Awards Program

The SRPC feels it is important to provide recognition to persons or organizations that have made a significant contribution to rural medicine in Canada. All awards are presented at the Awards Ceremony which takes place at our Annual Rural and Remote Medicine Course.

NEW AWARDS in 2020 -  Rural Mentorship Award • Rural Health Champion Award • Rural Community Impact Award


Nominees Must be Members of the SRPC
  with the exception of the Keith Award, Rural Education Award and the Rural Health Champion Award

Deadlines for nominations

January 31st each year for:
Student / Resident Leadership Award, Rural Leadership Award, Rural Specialist Merit Award, Rural Heart Award,
Rural Mentorship Award, Rural Health Champion Award, and Rural Community Impact Award

March 1st each year for:
Rural Service Award, Rural Long Service Award, Fellowship of Rural Remote Medicine of the SRPC
and Lifetime Membership Award

To verify membership status, please contact Jenna

RURAL SERVICE AWARD (RSA)

The Rural Service Award provides recognition for physicians who live and work in rural Canada and who have served rural communities for 10 or more years.  Physicians must have been members of the SRPC for the last 5 consecutive years to receive the RSA.

To Apply : 
1. Be sure your membership profile is up to date (# of years rural).
2. You must be registered for the upcoming R&R event no later than March 1st
3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified.

Congratulations to the 2020 RSA recipients

Dr. Peter Barnes, Botwood, NL

Dr. Bret Batchelor, Revelstoke, BC

Dr. Pamela Frazee, Tofino, BC

Dr. Randall Friesen, Prince Albert, SK

Dr. Joshua Greggain, Hope, BC

Dr. Steven Griffin, Bancroft, ON
Dr. Megan Grigg, Wiarton, ON

Dr. Samantha Harper, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Dr. Timothy Heerema, Hanover, ON

Dr. Scott Kish, Dauphin, MB

Dr. Courtney Rennie, Revelstoke, BC

Dr. Modar Safar, Alliston, ON

Dr. Erich Van der Linde, Lake Newell Resort, AB


VIEW LIST OF PAST RSA RECIPIENTS
 HERE

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 RURAL LONG SERVICE AWARD (RLSA)

The Rural Long Service Award provides recognition for physicians who have lived and worked in rural Canada and who have served rural communities for 20 or more years.  Physicians must have been members of the SRPC for the last 5 consecutive years and previously received the Rural Service Award.

To Apply: 
1. Be sure your membership profile is up to date. (# of years rural)
2.
You must be registered for the upcoming R&R event no later than March 1st
3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified.

Congratulations to the 2020 RLSA RECIPIENTs

Dr. Claudette Chase, Neebing, ON

Dr. Christopher Cressey, Palmerston, ON

Dr J. J. René Lafleche, Hearst, ON

Dr. Michelle Lajzerowicz, Chelsea, QC

Dr. Bruce Mohr, Whistler, BC

Dr. Anjali Oberai, Wawa, ON

Dr. John Reaume, Mount Forest, ON

Dr. Leah Seaman, Kaslo, BC

Dr. Tandi Wilkinson, Nelson, BC

VIEW LIST OF PAST RLSA RECIPIENTS 
HERE

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FELLOWSHIP OF RURAL AND REMOTE MEDICINE OF THE SRPC

The Fellowship of Rural and Remote Medicine of the SRPC (FRRMS) is designed to recognize expertise in the practice of rural medicine in Canada.

The Fellowship award is presented to physicians who are previous recipients of the Rural Service Award and have acquired a minimum of 10 points under the required criteria.  Physicians must have been members of the SRPC for the last 5 consecutive years.
Must be present at the ceremony to receive the FRRMS award.  

Points are accumulated as follows

        • Each year serving as a rural preceptor for students and residents generates one point. 
        • Each SRPC sanctioned event attended generates one point. 
        • Each full year serving on an SRPC committee generates one point. 
        • One point will be given for each skill: GP Surgery, GP Anesthesia, GP Obstetrics.
        • One point will be given to those having published in the CJRM.

To Apply: 
1. Be sure your membership profile is up to date. (# of years rural, # of years as a rural preceptor)
2. You must be registered for the upcoming R&R event no later than March 1st
3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified.

