Day of Excellence in Academics

Women’s College Hospital’s Day of Excellence in Academics celebrates achievements in research and innovation, quality improvement, teaching, mentorship, practice and collaboration.

​​​As an organization focused on healthcare innovation and system solutions, WCH is working toward implementing a Learning Health System. This approach requires integrating research, key learnings, feedback and quality improvement into everyday processes to provide high-quality patient care.

YOU are the future of healthcare, and we invite you to celebrate your successes on this day!

2023 Agenda

Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership & Innovation, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Interprofessional Poster Presentations, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Awards Ceremony, 1:15 pm-2:00 pm

The Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation is held annually in honour of Dr. Ruderman (1950-2015), a much-loved and respected physician who served in leadership roles as Chief of Staff (2006-2013) and Family Physician in Chief (1992-2014) during his career at Women’s College Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Ruderman was a valued faculty member (1981-2015) with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ruderman is remembered for mentoring generations of physicians in their early careers and inspiring many to champion change across the health care system.​​​​​​​

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Dr. Antoine Boivin and Vincent Dumez, who co-lead the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP) at the Université de Montréal.


About Antoine Boivin

Co-director and scientific director of the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public at the Université de Montréal, Antoine Boivin, MD PhD, is a practicing physician and holds the Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and Communities.

While working as a family physician in Montreal, Antoine completed his MSc and PhD in health services research in the United Kingdom and Netherlands. For the past 15 years, his research program has focused on patient and citizen engagement in community care, health services delivery, science and policy.

He is also co-director of the Quebec SPOR-SUPPORT Unit, where he leads national initiatives on patient and public engagement evaluation. In 2020, he was awarded the Donald I. Rice award for vision and leadership by the Canadian College of Family Physicians.

About Vincent Dumez

Vincent Dumez holds a finance degree and a Master’s in Science of Management from Montreal’s international business school Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC). Until 2010, Mr. Dumez was an associate in one of Montreal’s most influential consulting firms where he acted as a senior strategic consultant. Suffering from severe chronic diseases for more than three decades, Mr. Dumez has been actively involved in the promotion of the patient-partner concept at Université de Montréal. This involvement has come forward over the recent years through the completion of his master’s dissertation on patient-doctor relationship, his contribution to the training of patients, his work on boards of healthcare organizations and his involvement as a speaker in healthcare conferences. Since 2010, Mr. Dumez has developed the patient partnership program at the Faculty of Medicine. He’s now co-leading, with Dr. Antoine Boivin, the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with the Patients and Public.

As part of this event, we’re inviting physicians, nurses, health disciplines, staff, scientists and learners to showcase their work in the form of a poster or infographic.

This year, all accepted submissions will be available for in-person and virtual viewing. The top five submissions will deliver an oral presentation during the event on May 11, 2023. The corresponding author will be notified of their acceptance for an oral presentation.

We want to showcase WCH talent across the board! As such, you are welcome to submit posters/infographics that have been presented elsewhere in the past two years. 

Key dates 
Deadline to submit abstract/form: April 5, 2023
Deadline to submit poster: May 1, 2023
WCH Day of Excellence in Academics: May 11, 2023; poster presentations are at 12:15 pm-1:15 pm.  
Posters displayed at WCH: May 8, 9, 10, 11, 2023

Please note, projects are not eligible for submission if any of the following are true: 
1. The project does not have appropriate organizational approval (for example, REB approval for research projects; APQIP or manager/director approval for QI projects).
2. The project contains sensitive information.
3. Submitters are not able to produce a poster or infographic for the poster gallery. 

  • Please use this form to submit your poster/infographic.
  • Use this link to register for the event.
  • Find the top five posters from last year’s Day of Excellence here.
  • Find the WCH academic poster template here (must be logged onto WCH network).

Apply and nominate your health professional colleagues for awards!

The following are links to individual awards submissions. Awards will be presented in a hybrid awards ceremony during the Day of Excellence in Academics (1:15 pm-2:00 pm). 

Note: Some submissions can only be accessed if logged into the WCH network.

Education Awards   

Collaborative Practice & Professional Practice Awards  

Joan Lesmond Quality Excellence Award 

Best Paper & Mentor Awards

Research Mentor Award Nomination Form

  • Poster template via WCH Intranet (you must be logged onto WCH network to view)
  • Find the top five posters from last year’s Day of Excellence here.