To be eligible for the Sandra Banner Student Award for Leadership (SBSAL), applicants must be undergraduate medical students or postgraduate medical residents/trainees enrolled full-time in a Canadian medical education program, and residing in Canada as Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Each year, an undergraduate and a postgraduate winner will be selected based on the strength of their individual submissions and accompanying letters of support. Proposed leadership activities will be considered in the context of supporting the applicant’s submission. Please note that individuals who serve or have served on the CaRMS Board of Directors or any of its Committees are not eligible to apply for this award.

Application adjudication

Applications are adjudicated in January – February by the Awards Committee* of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Winners are selected in March and all applicants are notified of the status of their submissions. Applicant names and genders are redacted from evaluation and scoring materials to eliminate potential bias. Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic and work leadership experience
  • Institutional (faculty) support
  • Community impact to date
  • Other leadership qualities
  • Purpose of proposed leadership activity
  • Community scope/impact of proposed leadership activity

Winners are announced in April at the annual CaRMS Forum or at another suitable date/location as determined by the Awards Committee.

Winner’s report

Winners will be asked to submit a report to CaRMS within 30 days following completion of the activity for which this funding is awarded. The report should be 2-3 pages long and include 1-2 photos related to the funded activity. If a winner does not complete the activity for which this funding is awarded, the winner will be required to repay the full amount of the award to CaRMS.


Please note that members of the Awards Committee are not eligible to make nominations or provide letters in support of award submissions.

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