Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Awards

Med I awards

The “Rusty Ames” Therapy Dog Award

Presented to a student who has shown qualities that “Rusty” was well known and respected for: compassion and friendliness to others; volunteerism; and dedication to others.

Application deadline: February 15 annually.

Med II awards

The “Rusty Ames” Therapy Dog Award

Presented to a student who has shown qualities that “Rusty” was well known and respected for: compassion and friendliness to others; volunteerism; and dedication to others.

Application deadline: February 15 annually.

Dr. Alan H. Lipson Memorial Award in Medicine

Presented to a student who has demonstrated participation and leadership through volunteer and extracurricular activities, either in the Max Rady College of Medicine or the community at large. Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee named by the Dean of Max Rady College of Medicine. The successful applicant is notified in advance and presented the award at the annual White Coat Inaugural Ceremony held in August each year.

Application deadline: April 30 annually.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award

Laureates of The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame cite qualities such as perseverance, collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit as contributors to their success as national and world health leaders. Supported by individual donors, The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award seeks to recognize medical students who demonstrate these qualities and who show outstanding potential as future leaders and innovators of health care in Canada. Offered to students completing Med II.

Application deadline: May 14, 2021.

MMSA Citizenship Award

Presented to a student who has shown a remarkable contribution to the social and academic well-being of medical students (for example, contribution to campus events, student leadership or student advocacy). Application form [PDF]

MMSA Katherine Anne Klassen Memorial Community Service Award

Presented to a student who has been active in community service outside the Max Rady College of Medicine and the Bannatyne campus (for example, social advocacy, volunteer work, charitable work, youth or religious groups, etc.) Application form [PDF]

MMSA Leadership Award

Presented to a student who has demonstrated remarkable leadership qualities inside or outside the Max Rady College of Medicine. Application form [PDF]

MMSA Global Health Award

Presented to a student who has made a remarkable contribution to global health. Global health contributions may include, but are not limited to, work in Indigenous, inner city, international or refugee health. Application form [PDF]

Med III awards

CFPC Medical Student Scholarships

These awards recognize outstanding medical students who have demonstrated an interest or commitment to a career in family medicine. Each Canadian medical school is invited to nominate a medical student in their second-last undergraduate year of study at the time of application (Med III). Application deadline: April 13, 2021

CFPC Indigenous Medical Student Scholarship

This award recognizes a top First Nations, Metis, or Inuit medical student in Canada who has shown an interest in or commitment to a career in family medicine. Offered by the College of Family Physicians to students who are completing Med III. IMPORTANT Students must apply directly to the CFPC Honours and Awards Program for the CFPC Indigenous Medical Student Scholarship. Application deadline: March 1 annually

Dr. Alan H. Lipson Memorial Award in Medicine

Presented to a student who has demonstrated participation and leadership through volunteer and extracurricular activities, either in the Max Rady College of Medicine or the community at large. Applications are reviewed by a Selection Committee named by the Dean of Max Rady College of Medicine. The successful applicant is notified in advance and presented the award at the annual White Coat Inaugural Ceremony held in August each year. Application deadline: April 30 annually.

MMSA Citizenship Award

Presented to a student who has shown a remarkable contribution to the social and academic well-being of medical students (for example, contribution to campus events, student leadership or student advocacy). Application form [PDF]

MMSA Katherine Anne Klassen Memorial Community Service Award

Presented to a student who has been active in community service outside the Max Rady College of Medicine and the Bannatyne campus (for example, social advocacy, volunteer work, charitable work, youth or religious groups, etc.). Application form [PDF]

MMSA Leadership Award

Presented to a student who has demonstrated remarkable leadership qualities inside or outside the Max Rady College of Medicine. Application form [PDF]

MMSA Global Health Award

Presented to a student who has made a remarkable contribution to global health. Global health contributions may include, but are not limited to, work in Indigenous, inner city, international or refugee health. Application form [PDF]

Med IV awards

MMSA Citizenship Award

Presented to a student who has shown a remarkable contribution to the social and academic well-being of medical students (for example, contribution to campus events, student leadership or student advocacy). Application form [PDF]

MMSA Katherine Anne Klassen Memorial Community Service Award

Presented to a student who has been active in community service outside the Max Rady College of Medicine and the Bannatyne campus (for example, social advocacy, volunteer work, charitable work, youth or religious groups, etc.). Application form [PDF]

MMSA Leadership Award

Presented to a student who has demonstrated remarkable leadership qualities inside or outside the Max Rady College of Medicine. Application form [PDF]

MMSA Global Health Award

Presented to a student who has made a remarkable contribution to global health. Global health contributions may include, but are not limited to, work in Indigenous, inner city, international or refugee health. Application form [PDF]

Med I - IV awards

Elective travel

All Med 1, 2, 3 and 4 students have an opportunity to apply for additional elective travel support in June the year they will enter into Med IV in the fall. The support request may be for specific or generalized funding to supplement elective travel expenses during the upcoming academic session. The number of bursaries granted is limited to the amount of funding available and the number of applications received. If there is a surplus of applications, priority for funding will be given to students who have previously demonstrated financial need through their university bursary application.

Application deadline: August 30 annually

Application form [PDF]

Sigga Christianson Houston Travel Award 

The Sigga Christianson Houston Travel Award is a bursary award open to UGME students who:

  • show demonstrated financial need on their university bursary application;
  • are either (a) registered through the summer early exposure program or (b) are completing clinical electives; and
  • complete their eligible clinical elective in a remote northern community within Canada or an underserviced location internationally; under the supervision of a family medicine or pediatrics physician.

Application deadline: August 30 annually

Application form [PDF]

The Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity

The Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity provides opportunities for undergraduate medical students to engage in learning activities that address health equity and social accountability, both local and global. Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Award criteria [PDF]

Application form [PDF]

Conference travel

Undergraduate medical education students planning to present a paper or poster at a national or international conference may be eligible to receive funding towards this experience once during their four years of medical school training. Conference travel support is allocated on a first come first serve basis, as long as financial resources remain available, with a February 20 cut off each academic year to allow processing prior to the March 31 fiscal year end. Priority is given to those who have demonstrated financial need. Travel receipts, copy of paper or poster abstract and proof of conference acceptance are required from presenter applicants, prior to funding being released. Application deadline: February 20 annually.

Application form [PDF]

Other funding opportunities

The CMA 150th Anniversary Bursaries and Awards Program

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017. As part of the celebrations, the newly created CMA 150th Anniversary Bursaries and Awards program builds on the CMA legacy of contributing to a strong and meaningful future for the medical community. For more information, visit the CMA website.

Thanking your donors

It is important to acknowledge the effort and initiative of donors who have established scholarships, prizes or bursaries, either in loving memory of a family member or previous classmates.

Expressing your thanks is also considered to be an act of professionalism.

Therefore, recipients of named awards, bursaries or scholarships are required to send a thank-you note to the donor with a copy to UGME Awards, effective immediately.

Students who do not send a thank-you note will be deemed ineligible for subsequent scholarships and awards.

If you need assistance identifying the donor and/or finding their contact information, contact UGME Awards.

Sample thank-you letter

When writing a thank-you letter it can be difficult to know where to begin. We have provided sample text below to help you get started.


Student name
Address
City, province, postal code

 

Date

 

Donor name
Address
City, province, postal code

 

Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms/Miss/Dr.,

I am writing to thank you for providing the (name of award) through the Max Rady College of Medicine. As a (year of study) student in the Undergraduate Medical Education Program, I am thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of your award.

(Personalize this paragraph to speak to your interest in medicine, favourite subjects, extracurricular activities, a personal story, or highlight learning experiences from the past year.)

I am truly grateful for your support, and look forward to paying your generosity forward when I complete my studies here at the University of Manitoba.

Sincerely,

(signature)

Student name

For more information about UGME awards, email AwardsUGME@umanitoba.ca.

