To encourage the development of future leaders in medicine

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) was established in 1970 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 was instrumental in its growth and development. In 2013, in recognition of the 29 years of leadership she provided to CaRMS, the Board of Directors established the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership (SBSAL).

The purpose of these annual awards is to encourage the development of future leaders in medicine, through public recognition and financial support of undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees who have 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).

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