate, but whose actions have embodied the vision, mission and values of NOSM University, the people and communities of Northern Ontario, and the medical profession.

Specific Criteria

The candidate should be:

  • Someone who is NOT a graduate from NOSM or NOSM University
  • Someone who has shown significant accomplishment in:
    • Their chosen profession/field
    • Their community
    • Their philanthropic/volunteer work
    • Other significant accomplishment of note
  • Serve as an inspiration to the NOSM community.

Rubric

Candidates will be ranked from 1-10, with 1 being the lowest possible score and 10 being the highest possible score. Reviewers should keep in mind that some candidates will not fit all of the ‘specific criteria,’ but should be judged on an individual basis taking into account all aspects of the candidate’s application.

SPECIAL NOTE: Nominee’s are to be judged based on their application ONLY. Prior knowledge of a candidate, and/or personal relationships should be disclosed to the committee chair prior to evaluation.

While rubrics will be used to make individual interpretations prior to committee meetings, rubrics are not to be the single deciding factor for Award recipients. Rubrics should be filled out prior to meetings, and discussion during the meeting among committee members could override a numeric score.