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2017 CFMS-MD Financial Management Leadership Awards

2017 - CFMS-MD Financial Management Leadership Awards:

The CFMS and MD Financial Management want to recognize some of the passionate, dedicated and caring medical student leaders across Canada who have made innovative contributions to their schools and communities.

In recognition of their achievements, one student from each of the 14 member schools of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) will receive a Medical Student Leadership Award consisting of a certificate of recognition, a cash prize of $2 000 and free attendance and travel to the CFMS Spring General Meeting in Montreal on April 28-29, 2017.

INSTRUCTIONS:

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants can only submit one application per person. However, you may access and edit your application anytime up until the deadline, January 13th, 2017, 11:59PM EST, by navigating to Members -> Member's Home -> User Menu -> CFMS-MD Financial Management Leadership Award -> My Application.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THIS DEADLINE. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS TIME, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON, WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.

All ongoing applications will be automatically submitted, with applications remaining open for edits up until the deadline. There is no official submit 'button,' but please ensure that all components of the application are complete before the deadline.

All incomplete applications at the time of deadline will be automatically disqualified.

Lastly, please be aware that all word/page limits are firm cut-offs. Any applications that exceed the word limit in any category will be automatically disqualified.

APPLICATION (4 parts):

1. Personal Statement (500 word maximum - please include your total word count at the end of your personal statement)

Your personal statement should focus on the following aspects of your leadership accomplishments:

      • Describe your contributions to medical student life and/or the broader community. 
      • Outline the ways in which you support others to engage with their communities and achieve their goals (personal, professional, wellness, etc).
      • Identify two qualities which you believe are essential to medical student leadership and describe how you have worked to foster them within yourself and others through your leadership activities. 

Applicants are encouraged to highlight new or innovative aspects of their achievements and the unique contributions they have made to medical student and community life.

2. Resume/CV(1-2 pages maximum)

Please outline your activities from one year prior to starting medical school up until now which you feel are relevant for the selection committee to consider.

3. Letter of Good Standing from your Faculty of Medicine

A formal Letter of Good Standing can be requested from your Registrar’s or Undergraduate Medical Education office, and should be scanned to be included in your application. Your Letter of Good Standing should be recent within 4 months of the competition deadline.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official Letters of Good Standing obtained through your faculty will be accepted. Please be aware that these are different than confirmations of enrollment, as they indicate your current status as a practicing medical student within the faculty. Anything other than a formal Letter of Good Standing will not be accepted and will result in your application being incomplete.

4. Two Reference Letters

Please provide two reference letters (maximum between 400-600 words each; please communicate this limit to your references) from individuals who are familiar with your leadership accomplishments. One letter must be from a current medical student at your school, the second can be from anyone of your choosing such as a resident, faculty member, community leader, physician mentor, employer etc. Please include the contact information, including phone number and email address, of both referees. Referees may be contacted by the CFMS to verify activities and leadership contributions of the applicant.

Please note that reference letters must be uploaded manually into your online application. This can be done by the referees themselves, with you assistance in accessing the application, or by yourself. If you are uploading reference letters on behalf of your referees, please remain mindful of your professionalism and keep all letters confidential and unedited.

Eligibility:

Any medical student attending a CFMS member school. Students who hold or have previously held a position on the CFMS Executive Committee or as a CFMS Officer during their medical studies are ineligible to apply.

CFMS membership is based on your membership within your respective medical student societies. Therefore, for specific inquiries regarding your status as a CFMS member, and therefore your eligibility for the award competition (i.e. student's on leave, MD/PhD students, etc.), please consult with your medical student society and their bylaws to determine your status as a member.

Awards Selection:

The Selection Committee consists of CFMS Alumni who were active medical student leaders and are now residents and staff physicians. Applications are reviewed using a multi-evaluator scoring process in an effort to provide fair and reasonable consideration of all applicants. 

The CFMS considers professionalism to be an extremely important value for all medical students to uphold. As a result, any applicant who is considered to have falsified information on their application will be reviewed and may be disqualified from award consideration.

Deadline:

The online application will be availble shortly. Applications are due by 11:59pm EST, Friday, January 13th, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE TO THIS DEADLINE. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THIS TIME, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON, WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED.

Winners will be notified via email and announced at the CFMS Spring General Meeting, April 28-29, 2017.

Documentation:

For more information on the documentation, rollover on the question mark bubbles. Only PDF, Doc and Docx files will be accepted.

Award Distribution:

Award winners will be invited to receive their award in person during the CFMS Spring General Meeting in Winnipeg on April 28th-29th, 2017. For winners who cannot attend the meeting, the CFMS Representative from your school will accept the award on your behalf. Cash prizes will be distributed in person at SGM or by mail following SGM. A short bio outlining the winners’ accomplishments will be posted at www.cfms.org and may be used by MD Financial Management for the promotion of award winners.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Han Yan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE: DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS January 13th, 2017, 11:59PM EST

APPLY HERE!

For Applications already in progress, please visit
'Members → Member's Home →User Menu → CFMS-MD Financial Management Leadership Award → My Applications'