Temerty Awards for Excellence in Professional Values

We believe that within our academic and clinical settings, shared norms, values, and expectations help to describe and support the behaviours expected of us by patients and families, and by society. These norms, values, and expectations are collectively known as our professional values.

We also believe that while many professional values are timeless, others evolve to become more prominent as a result of necessary societal change. The Faculty’s Academic Strategic Plan (2018-2023) highlights themes of collaboration, health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, excellence through equity, and sustainability.

The Temerty Awards for Excellence in Professional Values are launched this year and will be awarded annually to recognize faculty members and learners from all our sectors who contribute to strengthening our shared professional values through their behaviour, communications, relationships, and academic, clinical, and administrative endeavours.

These faculty members and learners exemplify our shared professional values, including:

  • A commitment to excellence and fair and ethical dealings with others in carrying out their professional duties and academic endeavours
  • Facilitating psychologically, culturally, and physically safe learning environments
  • Demonstrating kindness, respect, civility, humility, integrity, self-reflection and a commitment to our collective responsibility in ensuring one another’s wellbeing
  • A commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices, consistent advocacy and inclusion for equity deserving groups, and allyship.
  • Achieving the mandates of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in our healthcare education, practice, and research.

Awards are open to all faculty members and learners at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Six awards are made annually: one each to a faculty member and a learner from each of the basic sciences, rehabilitation sciences, and clinical medicine sectors. Staff within the faculty are recognized through the Staff Impact Awards.

Peers, supervisors, colleagues, and program leaders can all make nominations but self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nominations require three letters of support (maximum 500 words) from faculty members, learners or staff, outlining which professional values the nominee contributes to, and how. Preference is given to nominees whose achievements span or integrate multiple values.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee of faculty and learners drawn from the three sectors. Date for submission: April 30, 2021, 11:59pm. Please send nomination packages to medicine.partnerships@utoronto.ca.