Miriam Rossi Award for Health Equity in Undergraduate Medical Education
The Miriam Rossi Award for Health Equity in Undergraduate Medical Education aims to recognize University of Toronto MD Program faculty (individual or group) and administrative staff (individual or group) members for their commitment to diversity and health equity in undergraduate medical education. The award is named after Dr. Miriam Rossi, a pediatrician, teaching faculty, and former associate dean of student affairs in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and a strong advocate and mentor for minorities. It was established in 2017 in recognition of Dr. Rossi’s outstanding contributions to health equity in medical education. Dr. Rossi led several initiatives to improve diversity in the U of T medical school, in particular the creation of the Summer Mentorship Program (SMP), established to encourage young Black and Aboriginal students, who are under-represented in medicine, to pursue careers in the health sciences. Like many of her contributions, the SMP was developed to help improve equity in the field of medicine, healthcare and society as a whole.
The award recipient will receive a certificate of recognition and $250, and may be asked to participate in a workshop or other MD Program event. Recipients will be notified directly and will be recognized at the Faculty of Medicine’s 18th annual Education Achievement Celebration taking place on May 20, 2020.
Any University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine faculty member who has taught and/or held a leadership position, or, staff member in the MD Program is eligible for nomination.
Nominees should demonstrate outstanding effort in improving the equity environment in the MD Program at the University of Toronto through significant contributions to some of the following:
- Outreach, partnership, mentorship, recruitment and/or admission activities that contribute to the diversification of the undergraduate medical education student body, particularly with respect to improving the representation of groups that are under-represented in medical school (e.g. Aboriginal, Black, lower income, LGBTQ, etc.)
- Teaching and/or curriculum initiatives that contribute to undergraduate medical education student learning regarding the application of health equity principles in the management of the health of individuals and populations
- Teaching, curriculum and/or extra-curricular initiatives that contribute to undergraduate medical education student learning regarding health advocacy, particularly with respect to factors that improve health equity (e.g. principles of diversity, anti-oppression, inclusiveness, cultural competence, cultural safety, social justice in health, etc.)
- Research initiatives that contribute to health equity knowledge mobilization related to undergraduate medical education
- Faculty or staff development initiatives that foster and enable health equity teaching by MD Program faculty
While the award may recognize work related to any of the criteria listed above, preference will be given to nominees whose achievements span or integrate multiple criteria. Priority will also be given to achievements that have had a demonstrable impact within the University MD Program in particular and undergraduate medical education in general. Please note that teaching performance in Arts and Science, graduate, and post-graduate medical programs will not be considered for this award.
The nominator can be any University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine faculty, student, alumnus, or, member of administrative staff.
The nomination package must include the following:
- Completed nomination form
- Detailed letter of nomination from the primary nominator(s) outlining the reasons for nomination, with explicit reference to the award criteria
- A minimum of two (2) letters of support from University of Toronto MD Program faculty, students, alumni or staff, including at least one letter of support should be from a student or recent alumni (unless the primary nomination was from a student or recent alumni)
- Curriculum vitae of of a faculty nominee, or, resume for a staff member
Review and selection will be undertaken by the MD Program Teaching Awards Committee.
Download the nomination form here
2021 Nomination deadline to be announced in fall 2020
Fok-Han Leung, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Team of MD Program Equity Theme Leads: Onye Nnorom (Dalla Lana School of Public Health), James Owen (Department of Family and Community Medicine), Jason Pennington (Department of Surgery) and Lisa Richardson (Department of Medicine)
Mitesh Patel (Department of Psychiatry)
Mark Hanson, Department of Psychiatry