Excellence in Teaching in Emergency Medicine (Early Career)


This award recognizes excellence in teaching for new faculty in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine.


Any faculty within the Division of Emergency Medicine who has taught learners for five (5) years or less, across the medical continuum including; Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Graduate Studies, Faculty Development and Continuing Education. Teaching may include supervision in the Emergency Department or other settings (such as seminars, workshops, lectures, podcasts etc.). The individual may not have previously received this award. The award will only be given if a suitable candidate is identified.

Co-nominees will be considered if there are two candidates that have worked jointly on an teaching/education endeavour.


The selection committee will consider a “body of work” typically over more than 1 year including one or more of the following criteria to assess the impact of the nominee’s teaching:

  • Documentation of teaching excellence.
  • Commitment; quantity of teaching, accessibility to learners.
  • Evidence of personal commitment to advancing knowledge in the area of teaching and education.
  • Ability to organize material and emphasize principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to stimulate learners; encourages interest in and enthusiasm for subject, displays good rapport with learners, leads learners to think critically, analytically and independently, and to organize their own learning.
  • Effective use of appropriate teaching resources and instructional media.
  • Demonstrated exemplary role modelling.


Nominations can be made by: 

  1. Any faculty within the Division of Emergency Medicine, DFCM (excluding selfnominations)
  2. Any current medical student in the MD Program, University of Toronto
  3. Any current resident in a postgraduate program, University of Toronto

The nominator is responsible for the collection and submission of the award nomination package and informing the nominee of their nomination.

Nominations must include the following:

  1. Completed nomination form.
  2. Three (3) letters of support indicating why this individual is being nominated in the selected category. Letters that are the most helpful address the criteria for the award and present evidence supporting the nominee’s excellence in those criteria.
    1. One of the letters must be from the nominator.
    2. One of the letters must be from a current or former (within the last 3 years) medical learner.
    3. A letter from the nominee’s Chief (as 1 of the 3 letters) is recommended but not required.
    4. Additional letters will not be reviewed by the Selection Committee.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Personal statement from the nominee outlining their contributions and impact in teaching (not to exceed 250 words).

Please submit the completed nomination form and corresponding award application documentation in a single PDF file by March 31st 2021 to: dfcm.awards@utoronto.ca