Education Awards

The Department of Psychiatry recognizes the achievements of our residents, fellows, graduate students and faculty members with a number of departmental awards. The awards are presented at the annual Department Dinner. Award winners are selected by designated adjudicators & selection committees. The terms of eligibility for each award are described in the award description.

Click here to view the 2017-2018 award winners!

 

Abraham Miller Undergraduate Teaching Award

The Abraham Miller Award is a significant departmental award presented annually at the Departmental Dinner to an outstanding educator/teacher in the realm of undergraduate education.  Excellence may be in the areas of teaching, educational administration or development of curriculum or evaluation methodology.

Purpose

To recognize and reward outstanding faculty contributions to Undergraduate Medical Education.

Award Criteria

Although teaching performance is the main criteria for this award, the Awards Committee will consider overall contributions, and particularly innovations in Undergraduate Education in Psychiatry.

Selection process

The Awards Committee will review all submissions. Quantitative TES data will be reviewed and compared along with any qualitative evaluations provided in the nomination package.

Award 

Certificate and $500

Nomination Process

Nominations for the Abraham Miller Award are to be made by the Psychiatrists-in-Chief or the Program Heads.  Please consider nominating a teacher from your site who has excelled in Undergraduate Education over the past academic year.

Nominations must include:

  1. A letter summarizing your reasons for putting forward the nominee.
  2. A letter of support from the Undergraduate Coordinator at the nominee’s site (if the nominee is not the Undergraduate Coordinator).

Nominations are strengthened by the inclusion of:

  1. Submission of the teaching dossier of the nominee.
  2. Letters from undergraduate students taught by the nominee or colleagues who teach with the nominee.

Award Committee

 Dr. Raed Hawa

Award for Resident Teaching in Undergraduate Education

Every year there are residents who make outstanding contributions to teaching undergraduate medical students.  In order to fittingly recognize and encourage these contributions, the Resident Teaching Award is presented at the annual Departmental Dinner to the nominee deemed most worthy by our Undergraduate Awards Committee.

Purpose

To recognize and reward outstanding contributions to Undergraduate Medical Education by a resident.

Award Criteria

Although teaching performance is the main criteria for this award, the Awards Committee will consider overall contributions, and particularly innovations in Undergraduate Education in Psychiatry.

Selection process

The Awards Committee will review all submissions. Quantitative TES data will be reviewed and compared along with any qualitative evaluations provided in the nomination package.

Award

Certificate and $200

Nomination Process

Undergraduate Education Coordinators at each site should submit at least one nomination.

Residents who would like to suggest a name to their local Undergraduate Education coordinator are encouraged to do so.

Nominations  MUST include:

Letter of support from resident’s base hospital Undergraduate Site Coordinator.

Any of the following would be useful to support the nomination.  It is not expected that a resident submit material in all of the following categories:

  1. A list of teaching activities in the 2017-18 academic year
  2. Any teaching evaluations (TES) on record
  3. Outlines or material from seminars, lectures or courses they have designed
  4. Educational writings, research or publications
  5. A letter of support from a peer
  6. Letters of support from students

Materials should be collected and submitted by the Undergraduate Site Directors.  

Award Committee

Dr. Raed Hawa

Best Accomplishment by a Fellow Award

Awarded to the Fellow with the most significant contribution based on submitted annual reports. Two award winners may be selected at the Director’s discretion for clinical and research fellowships, respectively.

Purpose

The purpose of the award is to recognize Fellows’ research, education and professional development achievements and accomplishments over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year.

Award Criteria

Fellows must be registered as a research or clinical fellow with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, during the 2017-2018 academic year. Fellows are to be in good standing in the Department of Psychiatry.

Selection process

The annual reports are reviewed for contributions to:

  1. Research
  2. Education
  3. Creative professional development

Award

The recipient of the award receives $500, presented at the annual Departmental Dinner.

Nomination Process

Fellows are to submit their annual report and CVs by email to the Fellowship Office. The Fellowship Coordinator compiles and shares the complete set of reports with the award selection committee for review.

Award Committee

The award committee consists of members of the Fellowship Advisory Committee.

