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Canadian Paediatric Society

Anna Jarvis Paediatric Emergency Medicine Teaching Award

The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Section established the Anna Jarvis Paediatric Emergency Medicine Teaching Award in 2010 to recognize an individual in the field of paediatric emergency medicine who has been identified as an exceptional educator at all levels - undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing education.

The award is presented during the CPS Annual Conference during the section’s programming and the recipient receives a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $500.

Awarded every other year, the next award will be presented in 2020.

Current recipient(s): Dr Marilyn Li

Dr Marilyn Li

Dr Marilyn Li is a retired Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) specialist. She graduated in Medicine from McGill in 1968 and after a hiatus to raise a family, obtained her FRCP (Paediatrics) in 1977.  She began working in the ED of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in 1978 and was appointed Chief in 1985. 

During her 10 year term, she developed local and national PALS courses in close conjunction with the CPS (and Dr. Jarvis) and the AAP, established a PEM fellowship program at CHEO as well as a clinical research program in PEM.  She was also actively involved in establishing PEM as an accredited subspecialty at the RCPSC.  From 1992-98 she was a member of the AAP’s Committee on Scientific Meetings as the representative from PEM.  

In 2014, CAEP established a Dr. Marilyn Li Leadership Award in PEM and in 2015, the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa created a Dr. Marilyn Li Teaching Award.  She lives in Ottawa with Ming Li, her husband of 51 years. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 

About Dr. Anna Jarvis

Dr. Anna Jarvis has trained and worked across Ontario for most of her career. She has held a succession of academic appointments at the University of Toronto over more than 30 years, and clinical positions at hospitals including The Hospital for Sick Children and Credit Valley Hospital. In the last ten years, she has begun assuming a more active role in student development at the Faculty of Medicine, where she has been associate dean since 2006. She was an active member of the national task force that led to the accreditation of paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; she also took part in the development of PEM as an independent subspecialty.

Dr. Jarvis has received a host of teaching awards, with trainees now working on all continents as leaders in their departments, divisions or research fields.


The candidate must:

  • Be recognized by trainees of all levels (medical student, residents and fellows) to be an excellent educator.
  • Be recognized by colleagues as an excellent educator.
  • Have taught in a spectrum of different learning environments (e.g. divisional lectures, conference based workshops, simulation, outreach PALS/APLS courses, plenary lectures at large conferences, etc.).
  • Have shown excellence in education at the local, provincial and national level by being a sought after speaker for conferences and CME events.
  • Have shown excellence in education at the international level by speaking at multiple international conferences/meetings.

Current section executives are not eligible for nomination and cannot nominate candidates while serving their terms.


Submissions must include:

  • Three letters of support (Maximum 2 pages each) from:
    • A current paediatric emergency medicine colleague who is a CPS member.
    • A current non-paediatric emergency medicine colleague (e.g. family physician, adult emergency physician).
    • Former trainees – medical students, resident, fellows.
  • A copy of the nominee’s updated curriculum vitae. Maximum 3 pages.

Submit your nominations using the Submit Nomination button.

This award is sponsored by the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Section.

Past recipients


Dr. Vincent Grant


Dr. Gina Neto


Dr. David McGillivray

Last updated: Aug 16 2018