Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership

To encourage the development of future leaders in medicine

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) was established in 1969 to provide a transparent and fair process to match medical trainees with residency positions throughout Canada. CaRMS has earned international recognition for the high standards of its SBSAL application form programs and services.

Sandra Banner became the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of CaRMS in 1986 and she has been instrumental in the growth and development of CaRMS. Sandra Banner has a passion for medical education and is a strong advocate for the voice of the students in matters that have an impact on their careers and life plans.

A key governance characteristic of CaRMS is the participation of medical trainees, both undergraduate and postgraduate, as directors. The quality of the student leaders is exceptional as they participate in the Board and board subcommittees of CaRMS. Recognizing this excellence, and in honour of the over 25 years of leadership Sandra Banner has provided to CaRMS, the Board of Directors established the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership.


The purpose of this annual award is to encourage the development of future leaders in medicine, through public recognition and financial support of one undergraduate and one postgraduate medical trainees who have demonstrated interest in/aptitude for leadership.


This award is accompanied by funding to support learners’ proposed leadership activities, e.g., leadership conferences (including registration, travel and accommodation), formal leadership education at an accredited educational institution, or for a leadership elective (with defined leadership development goals).


The award is presented each year at the annual CaRMS Forum or at another suitable time/location as determined by the Awards Committee.

Suggested eligibility selection criteria and process

To be eligible for the award, applicants must be undergraduate medical students or postgraduate medical residents/trainees enrolled full-time in a Canadian medical education program, and residing in Canada. One undergraduate and one postgraduate winner will be selected based on the strength of their individual submissions and accompanying letters of support. Proposed leadership activities will be considered in the context of supporting the applicant’s submission.

Application adjudication:

Applications will be adjudicated January – February 2015 by the Awards Committee of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Winners will be selected by late February and all applicants will be notified of the status of their submissions. The winners will be announced at the 2015 annual CaRMS Forum or at another suitable date/location as determined by the Awards Committee.

Winner’s report:

Winners will be asked to submit a report to CaRMS within 30 days following completion of the activity for which this funding is awarded. The report should be 3-5 pages long and include 1-2 photos related to the funded activity. If a winner does not complete the activity for which this funding is awarded, the winner will be required to repay the full amount of the award to CaRMS.