2014 IME Award Recipients


IME Teaching Awards Community-Based Teaching Excellence: 2014 Results

Acknowledging the significant increasing number of community-based teachers to the learning of medical students and residents at the University of Toronto, the Faculty of Medicine (through the Office of Integrated Medical Education) created three awards to recognize excellence in community-based teaching. Launched during the fall of 2012, the awards carry a cash value of $1,000 each and are presented at the Faculty of Medicine’s Annual Education Achievement Celebration. The awards are open to MDs who are clinical teachers of medical students or residents within the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, and who teach and practice primarily in the community environment, including the UofT's Community Affiliates or community-based office/clinic setting not associated with Full Affiliates of the Faculty of Medicine.

The award categories are as follows:

  • Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital):
    This award recognizes excellence in teaching at a Community Hospital.
  • Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Clinic/Office/Practice):
    This award recognizes excellence in teaching at a community-based physician office/clinic.
  • Sustained Excellence in Community-Based Teaching
    This award recognizes sustained (normally 10 years) excellence in community-based teaching, and may include mentorship, the integration of scholarship in teaching, interprofessional collaboration, etc.
In 2014, we received an outstanding forty-nine nominations. Subsequently, forty-five nominees submitted complete nomination packages. A wide range of clinical specialties and community-based hospitals were represented through these stellar nominees.
Distribution of Award Nominees by UofT Clinical Department
Distribution of Award Nominees by UofT Clinical Department 

Members of the Adjudication Committee for these awards (which included undergraduate and postgraduate medical learners) commented on the tremendous caliber of all nominees, as well as the effort that went into compiling the nominations and packages. The committee intended to provide three awards in 2014, but a total of four awards were given across the three awards categories. Please join us in congratulating the 2014 recipients of these awards:

Sustained Achievement in Community-Based Teaching

Dr. Ronald LevineAward Recipient: Dr. Ronald Levine, Department of Surgery, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Dr. Ronald Levine graduated from the McGill University, Faculty of Medicine and finished his residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. A Full Professor and the Director of Postgraduate Education in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto overseeing 11 Surgical Specialties in the Department, Dr. Levine has been instructing Plastic Surgery to residents, fellows and medical students since 1985 at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Over the years, he has received numerous teaching awards, which span his career. Some of these include the PAIRO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award in 1996; the Arnie Freiberg's Teaching Award in 1996; the Bruce Tovee Award in Teaching in 2007; the Excellence in Teaching Award in Plastic Surgery at St. Joseph in 2011; and the Charles Mickle Fellowship Award given by the Postgraduate Medical Education Office in the Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto in 2013. Feedback received from learners was truly outstanding and included comments such as,

"Dr. Levine is a patient and supportive teacher, but also not one to hand-feed his trainees. He encouraged us to learn independently and would generate learning points from a day’s work for discussion the following day."

"Dr. Levine has likely trained more plastic surgeons than any other Program Director in this country. He is well liked by everyone he has trained and staff all across this country have a deep respect for him as a mentor."

"He sees resident education as more than a knife and a book but the total health of the resident."

Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (community hospital)

Dr. John HagenAward Recipient: Dr. John Hagen, Department of Surgery, Humber River Hospital

Dr. John Hagen graduated from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and finished his residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and is active in training residents and fellows in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Hagen has been the Surgical Director of Bariatrics for the Humber River regional hospital since 2007 and is actively involved in the MIS fellowship training program for the University of Toronto. Dr. Hagen has received the 2010 Robe1i Mustard Mentorship Award for Teaching in the Division of General Surgery, and the Individual Teaching Excellence Award from the Wightman-Berris Award, for 2010-2011, and the Bruce Tovee Teaching Award from the Department of Surgery, 2013. Learners have also recognized Dr. Hagen’s exceptional contribution to medical education, as exemplified by the following testimonials:

"What I appreciate most about Dr. Hagen is the respect he has for all learners, and that he truly values them as important members of the team. From students to residents and fellows, and for those who want to pursue careers from surgery to psychiatry, Dr. Hagen’s allegiance to excellent teaching is unwavering."

"It is exciting to work and learn from a surgeon who demonstrates relentless enthusiasm and vision to advance surgical techniques and care."

"One of the attributes of Dr. Hagen that makes him an outstanding teacher is his superb communication skills. He is able to clearly explain concepts or mechanisms which enhances his mentoring of students."

Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (clinic/office/practice)

Dr. Paul CantaruttiAward Recipient: Dr. Paul Cantarutti, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Dr. Paul Cantarutti is the Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine at Southlake Regional Health Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical School and completed residency training in Family Medicine in Toronto. Dr. Cantarutti was instrumental in starting the family medicine residency program at Southlake Regional Health Centre and led the program as its first site director for the residency program.

Testimonial comments included:

"I was taken aback by the enthusiasm and interest Dr. Paul Cantarutti displayed with each patient that I presented. The questions were relevant, proving he was listening; waiting for the moment to unearth a valuable teaching point. I was never told what to do but encouraged to develop my own plan and to think through problems."

"His enthusiasm to teach is highlighted by the fact that he has used each patient case as an opportunity to teach, and instead of being didactic, he challenges us with questions that require critical thinking while developing a systematic approach for each problem."

"Effective teaching also requires a mentor to provide regular constructive feedback in order to improve a trainee's skills. So far in our medical training, we have not encountered other preceptors who have placed such a high value on this task and taken time out to meet regularly and provide feedback to help us improve our skills."

Dr. Jane PhilpottAward Recipient: Dr. Jane Philpott, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Markham Stouffville Hospital

Dr. Jane Philpott is Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Assistant Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto and a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto. Dr. Philpott was instrumental in starting the family medicine residency program at Markham Stouffville Hospital and designing the Markham Site to offer an innovative, value-added feature to the Family Medicine residency with a longitudinal focus on global and intercultural health. Feedback received from learners was truly outstanding and included comments such as,

Testimonial comments included:

"Dr. Jane Philpott’s commitment and innovative thinking have made her an exceptional role model for community‐based health professionals of all disciplines. Focusing on health equity and diversity, she went on to implement an innovative Family Medicine residency program with a longitudinal focus on global and intercultural health. The program’s emphasis on the social and cultural context that creates illness and health that shapes patients’ understanding of symptoms and that affects how both patients and healthcare providers perceive what needs to be done to alleviate suffering serves as an exemplar of how issues of equity, diversity and gender can be deeply valued in interprofessional education and care."

"She is regarded as a fantastic teacher who aims to create an open atmosphere of learning. She works to ensure that each resident is having the best learning experience possible. This is demonstrated by her ongoing efforts to further improve our program and address our learning needs."

"Dr. Philpott embodies the values of an exceptional community based family physician and has served as an inspiring role model for us all."