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Dr. W. Dale Dauphinee Award for Excellence in Medical Education

Recognizing one medical student and one resident who have demonstrated excellence in medical education within the schools of medicine in Canada.
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About the award

The Dr. W. Dale Dauphinee Award for Excellence in Medical Education was named in recognition of Dr. Dauphinee’s many years of service as the executive director and registrar.

It is awarded annually to one medical student and one resident who have demonstrated excellence in medical education within the schools of medicine in Canada. Each recipient will be awarded $5,000 to be used for studies, books, or e-learning tools, and/or conference attendance.

Definition of excellence in medical education

Dr. Dauphinee was amongst the innovators and leaders at the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) from 1971 to 2006. As an agent of change in both educational practices and performance assessment, he promoted and guided the modernization of national assessment practices. An innovator in academia and in regulation, he led the introduction of new technologies and assessment strategies and worked across borders and disciplines to build new alliances and venues in regulation and the evaluation of physician performance. To honour his example, this award should confer recognition on individuals whose actions and accomplishments reflect the attitudes and values that have kept the MCC at the front of incremental change and quality improvement and to remain relevant to its public mandate.

Within this overall context, to qualify for the Dr. W. Dale Dauphinee Award for Excellence in Medical Education, a nominee should have made significant contributions to the betterment and accessibility of medical education and/or assessment practices through innovation within their faculty or between faculties within the health disciplines. Areas of interest could include:

  • Developing innovative educational or assessment tools at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
  • Improving accessibility of assessment tools through the use of technology in changing times
  • Assessing the validity of artificial intelligence tools in learning or quality of care
  • Initiating innovative qualitative and quantitative measures of performance
  • Initiating an innovative process for virtual and/or continuing learning in practice
  • Piloting and demonstrating clinical effect for new technologies
  • Demonstrating peer feedback for improving clinical performance and/or for learning
  • Creating collaborative alliances to improve assessment
  • Improving assessment of inter-professional and/or team performance

Nomination process

Each school of medicine is asked to submit formal letters of nomination outlining how a trainee has demonstrated excellence in medical education during their training and why they should be considered.

Each school can only nominate one medical student and one resident for this award, for a total of two nominations. As such, we encourage each school to discuss the nominations internally.

The letter of nomination can come from the dean, associate/vice-deans of undergraduate or postgraduate Medical Education, program director and/or faculty member. The nominee’s curriculum vitae is also required and must be formatted in 11-point font or larger and should not exceed three pages in length.

Deadline: The letters of nomination must be submitted electronically to [email protected] no later than April 30 of the current year.

2023 recipients

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Edwin Wong, MD

Student Award
University of Toronto

Dr. Edwin Wong is an adult neurology resident physician at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology at McMaster University and later completed a master’s degree in neuroscience at McGill University. Following his graduate studies, he was a high school science educator in Montreal, where he began to develop a strong passion for education, particularly within the youth population.

While in medical school, he continued to explore his interests in pedagogy and advocacy, including creating and teaching a free, virtual high school summer neuroscience course aimed predominantly at marginalized youth, coordinating a youth healthcare mentorship program with the Community of Support initiative at the University of Toronto, and facilitating various clinical
teaching sessions for junior medical students.

As he continues his residency training, he hopes to emphasize the importance of youth outreach and health literacy in the field of medicine and pursue his interests in curriculum design and pedagogical training in health care.

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Julie Montreuil, MD

Resident Award
Université Laval

Dr. Julie Montreuil recently graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval, Quebec. She completed her family medicine residency in Baie-Comeau, a remote region known for providing healthcare to First Nations communities. In 2017, she obtained her undergraduate doctor of pharmacy (Pharm. D.) at Université Laval with an international profile from Université François-Rabelais in France. Dr. Montreuil has a strong passion for teaching. During her medical studies, she designed and implemented pharmacotherapy courses for her peers and taught cadaver anatomy and point-of-care ultrasound with great dedication.

During her residency, Dr. Montreuil led a team of nine international researchers in updating the BEME (Best Evidence in Medical Education) 56: Interventions for undergraduate and postgraduate medical learners with academic difficulties. Her leadership and hard work earned her becoming the first author on the article. This experience provided her with knowledge and skills in remediation strategies for students and residents facing academic challenges, which she will transpose into her practice.

Currently, Dr. Montreuil is pursuing a master of health profession education at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. This two-year master’s program with a thesis will enable her to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in teaching health professionals and conducting research in medical pedagogy. Her objective is to promote evidence-based teaching models and multidisciplinary in a safe learning environment.

Dr. Montreuil will begin her practice in the fall of 2023 at the Neufchâtel GMF-U, while remaining involved in the family medicine program at Université Laval as a clinician educator. Since July 2023, Dr. Montreuil has also been co-leader of the “Academic Medicine” clerkship designed for residents in the Clinician Scientist Program (CSP), family medicine and other specialties. The clerkship aims to enhance research, education and management skills from a scholarship perspective. Colleagues describe Dr. Montreuil as an empathetic and meticulous physician. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running and hiking.

Past recipients



Robin Stone, MD, BBA
Student award
, University of British Columbia
Lior Krimus, MD, Bsc
Resident award
, University of Toronto
Ivry Zagury-Orly, MD
Student award
, University of Montreal
Rachel Curtis, MD
Resident award
, Queen’s University