Medical Council of Canada

Outstanding Achievement Award

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.

Nomination information


2017 Recipient

Dr. Richard K. Reznick

Richard Reznick is married to Cheryl, and they have three children – Joanna, Josh and Gabe. Born in Montreal, he received his undergraduate university education and medical degree from McGill University, followed by a general surgical residency at the University of Toronto. He spent two years in fellowship training, first obtaining a Masters’ degree in medical education from Southern Illinois University, followed by a fellowship in colorectal surgery at the University of Texas in Houston, Texas.

Since his first faculty appointment at the University of Toronto in 1987, Dr. Reznick has been active in both colorectal surgery and research in medical education. He was instrumental in developing a performance-based examination, which is now used for medical licensure in Canada. He ran a research program on assessment of technical competence for surgeons and supervised a fellowship program in surgical education.

At the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, he was the inaugural Director of the Faculty’s Centre for Research in Education at University Health Network (The Wilson Centre) from 1997 to 2002. In 1999 he was appointed Vice President of Education at University Health Network. He served eight years as the R. S. McLaughlin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto from 2002-2010.

In July 2010, Dr. Reznick assumed the position of Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and Chief Executive Officer of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO).

Dr. Reznick has received numerous awards for his work in education, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medal in Surgery and the James H. Graham Award of Merit, the Association for Surgical Education Distinguished Educator Award, the National Board of Medical Examiners John P. Hubbard Award, the Daniel C. Tosteson Award for Leadership in Medical Education, the 2006 Inaugural University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education. In 2015, he was the recipient of McGill University’s Medicine Alumni Global Award for Lifetime Achievement. Dr. Reznick is a honourary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Dr. Reznick is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered 300 lectures to hospitals, universities and scientific organizations around the world.


Past Recipients

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