Academic Council

Following the integration of Association of Academic Professionals in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG) and the SOGC in January 2018, the Academic Council was created to support the strategic direction and educational and research goals of the SOGC, while incorporating the mission and mandate of APOG. The Academic Council will evolve into a national voice for women’s health research with a focus on lifelong education from the undergraduate level through to retirement. This council reports to the SOGC Board of Directors.

Upcoming Events

Academic Focus: Medical Educator Day

Optimization of the learning environment and prioritizing trainee education is an essential role in preparing medical students and residents for a successful career in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. Simulation, gamification, and EPAs are being used by Canadian medical educators in creative ways to enhance education and faculty development, and we wish to highlight our incredible teachers and lifelong learners to our OBGYN educator community.

In partnership with the University of Toronto and McMaster University Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the SOGC is proud to host the first Medical Educators Day to provide new and experienced medical educators the opportunity to enhance their teaching and administration activities, while simultaneously networking with other educators. We are also pleased to be able to present the Carl Nimrod Educator awards at this session.


The Excellence in Research Award

The Excellence in Research Award recognises outstanding scientific leadership, research mentoring, creative effort and major research accomplishments of a Canadian researcher (or research group). The recipient of this award is invited to present at the SOGC Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference.

2022 Winner: Dr. Deborah Money
We are pleased to share that 2022 recipient for the Excellence in Research Award is Dr. Deborah Money. Dr. Money is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia. She is a leader in the field of reproductive infectious disease and its impact on women’s health both in Canada and throughout the world. Dr. Money has shown great leadership in training the next generation of researchers including almost 70 individuals that have gone onto receive awards and faculty positions throughout Canada. She is particularly proud of the network of Reproductive Infectious Diseases experts she has trained and mentored that are all across Canada and have provided outstanding leadership for COVID-19 research and knowledge translation through the pandemic.

The Mentorship Award

This award is presented to an SOGC member who demonstrates outstanding commitment to mentoring at a national level and contributes to both the personal and professional development of others. This award is presented at the SOGC Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference.

2022 Winner: Dr. Wendy Wolfman
We are pleased to announce that the 2022 recipient for the Mentorship Award is Dr. Wendy Wolfman. Dr. Wolfman is the program director for the Menopause and Mature Women’s Health Program at the University of Toronto, president of the Canadian Menopause Society and member of the educational committee of the International Menopause Society where she has trained menopause experts across Canada and internationally. In addition to her research and role on the SOGCs guideline committee, Dr. Wolfman has been involved in CME mentorship of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues at the international, national, and regional level.

Best of the Best

The Best of the Best session is a means to showcase the winners of each university's resident research day. The best presentations in this program will receive the Andrée Gruslin (obstetrics) and Robert Reid (gynaecology) awards.

2022 Winners:
Andrée Gruslin : Dr. Charles Litwin, University of British Columbia: Cost-effectiveness of placental growth factor in the evaluation of suspected pre-eclampsia in British Columbia, Canada

Robert Reid: Dr. Jennifer McCall, Queen’s University: Binary influences of mentorship and the COVID-19 pandemic on Impostor Phenomenon among female surgeons

Carl Nimrod Educator Award

The Carl Nimrod Educator Awards honors outstanding achievement within the field of education in obstetrics and gynaecology. Award recipients have varying interests but are alike in their passion for their work and dedication to making a difference whether through teaching practices, mentorship, or research.