Eligibility: Any medical student enrolled in a Canadian Medical School at the time of the essay deadline.

Requirements: The essay should review a topic relevant to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The submission will be graded according to content, originality, thoroughness of the literature review, style and organization. The essay should not exceed 4,000 words and will be accepted in either of Canada's official languages.

Prize: $500.00 and a commemorative certificate. An abstract of the winning essay will be posted on the CAPM&R website and published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Deadline: All entries must be submitted using the online abstract module found under the "Annual Meetings" menu.

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. Plagiarism Policy 

Guidelines for Submission 

Requirements for Submission of an Essay

Failure to follow the following requirements for submission of an essay will result in a 10% penalty being applied to the average score awarded your essay. To maximize your opportunity of being awarded the prize, follow the guidelines as outlined.

The Essay/Review
Not to exceed 4000 words (excluding abstract and references). The manuscript may include an unlimited number of tables or figures. However, the allowable word count will be reduced by 400 words for each table or figure included. For example the allowable word count for a manuscript with two figures will be 3200 words. Case reports will be considered in the essay contest. Meta-analyses and systematic reviews should be submitted to the CAPM&R Research Contest.
Include an abstract of no more than 200 words.
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.
Each figure should be presented on a separate page with a legend. Figures are to be cited in numeric sequence in the text. Figures are to be presented in the manuscript following the references. Do not include figures in the body of the manuscript.
Type each table on a separate page with a title. Tables should be cited in numeric sequence in the text. Tables should be presented at the end of the manuscript, following the references and figures. Do not include tables in the body of the manuscript.
Number references consecutively in the order which they are first mentioned in the text of the manuscript. Use the format outlined in the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.” You can find a copy of this document at the Medical Writing Centre on the Canadian Medical Association web-site: http://www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/8451/la_id/1.htm. This is also the format of references used by the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Deadline for Submissions
All entries must be submitted using the online abstract module and referring the deadlines posted on that page.  http://capmr.ca/annual-scientific-meeting/abstracts/
Review Process
Each essay will be reviewed by four Physiatrists. The guidelines the reviewers use in marking the essays is attached. You will receive a copy of written comments from each reviewer on the strengths and areas for improvement noted in your essay.
Should be directed to the Chair of the Education Committee.

Guideline for Scoring of Resident/Medical Student Essays

  1. Content (20%)
    • Reviews major and relevant articles for topic
    • Current
    • Accurate
    • Thorough; sufficient detail to understand issues being discussed
    • Articles included because they contribute to the discussion
  2. Organization (15%)
    • Title reflects content of paper
    • Presence of an abstract and summary
    • Abstract is reflective of the paper; not simply a repeat of the introduction
    • Introduction includes statement of what will be covered in the essay
    • Sections follow each other in a logical order with use of headings and sub-headings
  3. Critical review (30%)
    • Critique of methodology used in studies cited
    • Assess quality of study and compares to population of interest
    • Presents differing views; compares and contrasts
  4. Style (20%)
    • Formal scientific writing style
    • Easy to read and follow line of thought: Uses plain English, good sentence length, and good use of paragraphs
    • Avoids unnecessary jargon
  5. Literature Review(15%)
    • Thorough and pertinent
    • Synthesis of data presented
    • Clear recommendations with clinical and/or research implications; outlines bottom line conclusions - what should do in practice
    • Conclusions are based on critique
    • If expresses a personal opinion clearly states it as such.

Award Recipients

Year First Name Last Name Paper Title
2015 Jacqui Stone "Myostatin in aging in disease: a promising therapeutic target"
2014 Jordan Farag "Challenges for physically disables populations in low-resource regions"
2012 Shane Hoeber "Short Induced Concussion: A Clinically Focused Review"
2008 Michael Berger "Considering the role of quadriceps muscle weakness in knee osteoarthritis"
2007 Jordan Raugust “Are Prophylactic Supports of the Ankle Effective Due to their Enhancement of Proprioception and Sensorimotor Control?”
2006 Maleen Mendis “The Use of Botulinum-A Toxin for the Treatment of Neurogenic Bladder”
2005 NO ENTRY  
2004 Anne Conlin “Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of Evidence-Based Approaches to Treatment”
2003 Anne Conlin “Perimesencephalic Non-Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Precipitated by Sit-Up Exercises Performed on a Swiss Ball: A Case Report and Review of Literature”
2002 Michael Payne “The Role of Post-Operative Dressings in Trauma for Lower Extremity Amputees”
2001 Michael Payne “Stroke Rehabilitation: tPA’s Neglected Big Brother”
2000 David Flaschner “Effectiveness of Botulinum A Toxin in the Treatment of Focal Hand Dystonia”
1999 NO ENTRY  
1998 Renatta Varma “The Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis”
1997 Seana Minnett “Post-polio Syndrome and the Role of Exercise in its Management- A Review”
1996 Denise Koh “Sexuality, Fertility, Pregnancy, and Motherhood in the Spinal Cord Injured Woman: A Literature Review”
1996 Adam Clark “A Review of Heterotopic Ossification in Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries”