McGill FMER: International Awards in Family Medicine Education Research

The McGill Family Medicine Education Research Group (FMER) is proud to announce the sponsorship of ‘The Pierre Pluye International Mixed Methods Thesis and Dissertations Awards in Family Medicine Education’ to celebrate the original and influential contribution of Dr. Pierre Pluye, founding member of the FMER, to the advancement of mixed methods research and mixed studies reviews in general, and of the family medicine education field of inquiry in particular.

These awards are aimed to distinguish the work of promising new researchers committed to the advancement of science in family medicine education research around the world.

As of the academic year 2021-2022, two academic awards – one for the best MSc thesis, and one for the best PhD dissertation – will therefore be granted by an Award FMER Evaluation Committee chaired by Dr. Pluye.

The committee will include at least two other FMER researchers, and two FMER-affiliated graduate students (one MSc student and one PhD student or candidate). 


Submission period: May 1st to August 31st, 2021.
Candidates must have completed their thesis or dissertation no earlier than two academic years prior submission, i.e., before August 31st, 2019.

The thesis or dissertation must meet 3 criteria:

a)be related to research in family medicine education;
b)must uses mixed methods in empirical research and/or literature review;
c)be written in English or French.

Neither the candidate nor the proponent can be members of the McGill FMER group.


Will be announced by December 15th, 2021.
Will be granted CAD $1,000 (PhD dissertation) or CAD $500 (MSc Thesis).
Will be illustrated:

a) in the Monthly Features section of the McGill Department of Family Medicine Newsletter;

b) the Health e-News – McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Electronic Newsletter

c) in the Canadian Medical Education Journal.

Will present their respective works at a special FMER webinar to be held at the end of the winter semester of the academic year they will be awarded. The webinar will then be uploaded at the FMER website.

Application – Procedure

Applications must include the five documents detailed below. Incomplete applications will be disregarded:

• A cover letter in which the candidate clearly indicates the award s/he is applying for (thesis or dissertation);introduces him/herself, the program and institution in which s/he graduated, as well as his/her research supervisors; and briefly describes the investigation conducted.

• An abstract of maximum 500 words that summarizes the thesis/dissertation. Particular attention should be given to the description and justification of the mixed methods (empirical research and/or review) adopted in accordance with GRAMMS (Good Reporting of Mixed Methods Studies), and of the major theoretical, empirical, methodological, and practical contributions to the sciences of family medicine education.

• A copy of the thesis/dissertation in a PDF format.

• An updated version of the candidate’s CurriculumVitae.

• A letter of support from the candidate’s principal research supervisor.

Application packages should be sent by email to the Director of the McGill FMER, Dr. Charo Rodríguez ([email protected]) any time during the four-month application period that will expand from May 1st to August 31st, 2021 (deadline).