Eligibility: Any resident enrolled in a Canadian residency program, and fellow-in-training, in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the time of the contest deadline.

Requirements: An original investigative work in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation done by residents/fellows will be eligible. In the case of published works or works submitted for publication, the resident must be the primary author or major investigator. A major investigator is expected to design and write up the project. This includes the literature search and construction of the project.

Guidelines: Submissions should be written in a style suitable for submission to the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine and be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 200 words.

Language: The CAPM&R will accept submissions in either French or English. However, in order to meet the guidelines for publication in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, authors are required to submit an English translation of the accompanying abstract by July 31. Authors who do not provide an English translation may still present at the CAPM&R conference, but their abstract will not be forwarded to the Journal for publication. All submissions should be approved by the research or program director of that resident. In some cases, a letter may be requested from the research or program director stating that the resident has done the major amount of the work.

Prize: Cash prize of $200.00, a commemorative plaque, airfare for one and three nights single accommodation at the site of the CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting, allowance for meals and two tickets to the CAPM&R Annual Dinner. An abstract of the winning paper will be posted on the CAPM&R website and published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. The winner will be invited to present the paper at the meeting’s scientific session (15 minute presentation).

Deadline: All entries must be submitted using the online abstract module found under the "Annual Meetings" tab.  For additional information: (613) 507-0483 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLEASE NOTE: Contest and Abstract submissions are reviewed separately. Non-winning contest submissions are not automatically accepted for poster presentation at the conference. Separate abstract submissions are required to be considered for poster presentation.

Award Recipients

Year First Name Last Name Paper Title
2015 Heather MacKenzie Screening adherence for depression post stroke: evaluation of outpatients, a London experience (sad people)
2014 Lauren Reid Going places: does the two-minute walk test predict the six-minute walk test in lower extremity amputees?
2013      
2012 Mark Campbell "Gene Expression in Patients With Severe Knee Osteoarthritis: Comparing Those With to Those Without Contracture"
2011      
2010      
2009      
2008 Scott Weibe "Using modified rankin scores to evaluate stroke rehabilitation: a functional independence measure derivation"
2007 Ryan Skrabek “A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Trial Assessing the Effect of the Oral Cannabinoid Nabilone on Pain and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia”
2006 Nasim Amirjani “Randomized Controlled Trial of Post Surgical Electrical Stimulation to Promote Nerve Regeneration in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”
2005 Corrie Graboski “Botulinum Toxin A versus Bupivicaine Trigger Point Injections for the Treatment of Myofascial pain Syndrome: A randomised double blind crossover study”
2004 Nancy Dudek “Dermatological Conditions Associated With Use of a Lower Extremity Prosthesis Running Head:  Dermatological Conditions in Amputees”
2003 Russell O'Connor “National Survey of Canadian Physiatrists 2: Continuing Professional Development, Perceived Usefulness, and Learning Needs”
2002 Ben Meikle “Interruptions to Amputee Rehabilitation”
2001 Noorshina Virani “Using EMG Guidance to Localize Compartment Pressures in the Lower Leg”
2000 Martin Lamontagne “Évaluation du comportement des disques intervertébraux lombaires en position assise à la résonance magnétique à champs ouverts (IRMCO) chez les patients avec lombalgie chronique”
2000 Timothy Doherty “Decomposition-based Quantitative Electromyography (DQEMG): Methods and Preliminary Normative Data”
1999 Colleen O'Connell “Access and Impact of Amputation Rehabilitation in Mozambique”
1998 Carmen Tuchak “Quadriceps Muscle Oxygenation in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury During Incremental Exercise Using Functional Electrical Stimulation”
1997 Marshall Stitz “The Accuracy of Blind versus Fluorscopically Guided Caudal Epidural Steroid Injections”
1996 Mark Crossman “Non-Neurological Hand Pain Versus Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Do Psychological Measures Differ?”
1995 Mark Crossman “Factors Influencing Medical Students in the Selection of a Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation”
1994 Shawn Marshall “Determination of Attentional Deficits for Stroke Patients in a Dual Visual Task Experiment”
1993 Thomas Miller “A Comparative Study of Sleep in Patients with Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome”