CMHF Award for Medical Students

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2023 Program Report


We recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion strengthen the health sciences, health systems and health care communities and leads to enhanced quality, social relevance and impact of health-related disciplines.  

Throughout all its activities, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame strives to engage and promote the active participation of individuals of diverse backgrounds, including those from historically underrepresented groups. We actively seek a diverse pool of award nominations so that those honoured may reflect the diversity of our communities.



Honouring Excellence.  Preserving History.  Inspiring Generations.

Laureates of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame cite qualities such as perseverance, collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit as contributors to their success as national and world health leaders. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award recognizes medical students who demonstrate these qualities and show outstanding potential as future leaders and innovators of health care in Canada. Each Canadian medical school is invited to nominate one (1) medical student, completing his/her/their second undergraduate year of study at the time of application.


  • Must be a medical student in good standing, completing the second year of study (or ready to begin clerkship in the case of three- year programs)

  • Demonstrated leadership through school involvement and/or community-based volunteer projects or extracurricular activities

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills

  • Academic excellence with a demonstrated interest in advancing knowledge

  • Applicant must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents


  • Each Award has a cash value of $5,000

  • Recipients receive a complimentary ticket and travel subsidy for the 2025 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • The CMHF is committed to the career development of our Award recipients and will make every effort to connect them to our Laureates, board members or friends of the CMHF


  • Application forms are available from the office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) at each Canadian medical school (Not available through the CMHF)

  • Deadline for students to submit an application package to UGME: Friday, May 10, 2024 

  • Following review of all applicants, the Dean of Medicine will submit the nomination of one candidate for this Award to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame by Friday, June 14, 2024

  • Applicants will be notified by their medical school if their nomination has been put forth

  • Nominations received will be reviewed and ratified by the CMHF Board of Directors (if funding is secured for less than 17 awards, the CMHF board will select an equivalent number of award recipients as per the funds secured)

  • Successful recipients will be formally notified by the CMHF by Friday, July 19, 2024

  • A formal announcement will be published in August 2024


Completed and signed Application Form

Available through Undergraduate Medical Education - please DO NOT submit your application directly to the CMHF

A 1,000-word essay which outlines:
  • Why the candidate should be considered for this award – demonstrated leadership, academic excellence and passion about collaboration and innovative thinking in health care leadership

  • The qualities of a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame who inspires the candidate to be a future leader and innovator of health care

A focused Curriculum Vitae

Maximum four pages that demonstrates evidence of academic and leadership achievement, which could include the following elements:

  • Articles and publications
  • Awards related to leadership, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and/or effective collaboration (peer recognition, research and academic projects)
  • Extracurricular activities in a leadership capacity

Three letters of support:

Note: These letters of support are an important component in the selection process and should include sufficient information about the candidate to support the nomination.

  • Two from faculty members (not limited to current school)
  • One from the community (employer, coach, supervisor, mentor (not necessarily a health professional), or other health professionals) 

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About the CMHF

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) celebrates Canadian heroes whose work advances health in Canada and the world, fostering future generations of health professionals through the delivery of local and national youth education programs and awards.

This enduring tribute to our country’s rich medical history is showcased here and in our physical exhibit hall in London, ON