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Medical Education
Center for Faculty Educators

Excellence in Teaching Awards

The Excellence in Teaching Awards are peer-nominated and intended to highlight outstanding front-line teachers of medical students, residents, and fellows. 

Excellence in Teaching Awardees 2015


Congratulations to our 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award Winners, honored at our Celebration of New Members on Monday, September 19.

2017 Nomination Information (to be announced May 2017)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Faculty teachers of UCSF School of Medicine students, residents, and fellows, including volunteer faculty and instructor from other schools (Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing).
  • All faculty members at all UCSF teaching sites, including: Parnassus, ZSFG, VAMC and affiliated sites, Kaiser, Mount Zion, UCSF Fresno, Kaiser, and Mission Bay.
    • Nominees are eligible from all UCSF teaching sites who might otherwise go unrecognized. These teachers are "unsung heroes" who demonstrate daily their dedication to education and teach in a manner that creates an encouraging and intellectually stimulating environment, which promotes critical thinking and learning.
  • Excludes - Recipients in the past three years (recipients before 2013 are eligible): see the list of 2005 - 2015 recipients by department
  • ExcludesMembers of the Academy of Medical Educators

Eligible Nominators are UCSF School of Medicine faculty members who are among the following:

  • Appointed Department Education Leadership (e.g. Vice Chairs for Education or other education-specific appointments)
  • Members of the Academy of Medical Educators
  • Residency Program Directors
  • Clerkship Directors
  • Course Directors and Course Co-Directors
  • Associate and Site Directors of the above three programs

Submission Guidelines:

  • Call announced in May 2017
  • Each nominee requires two faculty nominators
  • Nominee may be from within or outside of the nominator's department
  • Faculty who submit one primary nomination are allowed to be a secondary nominator for one additional nominee
  • The two nominators must submit a single nomination form attesting to the nominee's teaching qualities and characteristics, which is submitted to the recipient and department Chair.
    • 250 word or 1800 character maximum for each statement of support
    • In your nomination, we suggest including direct quotes from learners and specific examples of teaching scenarios. Strive for as much specificity and objective evidence as possible, and provide any of the following:  numbers of learners reached, duration of teaching, objective evaluation data if available (e.g. E-value.etc.). 
    • We request that nominators refrain from submitting mere lists of accomplishments or activities.

The Academy's Excellence in Teaching Awards Action Group reviews all nominations and determines the recipients. Recipients receive a certificate and letter copied to their department chair. 

Questions? Please contact Karen Brent at 514-2282 or