Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Resident Awards

The Department is committed to recognizing the accomplishments of our trainees. Here are awards for which residents can qualify: 

CREOG Resident Teaching Award
Frederick Papsin Award
J.W. Knox Ritchie Research Awards
Dr. Sidney M. Tobin Compassionate Scholarship
SOGC Resident Professional Development Program
APOG Resident Research Award


CREOG Resident Teaching Award 

The University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is sponsoring TWO (2) residents to attend the CREOG workshop for Residents offered by American Program Director’s School entitled “Preparing to be Teachers and Leaders.” Further details available on the CREOG website.

Department sponsorship comprises of:

  • Return airfare to the conference (maximum $500)
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Registration fee

Receipient obligation:

Residents who attend the workshop will be expected to present at Academic Half Day teaching session on the subject they have covered at the workshop.

Frederick Papsin Award

This award is presented annually to a postgraduate resident in his/her final year of training, based on teaching ability, mentorship activities and leadership. The recipient is selected by peers and members of the Postgraduate Education Committee.

Application Process: 

All residents are encouraged to nominate a senior resident who best exemplifies the qualities listed above. Nominations should be submitted to the Residency Program Director

This award is presented at Annual Research Day.

J.W. Knox Ritchie Research Awards

Each year in early May, at the conclusion of the University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Annual Research Day, the J. W. Knox Ritchie Research Awards are awarded for best abstract/presentation by trainee category.

Guidelines & Principles:

  • Only a trainee (Clinical Fellow, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Resident, Graduate Student, or Medical Student affiliated with the University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology) is eligible for an award.
  • The research must have taken place while the submitter was a trainee.
  • Each trainee may submit only one (1) abstract.
  • Work in progress is welcomed and is eligible for an award.
  • Trainees must be present during the poster session for the entire period.
  • The trainee is eligible for an award only if he/she presents his/her own work.
  • Those in the "Other" category are not eligible for an award.
  • There will be 5 awards, based on level of training (Graduate Student, Resident, Clinical Fellow, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Medical Student), rather than type of presentation.
  • Oral and poster presentations are given equal value for evaluation purposes.
  • Each presentation is judged by at least 2 people, one or two chairs and one or two judges.
  • Any judge with a conflict in his/her session will cede to an alternate judge for marking.

Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Originality = Is this a new topic or novel approach? 
  • Scientific Merit = Is the topic important and worth studying? Is this a useful examination? Does this research advance its field? 
  • Study Design and Analysis = Are the tests and the study design appropriate and done properly? Are all relevant controls included?
  • Interpretation and Conclusions = Does the candidate examine all data and inferences? Are the conclusions appropriate?
  • Presentation = Is the presentation, oral or poster, well developed and explained? Is the poster or are the slides easy to follow? Is the candidate able to respond well to questions? 

Deadline: Abstracts for Research Day are submitted to the Department in early March each year. Research Day takes place in early May each year.

Dr. Sidney M. Tobin Compassionate Scholarship

The scholarship alternates between being awarded to a 4th-year clinical clerk and a postgraduate resident in the Department on the basis of demonstrated compassion in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Academic excellence is also taken into consideration.

Application and Selection Process: 
Hospital coordinators and the Department's ethicist are invited to submit nominations on the basis of demonstrated compassion in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The Program Director then reviews the nominations and recommends a candidate for the award. The Award is presented at the Annual Graduation Ceremony in June. 

SOGC Resident Professional Development Program (RPDP)

The Resident Professional Development Program (RPDP) invites two (2) residents from each university to attend the SOGC ACM every year (depending on funding). Funding to attend this program is available through the SOGC.

Program Objective:

The program benefits OBGYN residents by giving them the opportunity to participate in scientific programs and leadership workshops and seminars to enhance knowledge and understanding of advances in health research, administration, health sciences and clinical practice, and thus be exposed to the most current information, trends and issues in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology profession. The program fosters the professional development of future leaders in health care and provides individuals with the opportunity to meet their peers from medical programs across Canada and abroad to exchange information regarding future careers and development in women’s health care.

Program Responsibility and Follow-up:

Once the program is completed, each participating resident must provide a full report to SOGC, as well as a full report and presentation to her or his medical school. Once SOGC has received all the leadership participants’ reports, SOGC will merge all documents into one global report.

For more information about the RPDP, please contact your university’s Junior Members Committee representative or Ms. Janie Poirier.

Deadline for submission of the two (2) residents is April 1st of every year to Janie Poirier at or call 1-800-561-2416 x 262.

Note: The Resident Professional Development Program (RPDP) was formerly the Canadian Junior Member Leadership Program (CJMLP).

APOG Resident Research Award

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