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Council Awards

Honouring Outstanding Ontario Physicians

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The Council Award is presented at each meeting of Council to honour outstanding Ontario doctors who have demonstrated excellence and come closest to meeting society's vision of an "ideal physician".

Call for Nominations

The CPSO is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Council Award. 

The criteria for selecting a recipient for the Council Award are based on eight physician roles identified by Educating Future Physicians of Ontario. Details on the selection criteria are outlined below and in the nomination form.

Through the award, the College honours Ontario physicians who are outstanding in each of these roles, recognizing that individual physicians will demonstrate more extensive expertise in some roles than in others. Four awards are presented each year, one in each of the following categories: Academic Specialty, Community Specialty, Academic Family Practice and Community Family Practice.

If you know of a physician who meets the selection criteria, please nominate him or her. The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2020 Award is Monday, September 30, 2019 at 5 p.m.

For further information, please contact the Communications Department at 416-967-2600 or 1-800-268-7096, ext. 257, or cpsoaward@cpso.on.ca.

Read about our most recent award recipient in Council Update and view the full list of past award winners.

Selection criteria

The criteria for selecting a physician for the Council Award are based on the eight “physician roles” identified by Educating Future Physicians of Ontario in 1993. These roles reflect the many needs and expectations of our society, and outline an archetype of the “ideal physician”.

The Council Award recognizes physicians whose performance in these eight roles is outstanding, recognizing that they may demonstrate more extensive expertise in some roles than in others.

1. Medical Expert/Clinical Decision Maker

The physician is well-informed about the science and technology of medicine and health care. The physician’s knowledge and skill is used to collect and interpret data, make appropriate clinical decisions and carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

2. Communicator

The physician has effective, humane relationships with patients and colleagues. The physician understands and responds to patients’ needs, fears, beliefs and expectations and effectively counsels and educates on health care needs and public health care issues.

3. Collaborator

The physician works in partnership with other health care professionals and sees the patient and family members as partners in health care decision-making. The physician appropriately uses community and health care resources.

4. Gatekeeper/Resource Manager

The physician recognizes the many determinants of health and the implications of those determinants for the practice of medicine. The physician participates at a number of organizational levels to address issues such as quality of care and quality assurance mechanisms.

5. Health Advocate

With an understanding of the many determinants of health, the physician advocates for more effective public health interventions and policies.

6. Learner

The physician recognizes that the abilities to change and to continue to learn are essential to the practice of good medicine. The physician is a self-directed learner and keeps abreast of current treatments and philosophies.

7. Scientist/Scholar

The physician understands the scientific method and applies it to patient encounters, community health issues and to the critical assessment of literature related to the biological, psychological and sociological basis of illness. The physician may be engaged in scientific research.

8. Person & Professional

The physician has developed strategies for coping with professional demands to provide maximum opportunity for effective relationships with patients and colleagues while at the same time providing excellent medical care. The physician is committed to the highest standards of excellence in clinical care and ethical conduct.