Best Case Report Psychotherapy Award for Senior Residents & Fellows

Guidelines for the Clinical Case Report

Deadline for submission: April 9, 2018

  1. Please note that all Senior Residents (PGYIVs or Vs) are invited to apply for the Best Case Report Psychotherapy Award. The clinical case report can be of a case treated in any psychotherapeutic modality including: long-term or brief dynamic psychotherapy; cognitive-behavioural therapy; interpersonal therapy; integrative psychotherapy; dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, couple or family therapy; or, a patient treated in group psychotherapy.
  2. The clinical case report should contain a detailed initial history, assessment, diagnostic formulation, and a psychotherapeutic formulation relevant to the modality utilized and the central constructs of that specific modality. It should also review the course of therapy through elaboration of process and content of sessions that reflects the applied psychotherapeutic principles. Length: 10-15 typed, double-spaced pages. Please list references, with complete citations listed alphabetically at the end of the report. Psychotherapy supervisors can provide mentorship on the preparation of the clinical case report.
  3. The Best Case Report by a Senior Resident Psychotherapy Award will be awarded at Harvey Stancer Research Day, 2018 and consists of a certificate and cash award of $200. A subcommittee composed of members of the Psychotherapy Committee will evaluate submissions for this award on the (1) basis of its adherence to the guidelines for the clinical case report; (2) depth of therapeutic understanding and technique; (3) description of and reference to relevant clinical theory or research literature; (4) expressive clarity and the capacity to describe the clinical process with attention to clinical, applied theoretical and research concepts; with, (5) sensitivity of the therapist to the contributions of the patient and the therapist in therapy.

Please submit reports to Liz Konigshaus: liz.konigshaus@sinaihealthsystem.ca

Questions can be addressed to Jan Malat (jan.malat@camh.ca) or Paula Ravitz (paula.ravitz@sinaihealthsystem.ca)

Child and Youth Mental Health Community Experience Award

Description and History of Award

This award was originally established as the Best Paper in Community Consultation, at which time residents were required to submit a paper centered on a community consultation experience. This revised award honours the community consultation experience; however, the criteria have changed.

Eligibility

The award is open to all residents and fellows at the University of Toronto within the Department of Psychiatry who have participated in a child and youth mental health community setting during that academic year.

Criteria

All submissions must include:

  1. An essay (maximum 3 pages) written by the resident outlining their community clinical experience. 
  2. At least one letter of support from a supervisor.

A community clinical experience includes services provided in the community to remote health care settings, schools, community health teams and other agencies beyond the resident’s assigned training site.

The essay should include a description of one or more experiences, the importance and impact of this community experience on the resident’s education and understanding of issues related to child and youth mental health. 

The supportive letter(s) should reflect on the resident’s performance, contributions and/or competencies and professional growth achieved during this community experience.

Type of Award

This award is sponsored by the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health. The winner will receive a certificate as well as a $500 prize.

Submission process

A call for submissions will be made by a member of the Awards Selection and Review Committee to all residents in writing via email. Submissions must be received by email no later than April 9, 2018. Letters from the resident and agency representative should be submitted separately; residents are responsible for both letters to be submitted on time.

Selection process

A member of the Awards Selection Committee will assemble at least 3 faculty members to review the submissions.  Each reviewer will evaluate the submissions separately based on the following measures:

  1. Time devoted by the resident to the community clinical experience
  2. Essay quality based on a standardized grading rubric
  3. Letter from community agency representative

A meeting will be called to review the submissions and evaluations. The award winner will be selected based on discussion and consensus of the reviewers.

Announcement/presentation process

The award will be presented at both the Departmental Dinner and the Divisional Retreat. The latter presentation will include the list of nominees and with permission, a reading of a section of the essay.

Contact info for questions

Dr. Andrew Howlett (ahowlett@stjoestoronto.ca)

Recruitment, Awards and Social Subcommittee

Previous Award Recipients (Best Paper in Community Consultation):

2016:     Dr. Marijana Jovanovic

2012:     Dr. Angela Ho

Division of Geriatric Psychiatry Resident Award

The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry is calling for nominations for their annual resident award. This award will be announced at the annual Department Dinner.

