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Faculty Awards

The Faculty Affairs Portfolio strives to support faculty to contribute to academic endeavours in a variety of ways that enhance their careers and result in achieving the goal of “innovative education and research for a healthier North. In achieving this goal, NOSM’s Faculty Affairs Portfolio will annually award Faculty Awards of Excellence and Scholarship to individuals with faculty appointments within the Clinical, Medical and Human Sciences Divisions. The purpose of these awards is to foster excellent faculty relations and to recognize the unique contributions of faculty members.

*Note: Four (4) of the awards may be given to members of the Clinical Sciences Division, one (1) of the awards may be given to a member of the Medical or Human Sciences Division, and two (2) of the awards may be given to members of the Clinical, Human, or Medical Sciences Divisions.

Clinical Scholar Award

The Clinical Scholar Award recognizes members of the Clinical Sciences Division for their research, presentation of papers, production of posters, invitations to speak at professional meetings/other institutions, administrative work (including work performed outside the school), and mentorship of faculty in the aforementioned areas.

Clinical Scholar attributes include (but are not limited to):

  • Member of the Clinical Sciences Division.
  • Excellence in research and administrative functions.
  • Demonstrated mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Engagement in cross-divisional collaboration.
  • Successful grant applications.
  • Active engagement in research and a strong publishing track record.
  • Excellent teaching skills, as evidenced by formal evaluations.

Nomination Form

Medical Educator Award

The Medical Educator Award recognizes members of the Clinical, Medical or Human Sciences Divisions for their outstanding contributions to medical education research, and/or curriculum development.

Medical Educator attributes include (but are not limited to):

  • Member of the Clinical, Medical or Human Sciences Divisions.
  • Positive role model.
  • Provision of constructive feedback.
  • Encouragement of self-learning.
  • Creation of a stimulating learning environment.
  • Promotion of teamwork.
  • Demonstration of mentorship in medical education research.

Nomination Form

Clinical Teacher Award

The Clinical Teacher Award recognizes members of the Clinical Sciences Division for excellence in clinical teaching/supervision skills.

Clinical Teacher attributes model high-quality, respectful patient care consistent with the CanMEDS Framework including:

  • Member of Clinical Sciences Division.
  • Medical Expert.
  • Health Advocate.
  • Excellent teaching skills, as evidenced by formal evaluations.

Nomination Form

Academic Leader Award

The Academic Leader Award recognizes individuals within the Clinical, Medical or Human Sciences Divisions with demonstrated leadership skills in NOSM administrative roles such as Program Directors, Theme Course Chairs, Phase Module Coordinators, Academic Directors, Medical Directors, as well as other administrative positions outside the school.

Academic Leader attributes include but are not limited to:

  • Member of the Clinical, Medical or Human Sciences Divisions.
  • Shares, promotes, and models the NOSM Vision, Goals, and Strategies.
  • Demonstrates mentorship of faculty.
  • Commitment to research and teaching.
  • Fair, effective, and collaborative leadership style.
  • Trusted and respected by peers.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to NOSM’s social accountability mandate.

Nomination Form

Scholar Award

The Scholar Award recognizes individuals within the Medical or Human Sciences Divisions for their teaching, research, and administrative contributions to NOSM.  Presentations or papers, production of posters, invitations to speak at professional meetings/other institutions, administrative work (including work performed outside the school), and mentorship of faculty in the aforementioned areas will be considered.

Scholar attributes include (but are not limited to):

  • Member of the Medical or Human Sciences Divisions.
  • Respected academic with excellent communication and teaching skills.
  • Excellent teacher, as evidenced by formal evaluations.
  • Use of scientific methods and discovery of new knowledge through creative research.
  • Engagement in cross-divisional collaboration.
  • Successful grant applications.
  • Active engagement in research with a strong publishing track record.
  • Excellence in, and commitment to, research.
  • Engaged administrator and/or academic leader.
  • Demonstrates mentoring of faculty.

Nomination Form

Community Champion Award

The Community Champion Award will recognize a Clinical Sciences faculty member who has had a significant impact on their community through clinical services, teaching, research, volunteer work, or other community involvement continually advocating accessibility for the best health care available.

Community Champion attributes include:

  • NOSM Clinical Sciences faculty member.
  • Demonstrated excellence in community teaching in northern Ontario for 10+ years.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to NOSM’s social accountability mandate.
  • Demonstrates strong advocacy for high quality accessible health care in Northern Ontario or for a particular community in Northern Ontario.
  • Provides mentorship to and collaborates effectively with peers and other health care providers.
  • Involved in NOSM education programs (teaching, administration, or leadership role).

Nomination Form

Faculty Mentorship Award

The Faculty Mentorship Award will recognize the exemplary commitment by a clinical faculty member in the mentorship of another faculty member(s).  Note: supervising or coaching faculty as part of the nominee’s role or mentoring students is not part of this award.

Faculty Mentorship attributes include:

  • NOSM Clinical Sciences faculty member for a minimum of five years.
  • Have contributed to the success of our faculty and the school through faculty mentorship.
  • Act as an advocate for the faculty mentee(s).
  • Be a sponsor for the faculty mentee(s) (e.g., create networking opportunities).
  • Demonstrate a commitment and dedication to the faculty mentee(s) (e.g., ability to offer constructive criticism and feedback).
  • Have had a positive impact on the faculty mentees (e.g., professional development).
  • Has demonstrated compassion, empathy, and enthusiasm.
  • Has the ability to communicate and share information and personal experiences.
  • Has the ability to serve as an exemplary role model (e.g., high moral and ethical standards).
  • Has sustained and consistent mentoring of faculty mentee(s) (e.g., length of time as a mentor and the number of mentees).

Nomination Form

Learner Nominated Teacher Award

The Teacher: Learner-Nominated Teacher Award recognizes members of the Clinical, Medical, or Human Sciences Divisions for excellence in either academic teaching, or clinical teaching/supervision.

The attributes for this award include, but are not limited to, exemplary demonstration of the following CanMEDS roles:

  • Medical Expert.
  • Health Advocate.
  • Creation of a stimulating learning environment.
  • Encouragement of self-learning.
  • Provision of constructive feedback.
  • Positive role model.

Nomination Form

For further information, please read the NOSM Awards of Excellence and Scholarship Information Package 2021.

To submit your Nomination Form, or if you have further questions, please email:

Ms. Anita Arella, Director of Faculty Affairs at aarella@nosm.ca, and/or Ms. Amanda Mihalus, Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at amihalus@nosm.ca.