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Learner Award Categories

Learner Awards

NOSM U’s Faculty Affairs, Learner Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education, Postgraduate Medical Education, and Health Sciences Portfolios collaborate to acknowledge teaching excellence among NOSM U Learners as a life-long journey.

Note: nominators and nominees must be registered NOSM undergraduate medical students, postgraduate residents, fellows, master’s students, or other allied health learners in good academic standing for all CanMEDS roles.

Learner Peer Teaching Award

The Learner Peer Teaching Award recognizes learners at all levels who strive to improve the teaching, learning, and educational environments for other NOSM U learners.

Learner Peer Teaching Award recipients will demonstrate a commitment to the CanMEDS roles:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Manager
  • Health Advocate
  • Scholar
  • Professional
  • Positive role model
  • Provision of constructive feedback
  • Encouragement & Enthusiasm

Nomination Form

Learner Scholarly Activity Award

The Learner Scholarly Activity Award recognizes learners for their teaching, research, and administrative contributions to NOSM U. Presentation of papers, production of posters, invitations to speak at professional meetings/other institutions, administrative work (including work performed outside the School) and mentorship in the aforementioned areas will be considered.

Scholar attributes include but are not limited to:

  • Respected scholar 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.
  • Demonstrated mentoring of learners.

Nomination Form

Learner Advocate/Leader Award

This award recognizes learners for their achievements in advocacy1 and or leadership particularly with respect to improving education programs.

This award would recognize learners (residents or students) who have acted as strong advocates in any of the following contexts:

  • Participating in or leading a process to improve an education program or the health of a community or population they serve.
  • Working with a community or population to identify and address the determinants of health that affect them.
  • Supporting a cause to improve social determinants of health, health care or education.
  • When one pleads on another’s behalf; intercedes as necessary.
  • When one speaks, acts, writes with minimal conflict of interest on behalf of others.
  • When one promotes or protects and defends by: Being on one’s side. Being concerned with someone’s fundamental needs. When one remains loyal and accountable in a way which is empathetic and vigorous. Promotes resident issues. Respects learners’ rights.

1 Advocacy Definition: When one argues for a cause; supports or defends a cause. When one pleads on another’s behalf; intercedes as necessary. When one speaks, acts, writes with minimal conflict of interest on behalf of others. 

Nomination Form

For further information, please read the NOSM U Awards of Excellence and Scholarship Information Package 2022-23.

If you have further questions, please email:

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