PGY 3 Residents who have completed their geriatric rotation in the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible.

Nominations can be made by forwarding a letter to Dr. Carole Cohen c/o Thuvaa Varatharajan (Thuvaa.varatharajan@sunnybrook.ca) by April 26, 2018.

Nomination letters should outline the resident’s achievements and contributions in areas of innovative research, scholarship, teaching, advocacy or other initiatives related to the field of geriatric psychiatry.

Donald A. Wasylenki Award for Social Responsibility

The Donald A. Wasylenki Award was established in 2010 by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto to honor Don Wasylenki’s leadership as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 2000-2010. This award reflects Don Wasylenki’s commitment to advancing international partnerships in mental health.

Eligibility:

The award is open to any faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

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.

Award:

The award consists of $1,000 and a certificate.

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.

Award Committee:

The Department Executive Committee will review the nominations and select one individual annually to receive the award. The award will be announced at the Annual Department of Psychiatry Dinner.

Nominations are invited for eligible faculty members, fellows or resident for the Donald A. Wasylenki Award. Please review the nomination process and forward nominations to Alyson Musial, Communications Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto via email at alyson.musial@utoronto.ca by April 9, 2018.

Donald Wasylenki Award for Best Sociocultural Psychiatry Grand Rounds

The Equity, Gender, and Populations Divisional award, the Donald Wasylenki Award for Best Sociocultural Psychiatry Grand Rounds, is awarded to the best Grand Rounds given by a resident on sociocultural dimensions in psychiatry. A certificate of recognition and $500 will be awarded to recognize each of these important achievements. The winner will be recognized at the Annual Departmental Dinner. 

Description 

This will be awarded to the best Grand Rounds given by a resident on sociocultural dimensions in psychiatry, which may cover broadly CanMEDS roles in addition to the traditional medical expert's role.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Topic relevant to sociocultural dimensions of mental health and psychiatry; it may be clinically oriented or addresses broader organizational or systemic issues
  2. Promotes the values of diversity and equity
  3. Reflects critical thinking
  4. Incorporates recent empirical or conceptual advances in the field of cultural psychiatry and/or related fields, including medical anthropology, philosophy, cross-cultural psychology, history, spirituality and religious studies, etc.
  5. Effective presentation (use of clinical case materials, A/V or media, simple non-busy slides, interactivity, etc.)

Submission and Evaluation process:

Each hospital site Grand Rounds coordinator or resident can submit nominations, forwarding:

  1. A copy of the Grand Rounds Power-point slides (or written description if no Power-point was used)
  2. Feedback/evaluations received from the Grand Rounds
  3. Indicate permission for the nominated Grand Rounds slides to be posted on departmental websites (All confidential case material will be removed prior to posting.)

Optional (bonus points):

Include any supplementary information such as descriptive write-up of any interactive methods not captured by the slides and recommendation letters.

Please submit all materials electronically to Alyson Musial (alyson.musial@utoronto.ca) by 5:00 p.m on April 9, 2018. For file sizes that exceed email size restrictions, please contact Alyson Musial for alternative uploading instructions.

Dr. AllanKaplan Graduate Award

To be awarded to a full time Canadian graduate student that is enrolled in the Clinician Scientist Program in the Department of Psychiatry on the basis of academic merit.

Preference will be given to a student who is also enrolled in the Institute for Medical Science.

Dr. Harvey Moldofsky Postgraduate Travel Fellowship Award

The Dr. Harvey Moldofsky Postgraduate Travel Fellowship Award will be given to a resident in the Department of Psychiatry with preference given to those who have undergone graduate studies or are enrolled in a graduate program. The fellowship supports international travel for the study of brain function and behaviour in psychiatric or medical illness.

Dr. Max Alexandroff Award

Awarded to a current medical resident who is also pursuing a graduate degree (ie MSc, MEd, PhD).  Preference will be given to a medical resident pursuing a PhD in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry who has an interest in research activity in this field.  The award encourages the presentation of research findings either nationally or internationally.

Applicants must submit a nomination from their supervisor, as well as their CV.

