Distinguished Master Educator Award


The Distinguished Master Educator Award will be given annually to advanced career clinicians and/or MS/PhD educators who have demonstrated excellence as master educators recognized on the national and/or international level. In addition to recognized skills as an excellent teacher, nominees for this award will need an education portfolio with clear evidence of consistent educational scholarship and significant contributions to surgical education that are recognized to have national and/or international impact.

Supporting materials

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

  • The nominee’s CV.
  • A letter of nomination by a resident, faculty, education administrator, or anyone else with knowledge of the nominee’s masterful teaching and educational scholarship.
  • No more than 2 letter(s) of support from leaders in education-related national/international organizations to demonstrate nominee’s impact on surgical education.
  • No more than 2 letter(s) of support from individuals mentored by nominee
  • Documentation of teaching excellence in the form of an aggregate evaluation report (from MedHub, New Innovations, etc) from learners over the past 6 – 12 months. (file upload)

Short essays

The nominator needs to be prepared to complete the following short essays:

  • Describe the nominee’s approach to teaching (their personal philosophy of teaching).
  • Describe the nominee’s sustained and significant scholarly work in surgical education including: teaching activities, curricular development, evaluation and assessment innovations, research, etc.
  • Describe a rewarding relationship the nominee had with a faculty mentee including what the nominee worked on and why it was gratifying.

Additional information

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • A list of the education leadership and administration roles (eg, program director, skills lab director, etc) that the nominee has or has had within their own institution.
  • A list of the educational leadership and administration roles (chair or co-chair of a committee, other formal leadership title) the  nominee has or has had in any national and international education-related organizations.
  • A list of the nominee’s participation with education journals (as either a peer reviewer or editorial board member).
  • A list of any recognition by a national society for major accomplishment(s) in education. 
  • A list of any further training in education through courses, faculty development, degree/certificate programs, and educational fellowship programs.  Finally, please describe something  the nominee learned as a result of  further training in education that has changed the way the nominee teaches or impacted the nominees educational scholarship.

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