Dr. Gaetan Tardif Fellowship Award

PURPOSE
The Tauba and Solomon Spiro Family Foundation has made a generous commitment to the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Foundation to create the Dr. Gaetan Tardif Fellowship Award in support of a physician resident in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Tardif’s vision for the Fellowship Award is a scholarship to support the cost of the System Leadership & Innovation (SLI) Program at the University of Toronto, with the intention of developing leadership skills for high performing candidates who will ensure that rehabilitation remains at the forefront of health system innovation and change in the future. 

The System Leadership & Innovation (SLI) concentration offered by the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto allows Post Graduate Medical Education students to obtain a non-thesis Master of Science (MSc) focusing on the key aspects of physician leadership for system innovation including leadership and motivation, strategic thinking and planning, research methods for evaluating health system innovation and policy analysis and techniques for system change.

ABOUT THE SYSTEM LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION PROGRAM
The MSc concentration in SLI allows students to obtain a non-thesis MSc with a focus on the key aspects of physician leadership for system innovation including leadership and motivation, strategic thinking and planning, research methods for evaluating health system innovation and policy analysis and techniques for system change. The MSc SLI concentration is offered in two scheduling formats. The full-time format will allow PGME trainees to complete the MSc degree in one year to 4 sessions. The part-time format will allow UME medical students to complete the MSc degree while they are medical students without having to step away from their UME education and will allow PGME trainees to complete the MSc degree without taking a break from their clinical training program.

More information about the program can be found on the website:
https://ihpme.utoronto.ca/academics/rd/system-leadership-and-innovation/

AWARD
The award is given annually in the amount of $8,000 toward the cost of enrollment in the SLI Program.

CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATION
Successful applicants are required to be registered as a postgraduate trainee in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  Applicants should have graduated from a 4-year undergraduate program with at least a B+ standing in the last two years of study from an accredited university.

APPLICATION PROCESS  
Postgraduate Trainees in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto can apply for the award by submitting the following as a complete package via email to Sarah.Cote@uhn.ca

  • 2-page curriculum vitae that provides a summary of academic & leadership experience;
  • Letter of Intent which should outline applicant’s interest in leadership and innovation aspirations, learning goals, research interests and experience relevant to leadership and innovation;
  • 2 confidential letters of reference. One must be from the Residency Program Director or an academic/professional supervisor that indicates to the admissions committee the applicant’s academic ability and career aspirations and a comment on the applicant’s potential benefit from the MSc in System Leadership and Innovation.  The second letter should be provided by a faculty member who can comment on the applicant’s leadership potential and career aspirations

Note: the following will be required at the time of online application to the SLI Program but is not required for this award application:

  • Transcripts
  • A non-refundable application fee of $120.

Incomplete applications will be discarded without consideration

The award application deadline is November 30, 2019 for an admission start date of June 2020.

SELECTION PROCESS

The applications will be reviewed by a Toronto Rehab Award Review Committee. The successful applicant will be notified by mid December. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Cote at Sarah.Cote@uhn.ca