Convocation awards

Dr. John Embil Award for Excellence in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Self-nomination

The purpose of this fund is to encourage interest in, and to recognize excellence in, the study of infectious disease.

The award is presented to the graduating student, who:

  • has demonstrated a commitment to the field of infectious diseases
  • is judged by the selection committee to have future potential in this field

Examples of the applicant’s commitment may include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and preparation of case reports for review articles (may be B.Sc. Med or non-B.Sc. Med med related research)
  • Clinical activities locally, nationally, internationally and/or overseas elective

Required documentation:

  • Signed statement/letter describing commitment to the area of infectious diseases to support self-nomination (maximum 500 words)
  • Two reference letters from faculty members that are familiar with applicant’s accomplishments in the field of infectious diseases
  • One page summary of five most relevant achievements with a brief description of each achievement
  • Curriculum vitae

Fairgrieve Mcbane Award

Nominations may come from classmates or faculty

The purpose of this convocation prize is to recognize the academic achievements of graduating students in the Max Rady College of Medicine.

This prize is presented to the graduating student who has demonstrated the most genuine compassion and profound interest in caring for those in need of medical assistance.

Required documentation:

  • Classmate or faculty submits a nomination letter with a brief description outlining why nominee is a suitable candidate to receive this award
  • Nominee submits letter of suitability (maximum 250 words)
  • Curriculum vitae

James Walker Wood, MD Convocation Prize in Family Medicine

Self-nomination, classmate, or faculty

This is a prize for a student who has demonstrated excellence in his or her performance during the family medicine rotation and has been accepted to the family medicine program (any stream) at the University of Manitoba.

This prize is presented to the graduating student who:

  • Is a Canadian citizen
  • Has demonstrated leadership qualities and involvement in extra-curricular activities such as medical research, community participation, music, drama, etc.
  • Has demonstrated interest and leadership in the field of family medicine which could include participation in the sweat program, the northern summer student work program, rural family medicine interest groups, etc.
  • Has excelled in core and elective family medicine rotations

Preference will be given to a candidate who is from a rural community and/or has expressed interest in rural family medicine.

Required documentation:

  • Self-nominee, classmate or faculty submits a letter explaining why nominee is a suitable candidate to receive this prize.
  • Nominee submits statement describing accomplishments and interest in the field of family medicine (maximum 500 words);
  • Letter of support from a practicing family physician
  • Curriculum vitae

Katherine Klassen Memorial Award

Classmate or faculty member/instructor

This is an award offered in remembrance of katherine klassen, who was an undergraduate student in the Max Rady College of Medicine (formerly the Faculty of Medicine) from September 2005 to the time of her death, July 14, 2008. This award’s intention is to carry on the legacy of Katherine Klassen, which was to treat every patient with compassion and dignity and to take a patient-centered approach to the provision of care.

  • Presented to the graduating student who is recognized by their peers and instructors as having demonstrated a high level of compassion, humanism, and as having modeled a patient-centred approach to care.

Required documentation:

  • Classmate or faculty submits a nomination letter outlining why nominee is a suitable candidate to receive this award
  • Nominee submits letter of suitability
  • Letter of support from non-physician (in addition to nomination letter)
  • Curriculum vitae

Lukasz Czarnecki Memorial Award

Self-nomination, classmate, or faculty

This is an award in memory of Lukasz Czarnecki. Luke was a medical student in the Faculty of Medicine when he died in a tragic accident in 2003. He was an inspiring physician who brought commitment, compassion, integrity and an understanding towards the needs of others.

