Graduate students and supervisors should note that the call for submission for this award will be in the spring term of year prior to Research Day. The Award is valued at $500 and will be given at the Department of Psychiatry Research Day held in May. The selection of the award recipient in each case will be made by that committee or by a subcommittee appointed by the Chair. Submissions should include a letter of support from the supervisor, the nominee’s updated CV and unofficial transcript, and copies of the student’s publications.
Dr. H. F. A. Azim, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, joined the Department of Psychiatry in the early 1970s after demonstrating the value of partial hospitalization treatment at the Allan Memorial Institute of McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Azim established the Department’s outpatient services, currently known as the Psychodynamic Psychiatry Service, and served as Director until his relocation to Vancouver in 1994. The PPS encompasses the Psychiatric Treatment Clinic, the Psychiatric Day Treatment Program, the Psychiatric Evening Treatment Program, and the Psychotherapy Research and Evaluation Unit. Dr. Azim was also Clinical Professor in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine, reflecting his commitment to the importance of psychodynamic understanding in all branches of medicine. A superb clinician and educator, Dr. Azim encouraged the development of quality psychotherapy research in the Department.
The Azim award is offered annually to a graduate student (including psychiatric residents enrolled in the M.Sc./Ph.D. program) who has demonstrated excellence in psychotherapy or psychopharmacology research, i.e., research with direct implications for clinical practice. The award may be based on a single investigation or a series of studies. The student’s research can address any of a number of important domains in the fields of psychotherapy or psychopharmacology, but research that translates readily to the clinical setting will be regarded particularly highly. The award will consist of $500 and a certificate bearing the recipient’s name. This award may not be received by any graduate student more than twice.