Early Career Medical Educators


April 12, 2021

After a very inspiring deliberation of many exceptional nominations, we are delighted to announce the winners of the Early Career Medical Educators 2021 Awards. The ECME Champion and Mentor awards celebrate contributions to the field of medical education, with an emphasis on the advancement, amplification, support, promotion, and mentorship of medical educators – those involved in education scholarship and research in our field.

ECME Champion Awards honour an early career medical educator who, through their advocacy, role modelling, and mentorship, advances the growth, success, and recognition of fellow early career medical educators.

This year’s Champion Award goes to an exceptional early career medical educator:

Dr. Teresa Chan, McMaster University

ECME Mentor Awards honour a mid to senior career faculty member who, through their advocacy, role modelling and mentorship, advances the growth, success, and recognition of early career medical educators.

This year’s Mentor Award goes to co-awardees, Dr. Sophie Soklardis, University of Toronto and Dr. Chris Watling, Western University. 

We thank all nominators and congratulate all nominees. Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our awardees on April 16th, 2021 – 12 to 2pm EST. Information can be found below.


Mahan Kulasegaram, ECME Co-President

Tim V Dubé, ECME Co-President



April 16th, 2021 – 12 to 2pm EST

Joins us at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education where we will recognize our ECME Champion Award & Mentor Award winners for their work in growing

our community of scholars.

This year’s mentorship activity will feature:

Drs. Laura Nimmon, Ming-Ka Chan,

Sayra Cristancho and Lindsay Baker


This activity promises to be an excellent opportunity to gather and learn from

each other and esteemed mentors in our field.

Please click here to register for this virtual activity.

A Zoom link will be sent on April 15th.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!


Early Career Medical Educators (ECME) is a nation-wide community of engaged and collaborative scholars in medical education. We are students, teachers, researchers, clinicians, and leaders in the pursuit of improving education through scholarship. We provide a forum for networking between members as well as connections with senior colleagues and mentors. This includes formal and informal events at the CCME conference where we gather to share and learn from each other as well as more senior mentors in our field.  Our members are actively contributing to CAME in order to grow and support the community of medical and health professions educators in Canada. To join our list serve, please email Dr. Sayra Cristancho (

Our Executive

Mahan Kulasegaram (University of Toronto) & Tim Dubé (Université de Sherbrooke)

Awards Directors:
Laura Nimmon (UBC) & Sarah Wright (University of Toronto)

Communications Director:
Teresa Chan (McMaster University)

Sarah Burm (Dalhousie)

Alumni Members:
Meredith Young (McGill University), Kelly Dore (McMaster University), Lara Varpio (Uniformed Services University)

ECME also celebrates and recognizes the talents of its members and mentors through the ECME Champion Award and the Mentorship Award. The former recognizes early career researchers with an emerging track record of excellence in medical education and the latter recognizes mentorship and support of junior scholars in the field. Past winners include:


2021: Dr. Teresa Chan
2020: Dr. Laura Nimmon
2019: Dr. Sayra Cristancho and Dr. Meredith Vanstone
2018: Dr. Stella Ng
2016: Dr. Rachel Blanchard
2015: Dr. Meredith Young


2021: Drs. Sophie Soklardis, Dr. Chris Watling
2020: Dr. Lara Varpio
2019: Dr. Lorelei Lingard
2018: Dr. Joanna Bates
2016: Drs. Maria Mylopoulos, Tina Martimianakis, Nicole Woods
2015: Dr. Glenn Regehr