Medical Council of Canada

Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence

This prestigious distinction recognizes an individual or group who demonstrate sustained excellence in Canadian health care and/or health-care research. Its recipients are the people who ensure our health-care professionals meet the high standards that Canadians enjoy and expect.

The Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence is unique in that its nominees and recipients come from a broad range of health disciplines, such as dentistry, physical therapy and medical practice.



Nominations may be made by an individual or organization knowledgeable in assessment procedures within the health-care professions and faculties of medicine/health sciences in Canada. A nomination letter must be submitted electronically to no later than May 1 of the current year.

In addition, the supporting documents listed below must be either included with the nomination letter or submitted later:

  • A minimum of one letter of support from a person or organization, other than the principal nominator, familiar with the work of the nominee
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae


2018 Recipient

Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg

Shiphra Ginsburg is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and a Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, affiliated with the University of Toronto.  She completed medical school at McGill University, followed by postgraduate trainings in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and Respirology and Critical Care at McMaster University. She then obtained a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). In 2016, she completed a PhD in Health Professions Education at Maastricht University.

Her program of research involves two inter-related areas. The first explores how clinical supervisors conceptualize, assess and communicate about the performance and competence of their learners, with a focus on the language used in workplace-based assessment. The second area explores the construct of professionalism in medical education, from the perspective of learners, faculty and practicing physicians. Dr. Ginsburg’s research involves the use of qualitative and mixed methods. She also collaborates widely with colleagues from the University of Toronto and on national/international projects related to feedback, implicit gender bias in assessment, the effect of the environment on performance assessments, how successful people handle failure, and issues central to the field of medical education research and scholarship in general, including academic publishing and dissemination.

Dr. Ginsburg serves as Deputy Editor at the journal Medical Education and is on the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine. Dr. Ginsburg is the Director of Education Research and Scholarship in the Department of Medicine and the Academic Director of Education Research and Scholarship in the office of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto.


Past Recipients

2018 Dr. Shiphra Ginsburg
2017 Dr. Richard K. Reznick
2016 n/a
2015 Dr. Robyn Tamblyn
2014 n/a
2013 n/a
2012 Dr. Kevin Eva
2011 n/a
2010 Dr. Daniel Klass
2009 Dr. André Jacques
2008 Dr. Glenn Regehr
2007 Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess
2006 Dr Carlos Brailovsky
2005 Dr Gordon Page
2004 Physician Achievement Review Instrument Development and Assessment Team
2003 Dr. Arthur Rothman
2002 n/a
2001 Dr. Geoff Norman