Fall Formal Awards Descriptions

SMSS Fall Formal Awards Policy & Award Descriptors 

No single person or student group can win the same award two years in a row. The VP Internal Jr, in conjunction with the Regina and Saskatoon Social Directors, will be responsible for keeping this list and passing it down to their successor to keep track and ensure this is carried through.  

All student awards will be organised by the current SMSS VP External Jr, including Spirit of the Class for Med 1, 2 and 3.  Spirit of the Class for each class will only be voted on by that class.  

Med 4 Class Reps will be responsible for coordinating Senior Stick, Med 4 Spirit of the Class and Clinical teacher of the year, as these awards are given out at the Grad Banquet in June. Therefore these awards are only voted on by Med 4/ Phase D. Awards winners of these awards will be announced at Fall Formal  

All nominations and voting for awards will be done anonymously. The VP Internal Jr. will seek nominations from the student body, present these nominations to the entire student body to vote on, and select their top candidates, and these will then be voted on by the entire SMSS student body.   

VP Internal Jr will conduct nomination and voting for these awards in the Spring each year. All SMSS students can nominate only one person for each award.

VP Internal Jr will accept nominations via online submission (Fluid Surveys). Top Candidates will be put on ballots for voting, and all students will be able to vote via Fluid Surveys. Nominees will be posted on the SMSS website. Award winners will not be announced until Fall Formal. Once award winners are announced, a list of award winners needs to be updated on the SMSS website by the VP Internal Jr.  

Pre-clinical Teacher of the Year

The Pre-clinical Teacher of the Year will be a pre-clinical professor who is held in high regard and goes above and beyond expectations in their interactions with medical students. The first year class will select the recipient by secret ballot from a list of nominees collected by the Class Representatives and acknowledged at the fall formal. The winner of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Clinical Teacher of the Year

The Clinical Teacher of the Year will be a clinician who is held in high regard and goes above and beyond expectations in their interactions with medical students. The recipient will be selected by the fourth year class each March and acknowledged at graduation. Nominations and voting by secret ballot will be coordinated by the Dean’s office. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Spirit of the College

The Spirit of the College will be a student that has displayed high levels of professionalism and humanism, bettered the lives of the medical students of the College, furthered the interests and visibility of medical students and contributed to community projects and initiatives. The recipient will be selected by the Council from a list of nominees collected by the Class Representatives and acknowledged at the fall formal. If no suitable applicants are nominated the award will not be presented. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Spirits of the Class

The Spirits of the Class will be students held in high regard by the rest of their class that have furthered the interests and visibility of their class. The recipients will be selected by each class from a list of nominees collected by the Class

Representatives and acknowledged at the fall formal. The recipient of these awards will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Honorary SMSS President

The Honorary SMSS President will be a member of the administration or staff who has contributed to the enhancement of student life. The recipient will be selected by the Council from a list of nominees collected by the Class Representatives and acknowledged at the fall formal. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Senior Stick

The Senior Stick is awarded to a graduating student that has made a significant contribution to the social dynamic of their class and supported the development of a strong class bond. The recipient will be selected by the fourth year class from a list of nominees collected by the fourth year Class Representatives and acknowledged at the graduation banquet.

Student Group of the Year

To be awarded to the student group in the College of Medicine that has best served its students through enhancing the student experience and contributing to the non-curriculum based education of the student body. Activities such as skills enhancement workshops, lunch-hour events, speaker sessions and ‘Meet-and-Greets’ are examples of activities a group may provide that enhance the student experience. The award is intended for a group that is committed to promoting supplemental learning opportunities. This award will be granted following the process outlined with two votes given to each ratified SMSS Student Group to be tallied with the Council vote. Student Groups are unable to vote for their own group. The winning student group will receive an engraved plaque, as well as $250 to be spent on a catered lunch for the group.  

Community Health Service and Development Award

To be awarded to a student in the College of Medicine who demonstrates exemplary volunteerism in the local community within Saskatchewan, and who uses his/her skills for the betterment of the community, going above and beyond expectations. Individuals nominated for this award show great initiative in developing and promoting awareness of their cause/causes. Going beyond the purely clinical aspect of medicine, these nominees strive to address the social determinants of health in the local community. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Global Health Service and Development Award

To be awarded to a student in the College of Medicine who demonstrates dedication to health improvement on the global frontier through participating in an international project, extracurricular studies in Global health and/or global health group. The recipient will have experience in global health research, innovation and/or participation. Preference will be given to those who have taken personal initiatives. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Student Wellness Initiative Award

To be awarded to a student in the College of Medicine who shows commitment to the promotion of healthy lifestyles among students and medical professionals. This person has a strong focus on overall wellbeing and encourages a balance of physical, mental and emotional health. The student may also be involved in various wellness initiatives, either individually or as part of a group. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

Student Participation Award

To be awarded to a student in the College of Medicine who enhances the student experience for all, through participation in academic and non-academic College of Medicine activities. This person does not necessarily belong to student groups or lead committees, but continuously makes an effort to volunteer and support student and College events. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.

MVP Regina Award

To be awarded to a student in the College of Medicine who continuously strives to promote the morale and feeling of community in the Regina site. The recipient will be selected for their commitment to the promotion of and participation in events or activities that improve student life in Regina. They will consistently advocate for both current and future students of Regina. The recipient of this award will receive a personalised plaque recognising their achievement.