Please send submissions to alyson.musial@utoronto.ca

Fred Lowy Award in Psychosomatic Medicine, Resident or Fellow: Greatest Contribution to Research in Psychosomatic Medicine by a Resident or Fellow

Awarded to the resident or fellow in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry who has made the greatest contribution to research in psychosomatic medicine.  Research accomplishments are judged by scholarly contributions including peer-reviewed publications, grants and scientific presentations.  All elective residents and fellows in the Division of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry are invited to apply.

Applicants must submit a nomination from the supervisor, as well as their CV.

Please send submissions to alyson.musial@utoronto.ca

Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity

The Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity was established by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, to honour the memory of a distinguished physician-leader and medical administrator whose career exemplified the importance of creative professional activity to the academic enterprise.

Purpose:

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.

Eligibility:

The award is open to any faculty member who has contributed to departmental activities for a minimum of five years.

Criteria:

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

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

Award:

The award consists of $500.00 and a certificate.

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.

Award Committee:

An Award Committee will review the nominations and select one individual annually to receive the award. The Award Committee will consist of:

  1. The Vice-Chair, Clinical
  2. The Physician-in-Chief, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  3. One hospital chief
  4. One non-faculty member from the broader mental health community

Nominations are invited for eligible faculty members for the Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity.

Please review the nomination process and forward nominations to Alyson Musial, Communications & Administrative Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto by email to alyson.musial@utoronto.ca by April 9, 2018.

Ivan L. Silver Award for Excellence in Continuing Mental Health Education

Purpose

This award recognizes an individual or group in the Department of Psychiatry for innovation and excellence in continuing professional and practice development (CPPD), specifically improving mental health care and outcomes in our academic and broader healthcare communities. The award focuses on innovative education programming demonstrating distinction in one or several of the following: the design, educational format, instructional delivery, assessment of outcome and/or performance and quality improvement.

Award

A certificate and $500 are awarded.

Award Criteria

The CPD activity occurred between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018

If the CPD activity is a formal education event (conference, course and/or workshop) it must be approved by the Faculty of Medicine, CPD Office, or by a suitable external academic sponsor if done outside Canada.

The letter of nomination should describe the CPD activity, outlining the needs assessment, learning objectives, educational design and methodology and evaluation (outcomes). If the activity includes a specific performance or quality improvement focus, this should also be described in the nomination letter. Please include any relevant documentation of the above criteria (evaluations, impact on outcomes, performance measures, quality improvement focus)

A letter of nomination must be submitted electronically by the lead for the CPD program being nominated and should be accompanied by a letter of support from one of the following: Division head   or Hospital Psychiatrist-in-chief

Selection Process

To assist in making nominations, individuals can contact Dr. Sockalingam to clarify the award criteria. An Award Score Sheet is attached here to allow individuals to understand the scoring process.

Evaluation of the nominees will include use of CPD development best practices, creativity of the educational design, and impact on learners and their patients

Nomination Submission Deadline: Friday, April 9th, 2018

Items not in electronic format should be scanned and emailed.

Additional Information Contact:
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, Director of Continuing Professional Practice Development
Phone: 416-340-3762
Email: sanjeev.sockalingam@uhn.ca

Checklist for the Award Application:

☐ Nomination Letter from CPD/QI Program Lead

☐ Nomination Letter from Psychiatrist-in-Chief OR Division Head

☐ Evaluations from CPD/QI Program

☐ Data on Learner or Patient Outcomes*

☐ Sample of Education Innovation (websites, apps, online modules, etc)*

☐ Quality Improvement Tools/Resources Used in Education Activity*

 *View the following file to learn more and access the scoring sheet: 

Liz Gillespie Award for Best Academic Paper in Child and Youth Mental Health

Description and History of Award

This award was established in 1979 in memory of Liz Gillespie to recognize scholarly work of residents in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry who submit an academic paper for review.

Eligibility and Criteria

The award is open to all residents and fellows at the University of Toronto within the Department of Psychiatry. Residents must be one of the primary authors of the academic paper submitted. Resident co-authors may be awarded and share the prize equally. The academic paper does not have to be peer reviewed and published at the time of submission. The paper must be relevant to the area of child and youth mental health.

