PARO AWARDS


Do you think your Program has provided you with an exceptionally positive and rewarding educational and clinical experience?

Is there an individual who has advocated on your behalf during residency?

Has there been a clinical teacher who has inspired you to reach your goal of becoming a successful physician?

If so, now is the time to ensure that these deserving individuals or programs are recognized for their contribution to your training. Each year, PARO provides an opportunity for residents to submit nominations for the following Awards:

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 PARO Awards! Any resident or group of residents who are currently enrolled in an Ontario training program are eligible to participate. The deadline for nominations is Monday, January 25, 2016 at 0900h.

Please click on the award category links above for more information on how to submit a nomination. If you have questions, email awards@paroteam.ca or call the PARO office at 1-877-979-1183.

This is your chance to recognize those remarkable individuals who have had a positive influence on your training!


Links to Nomination Forms:



Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award
CONCEPT OF AWARD
The objective of the PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award is to publicly acknowledge the essential role that good clinical teachers play in the training of new physicians.

All nominees receive a letter from PARO informing them of their nomination and a list of the nominees will be sent to the Postgraduate Dean and Dean at their university. At a nomineeís request, a letter will also be sent to their chief or supervising head. Award recipients receive a framed certificate, a $1,000.00 donation to the award recipient's charity of choice and recognition at an Awards Dinner in the spring. Recipients also typically receive significant recognition at their site.

There are up to seven awards presented yearly: two for University of Toronto (due to its size) and one for each of the other five medical schools across Ontario: University of Ottawa, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, McMaster, Queenís and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION
Monday, January 25, 2016 at 0900h.

ELIGIBILITY
Any clinical staff member involved in full or part-time clinical teaching of residents is eligible for nomination.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE
Any individual currently enrolled in an accredited residency program in the province can make a nomination. Alternatively, a group of residents may submit a joint nomination. This can be done in a single letter or a collection of letters (maximum of 5) that contains the names and email addresses of the Resident nominators for verification purposes.

To be considered, the nomination package must:

  • Include a completed Nomination Form
  • Include a detailed letter(s) (minimum of 300 and maximum of 750 words) outlining the reasons for nomination (see Judging Criteria).
  • * Please ensure that you provide sufficient information to convey the strengths and efforts of your nominee.
  • Must be received by 0900h on Monday, January 25, 2016
  • A resumé of the nominee is not required and will not be considered in the selection process.
  • * Please note: on occasions where nomination packages have not met a standard of criteria, the Selection Committee has opted to not give out an award at that particular site.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Some areas that the Awards Selection Committee will consider include:
  • passion for teaching
  • proficiency in delivering clear and relevant information
  • quality of clinical and beside teaching
  • teaching at a high academic level
  • comprehension and appropriate use of the literature
  • appropriateness of teaching for level of trainees
  • ability to relate to and appreciate patient needs
  • being a positive role model
  • interest in traineesí personal development and well-being
  • commitment to the evaluation process
  • encouragement of a team approach
  • innovative techniques
  • curriculum development
  • connecting teaching with problem solving and research
  • quality of laboratory teaching (if applicable)
SELECTION COMMITTEE
Award recipients are chosen by the Awards Selection Committee. This group is Chaired by the PARO Past President and is comprised of members of the PARO Board of Directors and General Council and an external representative.

To access the nomination form, please click here.


Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award (RAA)
CONCEPT OF AWARD
The Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award was created in 1997 and is named for the first Executive Director of PARO in recognition of her many years of tireless efforts towards improving the lives of residents in Ontario. This award was developed to include non-clinical staff such as program assistants and administrators to reflect the importance of these people in the day-to-day life of a resident. The Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award is bestowed upon one individual in the province who has consistently advocated on behalf of residents and resident issues, within their role as an administrator, program coordinator, teacher or clinician.

All nominees receive a letter from PARO informing them of their nomination and a list of the nominees will be sent to the Postgraduate Dean and Dean at their University. At their request, a letter will also be sent to their chief or supervisor.

The award consists of a framed certificate, a $1,000 donation to the award recipient's charity of choice and recognition at an Awards Dinner in the spring.  Recipients also typically receive significant recognition at their site.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION
Monday, January 25, 2016 at 0900h.

ELIGIBILITY
Any administrator, program coordinator, teacher or clinician who works with residents is eligible for nomination. The nomination letter(s) should outline how the nominee demonstrates their passion for resident issues, going above and beyond their required responsibilities, to improve the personal, work and educational wellbeing of residents.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE
Any individual currently enrolled in an accredited residency program in the province can make a nomination. Alternatively, a group of residents may submit a joint nomination. This can be done in a single letter or several letters (maximum of 5) that contain the names and email addresses of the Resident nominators for verification purposes.

