Call for Nominations: The Department of Medicine Michael Gordon Award for Humanism in Medicine

Feb 7, 2020
All day

The Department of Medicine’s top priority is to ensure patients and their families, and their experiences, drive our work. The fundamental principles of "person-centeredness" are open communication, mutual respect, and emotional connection between physicians and their patients.

As an indication of our commitment to the principle of person-centered care, we are delighted to present the Department of Medicine Michael Gordon Award for Humanism in Medicine. This award aims to recognize faculty members who exemplify a deep and abiding commitment to humanism in healthcare. Humanism is understood to be an acknowledgment of other human beings as individuals with autonomy, unique backgrounds, values, and perspectives, and a commitment to address issues of inclusion, equity and social justice.


Nominations are welcome from members of the Department of Medicine, undergraduate and post-graduate trainees, and allied health professionals. Self-nomination is not allowed.


A nomination packet must include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination. Must include the narrative of a specific incident or situation in which a profound commitment to humanistic values was demonstrated.
  2. Up to two letters of support that describe specific stories of the actions and qualities of the nominee consistent with the criteria. (Optional but strongly encouraged)


  • Faculty members of the Department of Medicine
  • University of Toronto Department of Medicine DDDs and Vice Chairs are not eligible for nomination.

The Department of Medicine is strongly committed to diversity within their communities and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of color, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 7, 2020.

Please send all nominations to