Type of Award

This award is sponsored by the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health. The winner will receive a certificate as well as a $500 prize.

Submission process

A call for submissions will be made by a member of the Recruitment, Awards and Social Subcommittee to all residents in writing via email. Residents will be required to submit, via email, a brief cover letter stating their role in the project /manuscript as well as the relevance of the paper to child and youth mental health no later than April 9th 2018.

Selection process

A member of the Recruitment, Awards and Social Subcommittee will assemble at least 3 faculty members to review the submissions. Each reviewer will evaluate the submissions separately using a standardized academic paper grading rubric. A meeting will be called to discuss the submissions and the grades assigned by the reviewers.  The award winner will be selected based on discussion and consensus of the reviewers taking into account the grades that they assigned separately.  

Announcement/presentation process

The award will be presented at both the Departmental Dinner and the Divisional Retreat. The latter presentation will include the list of nominees and the abstract of the paper selected.

Contact information for questions

Dr. Andrew Howlett (ahowlett@stjoestoronto.ca)

Recruitment, Awards and Social Subcommittee

Previous Award Recipients:

2016:     Dr. Tanya Hauck            

2015:     Dr. Danielle Baribeau

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

This award is intended to encourage creative and scholarly activity in the area of Psychiatry and the Humanities. The award is open to medical students, residents, fellows, and graduates of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto within three years after completion of their training, as well as staff who have graduated from other programs and are within two years of completing their training. Criteria for the award include documented evidence of completed work or work in progress of artistic and/or scholarly merit which makes a contribution towards enhancing the appreciation of the human condition. Submissions will be judged on the basis or originality, creativity and relevance to psychiatry.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Evidence of creative activity in the area of Humanities and Psychiatry; for example, art or literature.
  3. 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.

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. Deadline for submissions is April 9, 2018.

The award consists of a certificate and a cheque for $500.00.

Committee members include:

Dr. Ron Ruskin (Chair) Mount Sinai Hospital 416‐928‐0675
Dr. Rex Kay Mount Sinai Hospital 416‐966‐5285
Dr. Mary Seeman Centre for Addiction & Mental Health 416‐535‐8501 X4671
Dr. Paul Westlind Mount Sinai Hospital 416‐586‐4800 x8540

Applications should be addressed to:

Dr. Ron Ruskin
Department of Psychiatry
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue, Toronto, M5G 1X5
(ronaldruskinmd@aol.com)

Mary Seeman Award for Clinical Excellence in the Department of Psychiatry

The Mary Seeman Recognition Award for Clinical Excellence was established by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, to honor a distinguished clinician, advocate and scholar whose career exemplifies the importance of clinical excellence to the academic mission.

Purpose:

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.

Eligibility:

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

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

Award:

The award consists of $500.00 and a certificate.

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. Applications should be forwarded to Annette Gaul at agaul@hrh.ca 

Deadline:

April 9, 2018

Award Committee:

Thee APHS Division Steering Committee will review the nominations and select one individual annually to receive the award.

Paul E. Garfinkel Award for Excellence in Supervision

Fellows are invited to nominate their supervisors by participating in a vote. Supervisors are nominated for their dedication to support professional and personal development as a clinician and/or researcher, by encouraging collaboration and engagement with other scholars and/or the community, and by acting as a role model and mentor.

Purpose

Paul E. Garfinkel Award for excellence in supervision is important to faculty supervisors for their dossiers and academic promotion.

Award Criteria

Supervisors must be faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. The Fellowship Program Director and Fellowship Site Coordinators are not eligible for nomination to this award.

Selection process

The selection process adheres to principles of fairness, participation and information disclosure. Fellows vote to nominate their supervisor based on the following criteria:

  1. Support – supervisor’s availability
  2. Collaboration – the degree to which the supervisor encourages/supports attendance at conferences and/or manuscript presentation/submission
  3. Professionalism/role modeling

Award

The recipient of the award receives $500, presented at the annual Departmental Dinner.

Nomination Process

Fellows are provided with a list of all supervisors, with the exception of Fellowship Program Director and all Fellowship Site Coordinators. Fellows are asked to vote in order to nominate their supervisor.