This award is presented to the graduating student who:

  • Has been ranked highly during the internal medicine selection process
  • Has shown commitment to the service of others through compassion, integrity and understanding towards their needs
  • Enrolls full-time in the next academic session in PGME, Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba

Required documentation:

  • Self-nominee, classmate or faculty submits a statement describing why nominee is a suitable candidate to receive this award (250 words maximum)
  • Nominee provides statement (400 words maximum) describing service to others that includes examples of leadership qualities
  • Two reference letters from faculty that are familiar with nominee’s accomplishments
  • One page summary of five most relevant achievements with a brief description of each achievement
  • Curriculum vitae

MMCF – Jack Hildes Memorial Convocation Prize

Self-nomination or classmate

This convocation prize is presented to a graduating student who best demonstrates the qualities of humanity, personal discipline, keen curiosity, scientific inquiry, social responsibility, and good citizenship, which enhance a career in medicine and advance the health of the community.

Required documentation:

  • Self-nominee or classmate submits nomination letter explaining how nominee meets the qualities listed above
  • Nominee submits letter of suitability (maximum 500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae

MMCF - Robin Krause Human Values Convocation Prize

Self-nomination, classmate or faculty

This fund is offered to support the work of the Human Values Program of the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. The aim of this program is to promote the attitudes and skills necessary for the practice of total patient care including the promotion of health and well-being to undergraduate, graduate and practicing physicians in Manitoba.

This prize is presented to the graduating student who best exhibit the traits inherent in the Mission Statement and goals of the Human Values Program:

a) Demonstrates an understanding of, and leadership in, total patient well-being including;

  • The doctor-patient relationship as well as a physician’s responsibility to society as a whole
  • The ethical and legal aspects of practicing good clinical medicine
  • The non-biomedical issues that affect quality of patient care
  • That the physician is a member of a team relieving illness and promoting health
  • The broader organizational, economic, cultural and political issues which influence individual ethical decisions

b) Has demonstrated a good understanding and use of psychosocial skills

Required documentation:

  • Self-nominee, classmate or faculty submits nomination letter
  • Nominee submits letter of suitability
  • Two reference letters - one from faculty, one from non-physician
  • One page summary of five most relevant achievements with a brief description of each one
  • Curriculum vitae

Doctors Manitoba Student Leadership Prize

Self-nomination

This fund is offered to support a student who is actively engaged in supporting undergraduate medical students as member of Manitoba’s medical profession.

This prize is presented to the graduating student who best exhibits student leadership.

Required documentation:

  • Self-nominee
  • Nominee submits a statement (max. 500 words) describing their accomplishments in the area of student leadership, which may include one or more of the following:
    • How they have nurtured unity of the student body by promoting activities or peer support
    • How they have promoted initiatives that enhance medical student health and wellness,
    • How they have advocated for improved access to or raising awareness of significant health issues, and/or
    • How they have contributed to the professional and political bodies that have a positive impact on student life, such as the MMSA, the CFMS or the like
  • Candidates may be required to participate in a panel interview if necessary

Patricia Chapter No. 8 Order of the Eastern Star Prize

Self-nomination

This fund is offered to reward graduating students in the undergraduate medical education program who have demonstrated excellence in patient care and leadership.

This prize is presented to the graduating student who best exhibits:

  • Demonstrated excellence in the area of patient care and leadership
  • Had prior training and/or a career in an allied health field

Required documentation:

  • Self-nominee
  • Nominee submits a statement (max. 500 words) describing their prior training and/or career in an allied health field (examples may be nursing, occupational/physical therapist, audiology, etc.), as well as their accomplishments in the area of patient care and leadership
  • Letter of support from a clinician supervisor attesting to their excellence in patient care
  • Curriculum vitae

Additional information on Convocation prizes is available here [PDF].

PGME administered awards

To learn more about PGME award opportunities, visit the PGME Trainee Resources Community on Entrada. You can also contact Tashanna Gabbidon at 204-789-3498.

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PARIM awards

Departmental awards

For information about awards administered by departments, please use the following links.

External funding and awards

Financial aid

Student supports

If you're facing financial hardship, or need support to pay your expenses as a student, there are programs available to help you. Apply for a loan, find on-campus employment or use our on-campus food bank.

Emergency supports

If you are facing unexpected financial distress, or have had a significant change in your financial situation, consider accessing the RFHS emergency assistance student bursary program or the UMSU Hardship Fund.

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