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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.

Rural Service Award Rural Long Service Award Fellowship of Rural Remote Medicine of the SRPC KEITH AwardRURAL EDUCATION AwardRural Leadership Award • Lifetime Membership AwardRural Specialist Merit AwardRural Heart Award • Student / Resident Leadership AwardEssay
About the Nomination and award Committee

Nominees must be members of the SRPC
◘ with the exception of the Keith award and Rural Education Award
Deadlines for nominations
RSMA, RHA, Student/Resident/Rural Leadership : January 31st each year.
RSA, RLSA, FRRMS, Lifetime : March 23rd 2020

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 next R&R event.
3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified. 

Congratulations to the 2019 RSA recipients

Dr. Michael Ackermann, Sherbrooke, NS

Dr. Johannes Badenhorst, Penetanguishene, ON

Dr. Helen Cluett, Wellington, ON

Dr. Lydia Derzko, Beausejour, MB

Dr. Stacy Desilets, New Liskeard, ON

Dr. Karen Forgie, Halfmoon Bay, BC

Dr. John Guilfoyle, Garibaldi Highlands, BC

Dr. James Halvorson, Comox, BC

Dr. Susan McArthur, Walkerton, ON

Dr. Kirk McCarroll, Revelstoke, BC

Dr. Jeffrey Patterson, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Dr. Terry Suggitt, Listowel, ON

Dr. Todd Young, Springdale, NL


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 next R&R event.
3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified. 

Congratulations to the 2019 RLSA RECIPIENTs

Dr. Heather Abramenko, Almonte, ON

Dr. Robert Barkwell, Hampton, NS

Dr. Merrilee Brown, Port Perry, ON

Dr. Gerald Clayden, Carman, MB

Dr. Essandoh Dankwa, St Anthony, NL

Dr. Sean Ebert, Vanderhoof, BC

Dr. Nicole Ebert, Vanderhoof, BC

Dr. Charles Eckfeldt, Hazelton, BC

Dr. Stephen Ferracuti, Haliburton, ON

Dr. Charlene Fitzgerald, Happy-Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Dr. Robert Forsey, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Dr. Allan Garbutt, Blairmore, AB

Dr. Nancy Humber, Lillooet, BC

Dr. Mohammed Hussain Irfan, Port Au Choix, NL

Dr. Andrew Kotaska, Yellowknife, NT

Dr. Hassan Lockhat, Stettler, AB

Dr. Paul McArthur, Walkerton, ON

Dr. Sarah Newbery, Marathon, ON

Dr. Roderick Oishi, Edson, AB

Dr. Mary O'Keefe, Baddeck, NS

Dr. Judith Ophel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Dr. Eliseo Orrantia, Marathon, ON

Dr. Luis Rivero Pinelo, Shawville, QC

Dr. Theresa Ross, Manitouwadge, ON

Dr. Wesley Steed, Taber, AB

Dr. Anthony Wiens, Dauphin, MB

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 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. 
2. You must be registered for the current R&R event.
3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified.

Congratulations to the 2019 FRRMS recipients

    Dr. Gerald Clayden, Carman, MB

    Dr. Steyn De Wet, Leduc, AB

    Dr. Dan Eickmeier, Seaforth, ON

    Dr. Stephen Ferracuti, Haliburton, ON

    Dr. Nancy Fitch, Marathon, ON

    Dr. Charlene Fitzgerald, Happy-Valley-Goose Bay, NL

    Dr. Sarah Giles, Ottawa, ON

    Dr. David Goranson, Salt Spring Island, BC

    Dr. Wendy Graham, Channel-Port Aux Basques, NL

    Dr. Sean Groves, La Ronge, SK

    Dr. Nancy Humber, Lillooet, BC

    Dr. Jeewani Irfan, Port Au Choix, NL

    Dr. Hassan Lockhat, Stettler, AB

    Dr. Roderick Oishi, Edson, AB

    Dr. Eliseo Orrantia, Marathon, ON

    Dr. Blair Stanley, Rossland, BC


    Dr. Wesley Steed, Taber, AB

    Dr. Eben Strydom, Melfort, SK

    Dr. Gabe Woollam, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

    VIEW LIST OF PAST FRRMS 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

    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

    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)

    *New Award in 2019

    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:

    Email a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to Jenna at jennak@srpc.ca

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2019 - Dr. Essandoh Dankwa, St Anthony, NL


    Rural Heart Award (RHA)

    *New Award in 2019

    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:
    Email a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual meets the above noted criteria to Jenna at jennak@srpc.ca

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    2019 - Dr. Kate Miller, Guelph, ON

    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:
    Email
     a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how the individual/organization meets the above noted criteria to Jenna at jennak@srpc.ca

    Congratulations to the past recipients

    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

    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. 
    2. You must be registered for the next R&R event.
    3. If you meet the above criteria you will automatically be notified. 

    Congratulations to the 2019 Lifetime Membership Award recipients

    Dr. Claudette Chase, Neebing, ON

    Dr. Gerald Clayden, Carman, MB

    Dr. Steyn De Wet, Leduc, AB

    Dr. Lydia Derzko, Beausejour, MB

    Dr. Charles Eckfeldt, Hazelton, BC


    Dr. Robert Henderson, Black Creek, BC

    Dr. Sharen Madden, Sioux Lookout, ON

    Dr. Leslie Rourke, Ottawa, ON

    Dr. Tom Smith-Windsor, Prince Albert, SK

    Dr. Peter Wells, Collingwood, ON

    VIEW LIST OF PAST LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP RECIPIENTS 
    HERE

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    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, please inquire with Jenna.

    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. 

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

    To apply:

    1.      Email a one-page letter (max 500 words) that includes a description of how you meet the above noted criteria and your commitment to a rural practice.
    2.      Include a letter of support from a preceptor also describing how you meet the award criteria.  Preceptors may give the letter of support to the student to submit or send it          directly to SRPC.

      To apply:   Please forward your application letter to jennak@srpc.ca

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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.

    Rules:  Students and Residents must be a member of the SRPC and the length of the essay should be between 500-1000 words. Deadline is Dec 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.

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

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

    Print the #SRPC2020 Essay/Poster contest flyer here  

     To apply:  Please forward your essay to jennak@srpc.ca

    To read essays submitted in 2019
    Click Here

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    About the Nominations & Awards committee

    As the current Past President, Tom Smith-Windsor is the chair of the Nominations & Awards committee.

    The committee feels it is important to provide recognition to 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 2018/2019 the committee has implemented 2 new awards for R&R 2019 awards banquet to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to rural/remote medical care in Canada.  The first being the Rural Heart Award (RHA) for and the second is the Rural Specialist Merit Award (RSMA) 

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

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