Congratulations to the 2020 FRRMS recipients

    Dr. Stephen Arif, Invermere, BC

    Dr. Vanessa Cardy, Chisasibi, QC

    Dr. Amita Dayal, Port Perry, ON

    Dr. Stacy Desilets, New Liskeard, ON

    Dr. Karen Forgie, Halfmoon Bay, BC

    Dr. Sara Goulet, Winnipeg, MB

    Dr. Michael Kirlew, Sioux Lookout, ON

    Dr J. J. René Lafleche, Hearst, ON

    Dr. H. Susan McArthur, Walkerton, ON

    Dr. Marius Mostert, Fort Nelson, BC

    Dr. Anjali Oberai, Wawa, ON

    Dr. Terry Suggitt, Listowel, ON

    Dr. Todd Young, Springdale, NL

    Dr. Barbara Zelek, Marathon, ON

    VIEW LIST OF PAST FRRMS RECIPIENTS
     
    HERE

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    Lifetime Membership Award 

    The Lifetime Membership Award recognizes individuals who are longstanding members of the SRPC for more than ten consecutive years and have reached the age of 65. When renewing your membership be sure to fill in the 'date of birth' field so we can track your age.

    To Apply:
    1. Be sure your membership and your profile is up to date. (DOB )
    2. You must be registered for the upcoming R&R event no later than March 1st
    3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified.

    Congratulations to the 2020 Lifetime Membership Award recipients

    Dr. Gord Hutchinson, Victoria, BC

    Dr J. J. René Lafleche, Hearst, ON

    Dr. Hassan Lockhat, Stettler, AB

    Dr. Peter Loveridge, Glenwood, NS

    Dr. Michael Wright, Ft St John, BC


    VIEW LIST OF PAST LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP RECIPIENTS 
    HERE

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    KEITH AWARD 

    The Keith Award was the first award established by the SRPC.  It is presented to a Canadian post-graduate program which has excelled in producing rural doctors. It identifies the university with the largest number of graduates practicing in rural Canada for the most recent 10 years after graduation. Family medicine residents are identified through the Canadian Post-MD Education registry and practice location is taken from the Canadian Medical Association database.

    Recipient will automatically be notified. 

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 – Université Laval

    2019 – Université Laval

    2018 – Memorial University

    2017– Memorial University

    2016 – Memorial University

    2015 – Université Laval

    2014 – Queens University

    2013 – Memorial University

    2012 – McMaster University

    2011 – University of Sherbrooke

    2010 – Memorial University

    2009 – Queens University

    2008 – Dalhousie University

    2006 – University of British Columbia

    2005 – McMaster University

    2004 – Université Laval

    2003 – Family Medicine North

    2002 – Memorial University

    2001 – Family Medicine North

    2000 – Memorial University


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    RURAL Medical EDUCATION AWARD

    The Rural Medical Education Award is presented to a Canadian medical school that encourages students to pursue further training in rural medicine. It is awarded to the medical school program matching the most graduates to rural family medicine residency programs based on CaRMS data for the preceding year.

    Recipient will automatically be notified. 

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 – Memorial University

    2019 – Memorial University

    2018 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2017 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2016 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2015 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2014 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2013 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2012 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2011 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2010 – Northern Ontario School of Medicine

    2009 – University of Northern British Columbia

    2008 – Memorial University
    2006 – University of Western Ontario


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    Rural Specialist Merit Award (RSMA)

    The Rural Specialist Merit Award is presented to a specialist who lives and works in rural Canada and has demonstrated a long term commitment serving their community.  They are recognized for providing care for rural patients and supporting rural generalists.  The specialist must be present at a CME sponsored event where the award is being presented.  The specialist must be a member of the SRPC.

    To apply or submit a nomination:
    Nominees Must be Members of the SRPC
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to   jennak@srpc.ca
    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 - Dr. Andrew Kotaska, Yellowknife, NT

    2019 - Dr. Essandoh Dankwa, St Anthony, NL


    Rural Heart Award (RHA)

    The Rural Heart Award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated support and passion for rural medicine, while not currently meeting the residence criteria for the Rural Service Awards or the FRRMS. The physician must be present at a CME sponsored event where the award is being presented.

    The SRPC recognizes that without strong partnerships across the broader health care and educational system we cannot accomplish our goals of training, equipping and supporting physicians and other health care providers for the citizens of rural Canada. Therefore, we wish to acknowledge our partners whom, while not technically rural, have demonstrated that they have a rural heart. 


    To apply or submit a nomination:
    Nominees Must be Members of the SRPC
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to 
    jennak@srpc.ca
    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 - Dr. Ian Whetter, Winnipeg, MB

    2019 - Dr. Kate Miller, Guelph, ON


    Rural Mentorship Award

    NEW AWARD in 2020

    This award is presented to a rural physician that demonstrates outstanding commitment to mentoring and supporting future rural physicians, and/or rural physicians already in practice.  (generalists and specialists are eligible)
    To apply or submit a nomination:
    Nominees Must be Members of the SRPC
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to jennak@srpc.ca
    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 - Dr. Sean Moore, Keewatin, ON


    Rural Health Champion Award

    NEW AWARD in 2020

    This award is a presented to a non-physician who has had a significant impact on rural health care delivery, either through clinical care or system level impact in a community, province, or nationally.

