The Dr. Ian Witterick Excellence in Mentorship and Education Fund

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This endowed fund was established by Dr. Witterick's Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery Fellows. It honours his commitment to mentorship in otolaryngology and the extensive impact he has had on surgical education and training at U of T. Please join his fellows in acknowledging his life-long dedication to mentorship and the significant positive influence he has had on the careers of many young surgeons. 

Terms of Reference

Overview
Established by former fellows of Dr. Witterick, this award honours his commitment to mentorship in otolaryngology and the extensive impact he has had on surgical education, training and his significant positive influence he has had on the careers of many young surgeons at U of T.

The Dr. Ian Witterick Excellence in Mentorship and Innovation Award is to be awarded annually to at least one recipient, on the basis of excellence in one or more of the following areas: research, education, mentorship and/or innovation. Award(s) are open to all postgraduate trainees (residents and fellows) in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee, chaired by the Department's Program Director. 


Evaluation Criteria
The Evaluation Committee will comprise the Department’s Program Director (Chair of the Committee), Vice-Chair Research or designate from the Research Committee, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and Director of Continuing Professional Development. Others may be invited at the discretion of the Committee Chair. 

A call for nominations for the award will be solicited from faculty based on a resident’s or fellow’s demonstrated excellence in one or more areas of research, education, mentorship and innovation. The committee will adjudicate nominations and select a winner. The award will be given out during the department’s annual research dinner or day (or other suitable departmental function if circumstances change). The award will comprise a certificate and monetary award. 

If more than one nomination is deemed appropriate for an award, all recipients will receive a certificate and the available monetary award will be divided by the Evaluation Committee into amounts deemed appropriate (the monetary awards do not have to be equal but the total value cannot exceed the amount available in any given year). Awards will not be given based on future available awards. If there is no suitable candidate for an award in any given year, the award will be kept available for future years or at the discretion of the Program Director, unused funds may be put into the fund’s endowed funds.
 

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