Reed Williams Award for Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education


The Reed Williams Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education Award is an award  to recognize exemplary performance by surgical educators. This award is designed to advance the mission of the Association for Surgical Education to promote excellence, innovation, and scholarship in surgical education and is awarded annually.  The intent is to recognize specific innovations (novel ideas and/or methods for improving teaching and learning) and reward collaboration in surgical education. Award applications will be judged based on the quality and uniqueness of the innovation, the process used in creating and implementing the innovation, the demonstrated results, and the impact and potential impact on the broader community and future of surgical education.  The award criteria are intentionally general so as to allow applicants to submit a broad variety of collaborations which may include innovative projects or programs at the undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education level.

Supporting materials

Prior to proceeding with this nomination, you will need the following information:

  •  A letter of support from a resident, faculty, education administrator, or anyone else with knowledge of the innovation and its impact. 

Short essays

Please be prepared to complete the following for your application:

  • What is the problem being addressed by this innovation? Why is the innovation important? How does the innovation build on previously existing knowledge or technology?  What is the intended audience for this innovation?
  • Please describe the innovation and how it was developed and implemented.  What background work, including perhaps a needs assessment, was done? How were all relevant stakeholders involved?
  • Please describe the research design for measuring the effectiveness of the innovation.
  • What were the results of the innovation? What was the impact?
  • What are the main strengths and weaknesses of the innovation?
  • How have you disseminated the results of this innovation?

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