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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 programs and services.

Sandra Banner assumed executive leadership 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. In 2013, recognizing this excellence, and in recognition of the 29 years of leadership Sandra Banner provided to CaRMS, the Board of Directors established the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership.

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

Each award is accompanied by up to $3,000 in 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 awards are presented each year at the annual CaRMS Forum or at another suitable time/location as determined by the Awards Committee.