Award Committee

The award committee consists of the fellow representatives of the Fellowship Advisory Committee. The fellow representatives will review and determine the award recipient.

Paul Steinhauer Award for Best Postgraduate Teacher in Child and Youth Mental Health

Description and History of Award

This award was established to encourage supervisors/teachers to improve their supervisory/teaching abilities and to recognize excellence in teaching at a postgraduate level. It is named after the award’s first recipient, Dr. Paul Steinhauer in 1993.

Dr. Paul Steinhauer completed both medical school and his psychiatry residency at the University of Toronto in 1960. He then completed a child psychiatry fellowship at the Wilder Child Guidance Clinic in St. Paul, Minnesota, after which he returned to work at the Hospital for Sick Children beginning in 1962.  He was the Director of Training in Child Psychiatry at University of Toronto from 1972-1990 and transformed it into one of the most comprehensive training programs in North America. 

Dr. Steinhauer was a teacher, supervisor, and mentor to many current leaders in Child Psychiatry. He participated in public forums in all areas relating to children; he published over 60 articles, 28 book chapters and 9 books including the first textbook on child psychiatry in Canada.  He was a passionate advocate for child development and children’s mental health, working extensively with Children’s Aid Societies and foster parents to improve the care in the child welfare system.

Dr. Steinhauer died at the age of 67 in 2000 at which time CBC news referred to him as a man who did more than anyone else for children in this country.

An interview with Dr. Steinhauer can be found here: http://podbay.fm/show/205734182/e/1328035920

Eligibility

The award is open to any mental health professional who has an academic appointment at the University of Toronto and is involved in a supervisory or teaching capacity with one or more core or subspecialty Child and Adolescent psychiatry resident(s). An individual cannot be nominated for the award within 10-years of having received it.

Being chosen for this Divisional award will not exclude a teacher from being nominated for the Departmental (Robin Hunter) Award for the best postgraduate teacher.  Thus, a resident could nominate the same person for both, and should contact the Psychiatry Residency Association of Toronto (P.R.A.T) executive if they wish to support a teacher for the Departmental award as well as this one.  Similarly, faculty in the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health are also eligible for other Departmental teaching awards.

Criteria

The candidate must meet many, though not necessarily all of the following criteria:

  1. Stimulates resident interest in child and youth mental health by an attitude of enthusiasm and a demonstration of comprehensive knowledge and skill in the field.
  2. Demonstrates an ability to appropriately respond to the resident’s level of training.
  3. Instructs resident(s) by applying theoretical constructs to clinical issues, bringing more clarity to the practice of child and youth mental health.
  4. Helps resident(s) understand the relevance and value of child and youth mental health for the practice of general psychiatry.
  5. Promotes critical thinking and clinical excellence in patient care.
  6. Has made formal effort to improve educational skills (e.g. has taken special courses in education.)
  7. Uses innovative teaching methods.
  8. Is available and reliable.

Type of Award

This award is sponsored by the PRAT and includes a framed certificate as well as the winner’s name inscribed on the award plaque hosted at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Nomination process

Residents are asked to submit a letter of nomination to the Senior Chief Resident(s) in Child and Youth Mental Health. More than one resident may sign a letter; however, multiple letters are accepted.

Submission process

A call for nominations to residents will be made by the Senior Child and Adolescent Youth Mental Health Chief Resident(s) in writing via email. Residents must submit their nomination letters to the Senior Chief Resident(s) no later than Friday, April 9, 2018.

Selection process

The Senior Chief Resident(s) will collect the nomination letters and communicate the nominees to all residents who completed a Child and Youth Mental Health rotation (core, subspecialty, or elective) that academic year. The Chief Resident(s) will then call a meeting of all of these residents to review the nomination letters (with or without the author being identified) and discuss the nominees. To avoid penalizing teachers in smaller settings, the final decision on the award winner will not be based on a simple numerical tally of which faculty member received “most letters.”  Instead, the group will reach consensus on the award winner based on the quality and strength of the letters, and the degree to which the teacher meets the selection criteria. 

