The International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2016 Program Administrator Award for Innovation and Excellence, Ms. Candice Stroud!
Ms. Stroud has been program administrator (PA) for the Anesthesia Residency Program at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) for two years, and brings more than 13 years of experience in postgraduate medical education to the role.
In her short time in her current role, she has made a significant impact on the Anesthesia Residency Program, and has proven to be a critical resource for residents, faculty, the Residency Program Committee, and her program director.
Since coming onboard as PA, Ms. Stroud has played a critical part in helping to improve the quality of all facets of the Anesthesia Residency Program, and has assumed a strong leadership role within a program that spans more than 40 residents and 80 clinical faculty members, spread out across four hospitals and two hospital corporations. She is dedicated to finding new and unique ways to help residents navigate any challenges they may encounter during their training, and has been responsible for implementing major changes within her program, which have proven to greatly benefit residents, and the Anesthesia Residency Program, overall.
Notably, Ms. Stroud has been responsible for spearheading her program’s shift away from paper and towards electronic records for residency programs; creating a brand new electronic anesthesia residency program manual; guiding the process of establishing a more robust mentorship program for residents; and helping to streamline the CaRMS file review and interview process for her program.
As PA, Ms. Stroud is also a tireless resident advocate, and has made many concrete contributions in the area of resident wellness.
“Candice does not put limits (other than Professionalism) around her job description,” said Program Director Dr. Karen Raymer, in her nomination package, speaking to Ms.Stroud’s dedication to her role as PA.
“There are no limits to the time she puts in; her availability to me and to the residents; her innovation and proficiency; and her dedication. She consistently looks for how she could improve on the status quo”.
The Program Administrator Award for Innovation and Excellence recognizes an individual who:
- Has demonstrated commitment to excellence and innovation with regards to the administration of the residency education program;
- Has had a lasting impact on the quality of his/her residency education program and has demonstrated measurable outcomes beyond their program as witnessed through the accreditation process;
- Has proven effective peer leadership and mentorship ability in the Program Administrator role;
- Embodies and integrates the values of the (Administrative) CanMEDS Roles (Professionalism, Communicator, Collaborator, Manager/Leader, Health Advocate) as evidenced in the evaluation process and in meeting with the standards of the Royal College; and
- Has a strong track record for promoting ethical and wellness behaviours for their residency program.
Ms. Stroud will officially receive her award in Niagara Falls, Canada, during ICRE 2016. For more information on this and other ICRE awards, visit our website.
Please join us in congratulating Ms. Stroud on this prestigious and well-deserved honour!