Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award


The Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award will be given annually to individuals who are actively involved in surgical education and who are considered by their chair, peers, residents, and/or students to be outstanding teachers. Nominees for this award must possess the qualities of an outstanding teacher which include: commitment to teaching, innovative approach to education, enthusiasm and stimulation of interest, ability to provide feedback and effective evaluation, role modeling of professional characteristics, and accessibility.  Evidence of teaching excellence must be provided, such as: teaching evaluation reports, dissemination of educational approaches and outcomes via presentations or publications, development of educational programs and media, and program evaluation reports.

Supporting materials

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

  • Nominee’s CV
  • A letter of nomination by a  faculty, education administrator, or anyone else with knowledge of the nominee’s enthusiasm for exemplary teaching and involvement in surgical education.
  • No more than 2 letter(s) of support from individuals with direct knowledge of the nominee’s surgical education involvement and outstanding teaching. Commentary on role modeling of professional characteristics and accessibility would be appreciated.
  • 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.

Short essays

The nominator will need to be prepared to complete the following regarding the nominee:

  • Please describe the nominee’s innovative approach to teaching (their personal philosophy of teaching).
  • What educational scholarship is the nominee most proud of and why?

Additional information

Please be prepared to provide the following information:

  • A list of any educational professional development programs that the nominee has attended (workshops, courses, fellowships, certificate/degree programs, etc)
  • Please identify the nominee’s educational productivity accomplishments including: teaching activities, curricular development, evaluation and assessment innovations, etc.
  • A list of any education/teaching awards or honors that the nominee has received.
  • A list of the names of the nominee’s mentees and the nature of their relationship with them (how long did the nominee mentor the person, what was the focus of the mentorship they provided).

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