Awards of Excellence
Canadian EMS Research Mentorship Award
Skillful mentoring of developing researchers is vital to a vibrant national research community. CERN-RCRSP has identified the promotion of mentoring as one of its core objectives. To acknowledge time and energy spent mentoring EMS and paramedic research in Canada and to promote excellence in mentoring, CERN-RCRSP will recognize an outstanding mentor each year with the Canadian EMS Research Mentorship Award.
Canadian EMS Research Mentorship Award Objectives
- Acknowledge time and energy spent in the pursuit of EMS and paramedic research mentorship
- Recognize excellence in mentoring
Award Eligibility Criteria
- Mentorship provided to a mentee located in Canada.
- Note this implies the candidate would still be eligible even if they never worked in Canada, as long as the person they were mentoring and for which they are being recognized was in Canada during the mentoring process
- Candidate must have mentored at least one EMS or paramedic researcher within the past five years
Award Selection Considerations
- Number of EMS or paramedic researchers mentored
- Letters of support attesting to quality of mentorship
- Impact of mentor on growth and research success of mentees
- CV of candidate
- Nominators and honourees are notified before the awards ceremony.
The nomination period is open until February 14, 2018. The award will be presented at the CERN-RCRSP 2018 Symposium.
For the first time in 2017, CERN-RCRSP presented this annual award recognizing a wonderful research mentor, Dr. Damon Scales. Dr. Scales is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, an Intensivist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, Canada. He completed his medical training in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto, and then completed a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology. His research evaluates interventions and system-factors that influence outcomes of critically ill patients in the prehospital and in-hospital settings. He has conducted several large quality improvement RCTs focusing on the care of cardiac arrest survivors, include the recently-completed ICE-PACS RCT of prehospital cooling after cardiac arrest. His current research focus is on the prehospital identification and treatment of sepsis; he is the principal investigator of the Paramedic Initiated Treatment of Sepsis Targeting Out-of-hospital Patients (PITSTOP) randomized controlled trial, funded by CIHR.
The 2017 Canadian EMS Research Mentorship Award was presented at the First Annual CERN-RCRSP Conference on Wednesday, April 26th 2017 in Ottawa Ontario.