Announcement/presentation process

The award will be presented at both the Departmental Dinner and the Divisional Retreat. The latter presentation will include the list of nominees and excerpts from the letter(s) written in support of the award winner.

Contact info for questions

Dr. Andrew Howlett (ahowlett@stjoestoronto.ca)

Recruitment, Social and Awards Committee

Previous Award Recipients:

2016:     Dr. Taylor Armstrong

2015:     Dr. Marcia Zemans

2014:     Dr. Johanne Roberge

2013:     Dr. Ahmed Boachie

2012:     Dr. Nicola Keyhan

2011:     Dr. Nhagi Ghabbour

2010:     Dr. John Teshima

2009:     Dr. John Langley

2008:     Dr. Marianne Gocker / Dr. Solomon Shapiro

2007:     Dr. Sylvia Kemeoff / Dr. Bob Stein

 2006:     Dr. Daniel Gorman

2005:     Dr. Pier Bryden

2004:     Dr. Susan Bradley

2003:     Mr. Richard Sugarman

2002:     Dr. Mark Hanson

2001:     Dr. Rose Geist

2000:     Ms. Donna Scapilatto

1999:     Dr. Susan Dundas / Dr. Arlette Lefebvre

1998:     Dr. Susan Bradley

1997:     Dr. Roy Muir / Dr. Joseph Beitchman

1996:     Dr. Mariam Vania

1995:     Mr. Ron Myers

1994:     Dr. Marshall Korenblum / Dr. Russell Westkirk

1993:     Dr. Paul Steinhauer

Psychotherapy Award for Excellence in Supervision

Nominations are requested for the Psychotherapy Award for Excellence in Supervision. This award was originally established by the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Allan Tennen in memory of his work as a devoted psychotherapy teacher and supervisor at St. Michael’s Hospital and in the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry for 25 years. In keeping with this tradition, Residents in psychiatry are encouraged to nominate for this award a psychotherapy supervisor who meets the criteria for the award which include:

  1. Demonstrated expertise in the teaching and supervision of psychotherapy.
  2. Effecting a significant contribution to the resident’s professional development as a psychotherapist.
  3. Providing training both in the knowledge and the ethics of psychotherapy.
  4. Nominees are faculty members who work either full-time or part-time within the university.
  5. Nominees reflect teaching and supervision in any of the psychotherapeutic modalities taught at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry.

Nominations should be forwarded in writing, with a description provided of the nominee’s exemplary achievement of these award criteria. Letters of nomination should be received by Dr. Paula Ravitz, Head, Psychotherapy Stream/PHES Division, c/o Liz Konigshaus, Mount Sinai Hospital, Room 942, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1X5 by April 9,  2018 (for electronic submissions, please send to (liz.konigshaus@sinaihealthsystem.ca).

A selection committee consisting of members of the Psychotherapy Program faculty and resident representatives will evaluate the nominations and select an awardee. The award will consist of an object of art and an appropriate certificate of award that will be announced at the departmental dinner and presented at the end of the academic year.

Robin Hunter Postgraduate Teaching Award

Purpose

The Robin Hunter Postgraduate Teaching Award is a prestigious award presented to a teacher in the Department of Psychiatry, as nominated and selected by residents. The winner will be announced at the Departmental Dinner where s/he will receive a certificate and $500.  This award is also used in promotion decisions by the department. Winners within the past 10 years are not eligible to win again, but all nominees will be informed of their nomination.

Award Criteria

  1. Supervision and teaching at a high academic level while respecting both patient and trainee.
  2. Interest in the trainee’s personal development and well-being.
  3. Commitment to the evaluation process, i.e. supervision with constructive feedback and support.
  4. A positive role-model; shows ability to integrate psychiatry into personal life.
  5. Consideration of the ethics and philosophy of psychiatry.
  6. Scholarly use of reference material and resources.
  7. Flexibility in problem-solving.
  8. The ability to teach at different levels.
  9. Demonstrating high quality of patient care including: Clinical excellence, Ability to relate to and appreciate patient needs and concerns, Ability to deliver clear and relevant patient education.

Selection process

Residents nominate teachers by putting their name and a description of why they believe their teacher deserves to win this award. All residents are then asked to vote for one candidate, and the candidate with the most votes is the winner.

