Canadian Medical Association


  1. The award shall be known as the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders. It will have two recipients per category each year under the following categories: Student Leadership Award, Resident Leadership Award and Early Career Physician Leadership Award.
  2. The award is intended to celebrate the efforts of young physician leaders of tomorrow for their efforts today. In recognizing these efforts, the CMA will present the Award for Young Leaders to two students, two residents and two early career physicians (up to and including 5 years post-residency) who have demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment and leadership in one of the following domains: political, clinical, education, research and/or community service. Relative to these domains, nominees must have:
    • exemplified creativity, initiative and commitment to “making a difference”;
    • been active and effective at the local, provincial/ territorial and/or national level;
    • acted as a positive and effective role model for their peers and colleagues.


  1. Nominees shall be members of the Canadian Medical Association.
  2. The award should be awarded to two individuals per category in a given year, but the CMA shall be under no obligation to bestow the award annually.
  3. Any possibility that an individual or organization could exploit winning a CMA award for personal profit or commercial advantage will be taken into consideration.
  4. Any CMA member currently sitting as an elected officer, a member of the CMA Board of Directors or the Awards Committee, is not eligible for nomination to CMA awards unless under exceptional circumstances.
  5. This award will not be awarded posthumously. In the event of the demise of the nominee after being selected but before being presented with the award, it shall be presented posthumously.
  6. Nominations may be submitted, accompanied by suitable documentation, by a CMA member, a provincial or territorial medical association, an affiliate or an associate society. Self-nomination is ineligible. Documentation will consist of a completed nomination form, a detailed letter of nomination accompanied by two letters of support (letters must be no longer than 2 pages in length) and the nominee’s curriculum vitae or bio (3-page maximum). Handwritten submissions will not be accepted.
  7. A nomination may be re-submitted in a subsequent year. Should fewer than 3 nominations be received for this award, the award will not be presented and the nominees will be brought forward for consideration the following year.
  8. The Chair of the Awards Committee shall receive nominations until Nov. 30 of the year before the award is to be presented. Nominations must be submitted through the online form.
  9. The Committee on Awards shall make the final decision of the award recipient and provide an update to the CMA Board of Directors.
  10. As a condition precedent to the award being granted, a nominee will be required to provide written consent in a form provided by CMA, authorizing CMA to use the nominee’s name, likeness and approved biography notes for a public announcement of the award and related communications (including social media). If a selected nominee does not provide the required written consent within the prescribed time, the Awards Committee reserves the right to select an alternate award recipient or not make an award for that year.
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