Pierre Pluye International Award


The McGill Family Medicine Education Research Group (FMER) is proud to announce the sponsorship of the third edition of ‘The Pierre Pluye International Awards in Family Medicine Education’. With these awards, the FMER celebrates the original and influential contribution of Dr. Pierre Pluye, founding member of the research group, to advancing 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.

Two academic awards – one for the best MSc thesis and one for the best PhD thesis – are granted by an Award FMER Evaluation Committee. The committee includes at least two FMER researchers and two FMER-affiliated graduate students (one MSc student and one PhD student or candidate).


Submission period: July 15 to November 15, 2024. The candidates’ thesis must have been approved for obtaining an MSc or PhD degree no earlier than two academic years before submission, i.e., before July 15, 2022.

The thesis must meet 3 criteria:

  • be related to research in family medicine education;
  • must use mixed methods in empirical research and/or literature review;
  • be written in English or French.

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

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 (MSc or PhD thesis); introduces him/herself, the program and institution in which s/he graduated, and his/her research supervisors; and briefly describes the investigation conducted.
  • An abstract of a maximum of 500 words that summarizes the thesis. 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 approved thesis in a PDF format.
  • An updated version of the candidate’s Curriculum Vitae.
  • A letter of support from the candidate’s principal research supervisor (specifying that the thesis has been approved for obtaining an MSc or PhD degree).

Application packages should be sent by email to the Director of the McGill FMER, Dr. Charo Rodríguez (charo.rodriguez@mcgill.ca), any time during the four-month application period that, as noted above, will expand from July 15 to November 15, 2024 (deadline).


*Will be announced by February 15, 2025.

*Will be granted CAD $1,000 (PhD thesis) or CAD $500 (MSc Thesis).

Will be illustrated:

  • In the Monthly Features section of the McGill Department of Family Medicine Newsletter;
  • The Health e-News – McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Electronic Newsletter

*Will present their respective works at a special FMER webinar to be held at the end of the 2024-2025 academic year. The webinar will then be uploaded to the FMER website.

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