Award

Certificate and $500

Nomination Process

PRAT co-presidents advertise the award and ask for nominations from residents. Nominations are then presented to the resident body in a survey. All nominees are informed of their nomination, and only the winner of the award is informed of the result prior to the dinner.

The 2018 Psychotherapy Award for Academic Excellence

Please consider nominating one of your teachers or colleagues for the 2018 Psychotherapy Award for Academic Excellence to recognize contributions that exemplify integrity, innovation and impact through teaching and education, research, clinical services, education scholarship or creative professional activities in psychotherapy.

Nominations can be submitted by residents and faculty. All active members of the faculty of the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry are eligible for this award.

Two letters of nomination are required detailing the nature of the academic contribution and merit, explaining why the nominee should receive this award. The prize consists of $500 and a certificate.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 9, 2018. Please submit all materials to liz.konigshaus@sinaihealthsystem.ca

Zofia Pakula Social Justice Award

Purpose: 

This award recognizes outstanding and exemplary initiatives by a resident in education, research, policy, advocacy, clinical, and/or other community activities that advance the Department of Psychiatry’s objectives in promoting social justice and equity in mental health, especially in the areas of: anti-stigma and anti-discrimination; underserved and marginalized populations; and global mental health.

Details: 

Awarded to an outstanding resident in recognition for his/her work in championing equity and social justice.

Award: 

Certificate and $2,000

Nomination deadline:

TBA* 

Eligibility: 

To be considered for the award, residents must:

  1. Obtain up to 2 recommendation letters that provide testimonial support, such as a letter from a faculty member of the department, a person with lived experience, a community organization, or other stakeholders positively impacted by the resident’s work.
  2. Write a 2-page reflection essay that documents the resident’s social justice related activities; the impact of these activities; a reflection on future actions; and intention of how the award will be used to further their work.
  3. Brief videos or PowerPoint presentations highlighting the above are welcome with all nominations.

Award Announcement:

  1. This award will be promoted to all Department of Psychiatry residents, site chiefs and site post-grad coordinators.
  2. The successful award recipient will be announced during the Department of Psychiatry Advocacy Day and the Annual Departmental Dinner.
  3. The recipient of the award will be asked to create a brief video clip or PowerPoint presentation highlighting their social justice related activities; the impact of these activities; a reflection on future actions; and intention of how the award will be used to further their work.
  4. The video clip or PowerPoint presentation will be shown during the Department of Psychiatry Advocacy Day and may be made accessible on the internet (e.g. website, social media, etc.).
  5. As funds may be used to travel and present at conferences, opportunities for presentation will also be available in this form.

Please submit nominations to: To be determined.*

*Please contact alyson.musial@utoronto.ca for information.

2018 Addiction Psychiatry Outstanding Resident Award

The 2018 Addiction Psychiatry Outstanding Resident Award will recognize special contributions to the field of Addiction Psychiatry by a PG-1 through 5 level psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto.

Contributions include:

Being involved in the teaching of Addiction Psychiatry, developing awareness/advocacy initiatives for the addiction population, innovative scholarship or research endeavours in the field, as well as sitting on committees to promote the growth of Addiction Psychiatry (on the departmental, national or international level).

Award

The winner will receive $1,000 towards furthering their education in Addiction Psychiatry (e.g. towards specific conferences, or other training that will enhance the resident’s knowledge, skills and attitudes in the field of addiction psychiatry), as well as a framed certificate. The successful candidate will also have his or her name inscribed on a plaque that will be displayed in the Addictions Division at CAMH.

Application Process

Interested candidates must submit a personal statement outlining activities he or she performed that the committee should consider, a description of plans on how the award funds would be used towards further their addiction education, as well as an up to date Curriculum Vitae and one letter of reference to support the application.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the receipt of applications is: Friday March 30, 2018, 5:00pm EST.

The winner of the award will be officially announced at the Annual Psychiatry Departmental Dinner in June, 2018.

Submission 

Please email your submissions to:

Dr. Inbal Gafni (inbal.gafni@wchospital.ca)

Dr. Tony George (tony.george@camh.ca)

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