    To apply or submit a nomination:
    Nominee is NOT required to be a member, however the nominator must be an active SRPC member.
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to  jennak@srpc.ca
    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 - Ms. Brenda Fowler, Gabriola Island, BC


    Rural Community Impact Award

    NEW AWARD in 2020

    This award recognizes a physician that has had a significant impact on their community, through clinical services, teaching, research, volunteer work or other community involvement continually advocating for the best health care available. It allows the SRPC to recognize those making a difference for members of the community.

    To apply or submit a nomination:
    Nominees Must be Members of the SRPC
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to  jennak@srpc.ca
    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 - Dr. Onuora Odoh, Houston, BC

    RURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

    The Rural Leadership Award is presented to an individual or an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to rural medicine on a national level in Canada. The recipients are recognized for accomplishments that have impacted rural Canada in a truly significant way.  The individual or organization must be a member of the SRPC and be present at the CME sponsored event where the award is being presented.

    To apply or submit a nomination:
    Nominees Must be Members of the SRPC
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to  jennak@srpc.ca
    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2020 - Dr. Stuart Iglesias, McDougall, ON

    2019 – Dr. Keith MacLellan, Shawville, QC

    2009 – Dr. James Rourke, St John's, NL

    2008 – Dr. John Wootton, Shawville, QC

    2006 – Dr. Carl Whiteside, Vancouver, BC


    Rural Student Leadership and Rural Resident Leadership Awards  

    The Rural Student/Resident Leadership Awards are presented to students and residents in good academic standing who have demonstrated a sustained interest in rural medicine through any of the following:

    • Electives in rural or remote areas or in disciplines particularly important to rural practice (e.g. Indigenous health).
    • Involvement with local or national rural or remote health groups (e.g. SRPC).
    • Promotion of rural or remote health initiatives at a local or national level.
    • Involvement in volunteer or community-based projects in rural or remote areas.
    • Published work relating to rural or remote issues.

    The award is open to all student and resident SRPC members across Canada.

    Note: Students are only eligible to win this award once but can re apply for the award in residency.

    To apply or submit a nomination:
    • Must be a member of the SRPC.
    • Email a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how you or the nominee meet the award criteria and the commitment to rural practice.
    • Include a letter of support from a preceptor or SRPC physician member describing how the nominee meets the award criteria. The preceptor or SRPC physician member may give the letter of support to the student or resident to submit or send it directly to SRPC.
    • Forward application letter to jennak@srpc.ca

    Deadline for nomination is January 31st each year.
    Prizes: $250 each for two student winners and $500 each for two resident winners.  Prize amounts will be credited towards the cost of attending that year's SRPC Rural and Remote Conference. Eligible costs may include registration, travel to and from the conference, as well as accommodations and social events.


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          Student and resident essay award 

          Each year the Nominations and Awards Committee hosts a rural essay contest for medical students and residents. The winner's essay will also be considered for publication in the CJRM. Contest opens September 1st each year.


          Student: 
          Please submit a non-fiction essay with rural elective theme.

          Residents:
           Please submit a non-fiction essay about their rural experience.

          Rules: 

          • Students and Residents must be a member of the SRPC
          • Essay should be between 500-1000 words
          • forward your essay to jennak@srpc.ca
          Deadline for submission is December 31st each year.

          Prize: $500 (students) and $1000 (residents) credited towards the cost of attending that year's Rural and Remote Medicine Course. Eligible costs may include registration, travel to and from the conference, as well as accommodations and social events.

          Print the #SRPC2020 Essay/Poster contest flyer here   



          To read winning essays 
          Click Here

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          About the Nominations & Awards committee

          The committee feels it is vital to recognize persons or organizations that have made a significant contribution for their roles in rural/remote medicine. The committee also develops criteria for new awards that are recommended to the SRPC by its members.

          In 2019 the committee implemented two new awards. The first being the Rural Heart Award (RHA) for and the second is the Rural Specialist Merit Award (RSMA) 

          And in 2020, three additional awards were established to recognize deserving individuals. The added awards are the Rural Mentorship Award, the Rural Health Champion Award and the Rural Community Impact Award. 

          Members that would like to be a part of the Nominations and Awards committee should email the SRPC to indicate interest.


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