University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine Education Awards

These awards reflect the Department’s judgment that the honoree's contributions are exemplary. The Department takes into account the totality of the individual's work, professional conduct, ethics, and reputation. It expects those honored to embody highly professional and ethical conduct in their work and interactions with others during their careers.

Awards will be announced annually in the spring.

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Inspirational Educator Awards

The DOM honors and celebrates the valuable efforts of educators who motivate and inspire others. These awards recognize faculty and APPs who display unparalleled energy, passion and skill for educating students, residents, and/or fellows. Long after their experience with faculty members of this caliber, learners still recall the impact that they had on their own education and passion for medicine.

Award Consideration

For faculty members and APPs in each of these educational settings:

  • Classroom instruction (synchronous and/or asynchronous) e.g., small, medium-sized, and large group teaching in SMPH or campus courses
  • Clinical instruction

The best nominees are those who consistently demonstrate a majority of the following:

  • Created a supportive, inclusive learning environment
  • Consistently modeled professional behaviors and attitudes
  • Effectively facilitated teaching sessions
  • Regularly committed to teaching opportunities
  • Demonstrated exemplary teaching skills, as evidenced by learner evaluations, including numerical and narrative summaries
  • When teaching clinically, role modeled exemplary skills and interactions with patients

Eligibility for Nomination

Any faculty/adjunct faculty member, including VA faculty, or APP in the DOM who have at least a 50% appointment in the Department of Medicine and >0.5 FTE are eligible for nomination. Faculty/adjunct faculty members, APPs, or learners (student, resident, or fellow) can submit a nomination. An award may be conferred only once to a faculty mentor in the same clinical setting category (classroom or clinical setting). Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Letter

Submit by January 7, 2022 to the Education Awards Subcommittee of the DOM Education Committee (Abi Rudzianis: arudzianis@medicine.wisc.edu). The letter should address the setting in which the nominee teaches (clinical or classroom setting), and how the nominee has exemplified the above criteria.

A letter can be submitted by:

  • A former or current learner
  • A faculty member or APP who has observed the nominee’s teaching, or who is in a position of leadership where the nominee teaches.

Excellence in Education Mentoring Awards

The Department of Medicine recognizes those who are actively engaged in education mentorship of junior educators. Faculty and APP mentors selected for this award exemplify truly extraordinary selflessness as they support and contribute to the education career development and advancement of other clinician-educators.

Award Consideration

Awards will be considered for junior (assistant professor) and senior (associate or full professor) faculty members and APPs.  One senior faculty member will be considered for the Bennett Vogelman mentoring award, for their career long dedication to mentoring.  

The best nominees are those who consistently demonstrate a majority of the following:

  • Developed a supportive environment for mentorship
  • Demonstrated a commitment to mentorship and established a track record for successful mentorship
  • Provided guidance on teaching skills such as curricular design, teaching methods, and learning and program assessment
  • Provided guidance and/or offered opportunities for development of educational scholarship, such as writing abstracts, developing workshops, and creating manuscripts from educational work
  • Demonstrated successful advocacy and guidance in administrative, organizational, and professional matters for junior clinician educators
  • Encouraged and included mentees in networking activities with other professionals
  • Promoted and made others aware of the contributions and value of their mentees
  • Served as role models for their colleagues by maintaining high standards of excellence and professionalism with their own discipline and the greater institution
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and professionalism
  • Placed an equal or greater emphasis on the professional development of their trainees than on self-promotion or advancement

Eligibility for Nomination

Any faculty/adjunct faculty member, including VA faculty, or APP in the DOM who have at least a 50% appointment in the Department of Medicine and >0.5 FTE are eligible for nomination. Faculty/adjunct faculty members, APPs, or learners (student, resident, or fellow) can submit a nomination. An award may be conferred only once to a faculty mentor at the same faculty appointment (junior or senior faculty). Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Letter

Submit by January 7, 2022, to the Education Awards Subcommittee of the DOM Education Committee (Abi Rudzianis: arudzianis@medicine.wisc.edu). The letter should address how the nominee has exemplified the above criteria.  

A letter can be submitted by:

  • A former or current mentee 
  • A faculty member or APP who has observed the nominee’s mentorship