Creative Professional Activity Awards for Faculty

Creative Professional Activity Awards celebrate the workfaculty do to improve the field of psychiatry beyond the realms of education and research. Unless otherwise stated, the deadline for nomination or application submission is April 15, 2021.

Donald A. Wasylenki Award for Social Responsibility

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in developing projects that further the agenda of collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and partner countries. Projects must have education and/or research objectives and be clearly aligned with the values and practice of social responsibility. They should involve the active participation of faculty and/or students in both partner countries.

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: Faculty and/or residents

Amount: $1,000

Criteria:

This award recognizes outstanding achievement in developing projects that further the agenda of collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and partner countries. Projects must have education and/or research objectives and be clearly aligned with the values and practice of social responsibility. They should involve the active participation of faculty and/or students in both partner countries.

Nomination process:

Each year, the Vice-Chair, Clinical will issue a call for nominations in the form of a CV and letter which detail the accomplishments of the nominees with respect to the above criteria. This letter may be submitted by the individual or a nominator who can speak to the impact of the nominee’s accomplishments.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

 

Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity in the Department of Psychiatry

To acknowledge that creative professional activity complements teaching and research, and is valued by the department and the faculty because of its contribution to knowledge transfer, exemplary clinical practice and innovative healthcare delivery.

Type: Departmental

Eligible recipients: Faculty.

Amount: $500

Criteria:

Nominees will have demonstrated sustained excellence in one or more of the following domains:

  • Demonstrating creativity and accomplishment in a leadership role within the department, the healthcare system or a related professional organization
  • Developing and implementing innovative models of clinical programming or service delivery
  • Contributing significantly to system reform, through consultation activities, membership on task forces, development of position papers or participation in policy development
  • Expanding the understanding of mental health issues using the humanities, arts, communication media or other creative vehicles

Nomination process:

Each year, the Vice-Chair, Clinical Services will issue a call for nominations in the form of a C.V. and letter which detail the accomplishments of the nominees with respect to the above criteria.  The letter should come from an individual who can speak to the impact of these accomplishments.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Mary Seeman Award for Achievement in the Area of Psychiatry and Humanities

To honour Mary V. Seeman, the earned income will be awarded annually or biannually to a resident in the Department of Psychiatry for achievement in the area of Psychiatry and the Humanities. 

Type: Philanthropic

Eligible recipients: Faculty

Amount: $500

Criteria:

Please note only one submission per applicant will be accepted. The following guidelines are suggested to assist applicants:

  • Contributions to scholarship in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, a critical review of the literature, an essay on a topic bridging the Humanities and Psychiatry or material relating to the History of Psychiatry.
  • Evidence of creative activity in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, art or literature.
  • A demonstration of the capacity to integrate interest in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, through the development of a program or a paper.

Nomination process:

If applicants are uncertain about the suitability of a submission, they are encouraged to contact any of the committee members. Submissions will be judged by the committee, with outside consultation where appropriate. 

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.

Mary Seeman Award for Clinical Excellence

To acknowledge that clinical excellence is valued by the Department of Psychiatry and recognize the contribution of high quality healthcare, including the importance of the patient experience, patient outcomes, and health equity to the academic mission. The award is open to any faculty member who has contributed to departmental activities for a minimum of ten years.

Type: Departmental

Eligible recipients: The award is open to any faculty member who has contributed to departmental activities for a minimum of ten years.

Amount: $500

Criteria:

Nominees will have demonstrated sustained clinical excellence demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Progressive/sustained clinical leadership positions contributing to a sustainable healthcare system
  • Sustained commitment to advancing healthcare quality and impactful engagement in quality improvement efforts
  • Sustained mentorship of other faculty and/or inter-professional teams and recognized expertise in clinical care, health planning, or health administration

Nomination process:

Each year, the Division of Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems will issue a call for nominations in the form of a C.V. and letter which detail the accomplishments of the nominees with respect to the above criteria. The letter should come from an individual who can speak to the impact of these accomplishments with concrete examples of quality initiatives, improved access to care or improved patient outcomes.

Nominations may be submitted to the psych.awards@utoronto.ca email.