To be considered, the nomination package must:
  • include a completed Nomination Form
  • include detailed letter(s) (minimum of 300 and maximum of 750 words each) outlining the reasons for nomination.
  • * Please ensure that you provide sufficient information to convey the strengths and efforts of your nominee.
  • be received no later than Monday, January 25, 2016 at 0900h.
Please note: a resumé of the nominee will not be considered in the selection process.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Areas that the Awards Selection Committee will consider include:
  • examples showing how the nominee goes above and beyond their job description to demonstrate a clear passion for resident issues
  • consistent advocacy on behalf of residents and resident issues
  • responsiveness to questions and feedback
  • attentiveness to resident needs
  • level of approachability
  • specific examples of areas where the nominee has made a significant improvement in the education, opportunities or wellness of residents
  • demonstrated proactive approach of the nominee.
SELECTION COMMITTEE
The award recipient is chosen by the Awards Selection Committee. This group is Chaired by the PARO Past President and is comprised of members of the PARO Board of Directors and General Council and an external representative.

To access the nomination form, please click here.


PARO Residency Program Excellence Award
CONCEPT OF AWARD
The PARO Residency Program Excellence Award was created to recognize those programs that have consistently provided an exceptionally positive and rewarding experience to their residents, while producing physicians who are expertly trained to deal with the challenges in their upcoming careers.

All nominated programs will receive a letter from PARO informing them of the nomination. The recipient Program will also receive a letter, as will their Postgraduate Dean. The Program Director of the chosen Program is honoured at an Awards dinner in the spring and receives a framed certificate of recognition. In addition, PARO will make a $1,000.00 donation to the Education Fund of the chosen program.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION
Monday, January 25, 2016 at 0900h.

ELIGIBILITY
A resident or group of residents in Ontario may nominate any accredited training program in the province. A program may be nominated based on strengths in one category or multiple categories.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE
Any individual currently enrolled in an accredited residency program in the province can make a nomination. Alternatively, a group of residents may submit a joint nomination. This can be done in a single letter or several letters (maximum of 1,500 words combined) that contains the names and email addresses of the Resident nominators for verification purposes.

To be considered, the nomination package must:
  • include a completed Nomination Form
  • include detailed letter(s) outlining the reasons for nomination
  • be received no later than Monday, January 25, 2016 at 0900h.
JUDGING CRITERIA

A. Educational Excellence
The most important component of program excellence is the educational component. While all the other components of an excellent program are important, the primary mandate of a residency program is education, and it is through education that a program most benefits itself, its residents and society at large.
Examples of excellence in education include:
   * Superb teaching/preceptoring
   * Well organized half-days that are well attended by residents
   * Significant amount of time devoted to education
   * Standardized and regular feedback on resident performance
   * Ensuring that residents in need of extra teaching are identified and assisted
     in a supportive manner
   * Research and conference opportunities made available
   * Developing research opportunities for those residents who are interested
   * Solid teaching to both on and off service residents (where applicable)

B. Resident Well-Being/Good Work Environments
Residents who are content within their program make better learners, teachers and service providers than those who are not. Because of this, encouragement and fostering of resident well-being is a significant component of what can make a program great.
Examples of positive resident well-being features include:
   * Generally fostering environments conducive to residents and their families
   * Good resident-resident and resident-staff relationships
   * Excellent mentors and role models within the program
   * Relative ease in obtaining vacation time (see item C)
   * Program social nights

C. Contract Compliance
Any program nominated for the award should respect the contractual rights of residents and help ensure that they are met.

D. Attentiveness to Resident Needs
Excellent programs will also determine, and respond to, the various and changing needs of their residents. This could include distributing and responding to feedback forms from residents, assisting with career placements, and have supervisors that will address the specific needs of residents - academic or otherwise.

E. Innovations in Resident Education
While not essential for a program to be first-rate, innovations created within a program to improve any of the above characteristics can contribute significantly to program excellence.

F. Consistency
A program that has been consistently excellent over many years in the above categories will be viewed favourably. While not a primary consideration, the selection committee may use - at its discretion - repeat nominations in past years, or other evidence of consistent excellence that is provided in the nomination letter(s), in its selection process.

SELECTION COMMITTEE
The award recipient is chosen by the Awards Selection Committee.  This group is Chaired by the PARO Past President and is comprised of members of the PARO Board of Directors and General Council and an external representative.

To access the nomination form, please click here.











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