Resident Award

2022 K.J.R. Wightman Award for Scholarship in Ethics

The Royal College is currently undertaking a systemic review of the awards, grants and visiting professorships programs. As a result, for 2024 this award is currently under review and is on hold until further notice. Updates will be shared on this page as they become available. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we strive to make program improvements for the benefit of all members.

The Royal College presents this award for scholarship in ethics for the best scholarly paper presented by a resident registered in a postgraduate program. The award is named for Dr. Keith J.R. Wightman, Sir John and Lady Eaton Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto Medical School from 1960 to 1970.


  • Submissions must be an original unpublished work developed by a resident during their enrolment within a postgraduate program accredited by the Royal College, and completed within 24 months of end of their postgraduate program.
  • Scholarly papers on an issue in ethics, equity or philosophy of medicine may qualify: papers arising from a clinical case, addressing ethical issues pertinent to the CanMEDS roles (medical expert, communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, professional) in any aspect relevant to the work of the Royal College are welcome.
  • The manuscript must not exceed 6000 words, excluding the bibliography.
  • Papers with multiple authors must be accompanied by a letter or letters from the other authors that most of the work was done by the author entering this competition.
  • Unsuccessful papers may be resubmitted.


  • Submissions must be in PDF format and must be accompanied by an introduction letter and curriculum vitae.
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Submissions will be adjudicated by a panel appointed by the Ethics Committee. The submissions will be rated on the following criteria;

The paper is a useful contribution to the literature.
The paper identifies original topic for analysis or takes a novel position on an established topic.

Quality of literature review
The context of the question is well presented.
Relevant papers, policies, regulations and laws are described appropriately.

Quality of ethical analysis
The ethical analysis is clear and consistent.
Clear and well-reasoned arguments are presented for positions taken in the paper.
The paper considers objections, and gives reasons for rejecting them.

The paper is well written.
Words are spelled correctly, the paper is free of grammatical errors.

The Award

This award is supported by the K.J.R. Wightman Visiting Professorship fund. The recipient will receive $1,000 and a certificate and the award will be announced in Royal College publications.

The Award recipient will be offered the opportunity to have the winning paper posted on the Royal College website.

Past recipients

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