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AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education

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The AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education honors an individual or a team of two individuals whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on advancing medical education. As the AAMC’s most prestigious honor, the AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education recognizes the highest standards in medical education.

The awardee receives the AAMC Award for Excellence and a prize of $10,000. Nominations are due January 22, 2021.

Learn more about our decision to rename the award and find the frequently asked questions.

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AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education

Individuals or teams of two individuals may be nominated. All nominees must have a faculty appointment at AAMC-member medical schools or teaching hospitals, but rank is not a criterion for this award.

Nominees should demonstrate a significant contribution to medical education and will be evaluated by the review committee on the following precise criteria:

  • The nominee has made a demonstrable impact on medical education. This may be a broad impact across the medical education continuum or depth of impact in a particular area, such as undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, or interprofessional education.
  • The nominee has had a significant impact on advancing the science of health professions education.
  • The nominee demonstrates strength in medical education scholarship.
  • The nominee shows personal expertise as a teacher and mentor.

Nominees should demonstrate excellence in all criteria listed above.

Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominations must be received by Jan. 22, 2021, via the electronic entry form. The fields required for nomination can be previewed here.

The review committee will select up to three finalists. Nominators of finalists will be notified by March 10, 2021, that they are invited to submit letters of support. Final-round letters of support must include:

  • One two-page letter of support of the finalist authored by an AAMC-member institution’s dean, chief executive officer, or president on institutional letterhead.
  • Three additional two-page letters of support attesting to how the finalist demonstrates the criteria for the Award for Excellence in Medical Education.

Letters of support must be submitted by April 9, 2021. There is no need to compile these letters before the notification on March 10.

The winner of the award will be notified by July 1, 2021, and honored at Learn Serve Lead 2021: The AAMC Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Please address all questions to:
Sandra Gordon
202-828-0472
sgordon@aamc.org

The AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education honors an individual or a team of two individuals whose contributions have had a demonstrable impact on advancing medical education.

Sondra Zabar, MD, is the 2020 Flexner Award* recipient. Through scholarship, mentorship, and educational and assessment innovation, Sondra Zabar, MD, Professor of Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine (NYUGSOM), has been on the leading edge of teaching and evaluating clinical care.

Learn more about previous recipients.

(*) As of November 17, 2020, the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education was renamed as the AAMC Award for Excellence in Medical Education.