How to Apply
The CFMS and MD Financial Management want to recognize some of the passionate, dedicated and caring medical student leaders across Canada who have made innovative contributions to their schools and communities.
In recognition of their achievements, one student from each of the 15 member schools of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) will receive a Medical Student Leadership Award, consisting of:
- A certificate of recognition
- A cash prize of $2000
- Application Opens: October 28th 2023
- Application Deadline: January 14th 2024 11:59pm PST
- Under extenuating circumstances students may be given an extra 48 hours for submission of their application.
- Please Note: Applicants can only submit one application per person.
- Lastly, please be aware that all word/page limits are firm cut-offs.
Application Requirements (4 parts)
- Personal Statement
500 word maximum – please include your total word count at the end of your personal statement. Your personal statement should focus on the following aspects of your accomplishments as a leader, collaborator, communicator, scholar, professional and/or health advocate:
- Describe your contributions to medical student life and/or the broader community.
- Outline the ways in which you support others to engage with their communities and achieve their goals (personal, professional, wellness, etc).
- Identify two qualities which you believe are essential to medical student leadership and describe how you have worked to foster them within yourself and others through your initiatives.
Applicants are encouraged to highlight new or innovative aspects of their achievements and the unique contributions they have made to medical student and community life.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
1-2 pages maximum – Please outline your activities from one year prior to starting medical school up until now which you feel are relevant for the selection committee to consider.
- Letter of Good Standing from your Faculty of Medicine
A formal Letter of Good Standing can be requested from your Registrar’s or Undergraduate Medical Education office, and should be scanned to be included in your application. Your Letter of Good Standing should be recent within 4 months of the competition deadline.
PLEASE NOTE: Only official Letters of Good Standing obtained through your faculty will be accepted. Please be aware that these are different than confirmations of enrollment, as they indicate your current status as a practicing medical student within the faculty. Anything other than a formal Letter of Good Standing will not be accepted and will result in your application being incomplete.
- Two Reference Letters
Please provide two reference letters (maximum 600 words each; please communicate this limit to your references) from individuals who are familiar with your personal accomplishments as a leader, collaborator, communicator, scholar, professional and/or health advocate.
One letter must be from a current medical student at your school, the second can be from anyone of your choosing such as a resident, faculty member, community leader, physician mentor, employer etc. Please include the contact information, including phone number and email address, of both referees. Referees may be contacted by the CFMS to verify activities and contributions of the applicant.
Please note that reference letters must be uploaded manually into your online application. This can be done by the referees themselves, with you assistance in accessing the application, or by yourself. If you are uploading reference letters on behalf of your referees, please remain mindful of your professionalism and keep all letters confidential and unedited.
Please submit your personal statement, resume/curriculum vitae, letter of good standing and 2 reference letters as a single scanned/uploaded as document in either a PDF or DOC/DOCX format.
Supporting documents should be labelled and collated in the following order:
- Personal Statement
- Letter of Good Standing
- References letters
Any medical student attending a CFMS member school is eligible. However, students who hold or have previously held a position on the CFMS Board or as a CFMS Officer during their medical studies are ineligible to apply. Furthermore, previous winners are also ineligible to apply.
CFMS membership is based on your membership within your respective medical student societies. Therefore, for specific inquiries regarding your status as a CFMS member, and therefore your eligibility for the award competition (i.e. student's on leave, MD/PhD students, etc.), please consult with your medical student society and their bylaws to determine your status as a member.
The Selection Committee consists of CFMS Alumni who were active medical student leaders and are now residents and staff physicians. Applications are reviewed using a multi-evaluator scoring process in an effort to provide fair and reasonable consideration of all applicants.
The CFMS considers professionalism to be an extremely important value for all medical students to uphold. As a result, any applicant who is considered to have falsified information on their application will be reviewed and may be disqualified from award consideration.
Certificates and cash prizes will be distributed by mail following the Spring General Meeting (SGM).
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