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, WCH auditorium or
Interprofessional Poster Presentations, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm, WCH auditorium or
Awards Ceremony, 1:15 pm-2:00 pm, WCH auditorium or

Please note, all programming will be presented in the auditorium and virtually on Zoom. Use the corresponding registration links to watch the virtual presentations. If you’d like to attend the Ruderman Lecture in person, please RSVP to

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. They will be speaking about “Caring and Transforming Health Together: Mobilizing Everyone’s Knowledge Across Trajectories of Lives.”

Watch this year’s lecture

Caring relationships are rooted in the recognition that patients, health professionals and community members are partners in care and health transformation. This talk focuses on two core questions to advance health partnerships further: 1) Beyond “lived experience”, what specific knowledge and expertise do patients bring as care and health transformation partners?; 2) How to expand health partnerships outside the clinical walls and across different trajectories of lives, in alliance with marginalized community members who are often excluded from engagement initiatives? 

Antoine Boivin, MD PhD and Vincent Dumez, MSc CQ, are co-founders of the Center of Excellence for Partnership with Patients and the Public (Université de Montréal) and Partnership co-directors for the Quebec SPOR-SUPPORT Unit for Learning Health Systems.  

Suffering from severe chronic diseases for decades, Vincent led the integration of patient partners in medical training at Université de Montréal in 2010. Since then, he co-developed large-scale patient partnership initiatives in quality improvement, research, education and policy at the national and international levels. In 2022, he was inducted as Knight of the Ordre national du Québec for his national leadership in the patient partner movement.  

Antoine’s life focuses on bringing people and ideas together: through music, community-building, research and care. He works as a family physician and co-leads with a patient the Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and Communities. His current research focuses on the integration of peers in community care teams. He was awarded the Donald I. Rice award for vision and leadership by the Canadian College of Family Physicians.

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.

Watch the Interprofessional Poster Presentations and Awards Ceremony here.

Starting on Monday, May 8 to Thursday, May 11, interprofessional posters will be on display throughout Women’s College Hospital (WCH). 

The poster gallery will be located in the WCH atrium, as well as in the Labyrinth and on the second floor (near the Pink Cube). Be sure to follow the directional signs and check out all the posters on display, representing the breadth of work underway at WCH.

Fill out the accompanying Interprofessional Poster Scavenger Hunt with clues from the posters for a chance to win great prizes! Submit your completed questionnaire with all correct answers by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a gift card.

Use this link to vote to submit your top pick for the People’s Choice Award poster starting May 8. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on May 11 (see below). The link will also be available throughout the poster gallery via QR code. 

The top five submissions will deliver an oral presentation during the event on May 11, 2023. The corresponding authors 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: CLOSED 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.  
Poster Gallery 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.

  • 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