OMA Resident Achievement Award

Now is your chance to nominate a fellow resident who demonstrates excellence in leadership, teaching, advocacy and professionalism.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) presents a number of Awards each year including the Resident Achievement Award (RAA). The OMA RAA recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of medical education by a postgraduate trainee. There are up to six awards presented, one from each Ontario medical school.

It’s easy to nominate a deserving colleague, here’s how:

  • Review the judging criteria below
  • Explain how the candidates’ accomplishments relate to the stated criteria, the impact of their role and why they should be chosen for an award. You may submit up to five letters of support that are a minimum of 300 words / maximum of 750 words. Please remember that the nominee must be an OMA member to be eligible.
  • Click here to register on the awards portal and input your letters of support.

Deadline for Nomination: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1100h.


  • Nominees must be a resident currently training in Ontario
  • Nominees must be a member of the Ontario Medical Association
  • Nominations may be made by individual residents or groups of residents, university professors or teaching faculties.

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OMA Resident Achievement Award Judging Criteria

The PARO Awards Selection Committee reviews nominations and provides recommendations to the Ontario Medical Association regarding which candidates best meet the following criteria:

1. Leadership

  • leads by example, and is looked up to as a respected leader
  • represents residents and resident interests
  • identifies potential for improvement and acts as catalyst to drive change
  • is able to effectively make difficult decisions when required
  • their work may be described as inspiring or visionary

2. Teaching

  • demonstrates innovation in education and educational initiatives, for example the development or implementation of novel learning courses
  • provides mentorship to junior learners
  • is active in multiple areas of education at the postgraduate, program and hospital levels such as residency education committees, hospital committees, grand rounds and journal club

3. Advocacy

  • identifies residency training educational deficits and works to improve them
  • strives to make the medical education system socially accountable
  • involvement in well-being initiatives within the healthcare system and the broader community

4. Resident as Professional

  • creates a positive culture in their day-to-day work by embodying medicine and fostering their love of it
  • demonstrated ability to relate to and appreciate patient needs
  • acts as an exemplary role model to other learners
  • shows evidence of integrity and selflessness in their work
  • is amicable, easy to approach, and works collaboratively with others
  • may participate in research

5. Sustainability and Degree of Impact

  • consistent level of contribution to the advancement of postgraduate training (size, degree and sustainability of impact may be important)
  • seeks out and is responsive to feedback
  • demonstrates an interest in constant re-evaluation and quality improvement in residency training and the medical system as a whole
  • may participate in research to further the above
  • resourceful and outside-of-the-box thinker who constantly seeks answers and improvement serving as a resource to others