Colin R. Woolf Awards

Overview

  • Three awards are available annually:
  • All faculty affiliated with University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine are eligible for the award.
  • Nominations should be made by a faculty member, preferably a department chair or CPD Director. No self-nominations please.
  • An individual who has been previously nominated and has not won an award remains eligible in a succeeding year. An individual will not normally be considered for an award if he or she has won a C.R. Woolf award for teaching excellence or course coordination in the previous three years (inclusive).
  • Nominees will not automatically be considered in alternative categories should they be unsuccessful in one category. However, an individual or group can be nominated in more than one Colin Woolf award category OR be nominated for other CPD awards in addition to the Colin Woolf award in the same year. Each award nomination requires its own application and documentation specific to the award in which the individual/group has been nominated.
  • Winners are selected based upon the supporting documentation received.
  • Each award consists of a $500.00 cash gift.

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Background

Dr. Colin Woolf was one of the first generation of chest physicians in Canada; he came to the University of Toronto after training in both South Africa and in the UK. He pioneered the creation of the Respiratory Failure Unit at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH) back in the 1960s, which is now known as the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Woolf also led the very first Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit in Canada, which is now recognized as an important modality of therapy for patients with advanced lung diseases including COPD. He wrote a textbook on Clinical Respirology, targeting trainees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, teaching them basic skills in Clinical Respirology. He was well known in the university community for handing out multi-color handheld pads for undergrad students to be fully engaged in his lectures; this is now known as a precursor to touchpad questions as part of the interactive CMEs in keeping audience engaged. After Dr. Woolf stepped down as Head of Respirology at Toronto General Hospital, where he had held that position for over a decade, he assumed the role of Associate Dean for CME at the University of Toronto and continued to disseminate the basics of interactive CMEs and push for the high standards from U of T faculty.

“I designed a psychiatry course for family physicians as a new assistant professor; this course won the Colin Woolf Award. The award affected my career in several ways—it helped me have a fast promotion to associate professor, but more importantly, taught me that educational innovation was just as important as research in academia. My career has blossomed by embracing a commitment to both: as a result, now I have CIHR funding both for clinical research and for Knowledge Translation. My ‘bench to bedside’ comes from stimulating interactions with colleagues at CME events, which then informs some of my clinical research.”
Testimonial from winner of Colin Woolf Award for Course Coordination

“It was a great honour to receive the Colin R. Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination. The prestige associated with this award has allowed me to advance the scope of my educational mission across disciplines at a level that goes far beyond my department, faculty, and university, and that has cast me onto to the international stage in a very vigorous, interactive way.”
Testimonial from winner of Colin Woolf Award for Course Coordination


Awards & Fellowships

CPD has eight annual Awards in Continuing Education that recognize excellence in research, scholarship, innovation, teamwork and long term commitment to continuing education for faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. View last years awards winners.

Click on the name of the award to learn more.

Awards Deadline

Deadline for nominations for the previous academic year is November 30 (If November 30 falls on a weekend the deadline will be the following working day).

Awards Eligibility

  • All faculty affiliated with U of T Faculty of Medicine are eligible for consideration.
  • Awards are in recognition of U of T accredited Continuing Education courses only.
  • An individual who has been previously nominated and has not won an award remains eligible in a succeeding year. A new submission is required.
  • An individual will not normally be considered for an award if he or she has won the award in the previous five years. They are however eligible to apply in another category.

Contact

Vashty Hawkins
(416) 946-7903
vashty.hawkins@utoronto.ca