Outstanding Educator Award

Members of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD) work diligently to foster excellence through training and mentoring of the next generation of pulmonary and critical care physicians. One way to honor peers who demonstrate excellence in the development of future physicians is through the annual Outstanding Educator Award (OEA).

This award recognizes an individual who has devoted a major portion of his/her professional life to enhancing the practice and profession of pulmonary and or critical care medicine through education. The educator selected for this award has made significant, innovative, and/or cumulatively outstanding contributions to education in pulmonary and or critical care medicine. These contributions should include excellence in education beyond the local level, with widespread recognition of the recipient's excellence, which may include teaching, directing, mentoring, writing, and speaking abilities, ideally to multiple levels of audiences including medical students, residents and fellowships.

The OEA award recognizes individuals who are exemplary clinician educators who have made substantial national contributions at the medical student, resident and fellowship level. National impact can include mentoring that has led to the successful career development as medical educators, or scholarly publications.

Award Criteria

A recipient of the national award will be:

  • a pulmonary, critical care or sleep clinician who spends most of his/her time serving as a clinician educator.

  • a clinician educator whose majority portion of time is spent in fellow level education.

  • recognized by Fellows-in-Training as an outstanding educator and by his/her peers as having made substantial contributions to the field of fellowship education. Nominations must reflect excellence in this area above all else.

  • a program director, associate program director, or key clinical faculty within an APCCMPD member Fellowship Program.

  • Associate Professor or above (or equivalent).

  • contributions and engagement with the APCCMPD are not required but will be viewed favorably.

A recipient may not be:

  • a current member of the APCCMPD Board of Directors or within 4-years of serving as the Immediate-Past President. Individuals who serve as Secretary-Treasurer are eligible to apply after 1-year of serving as the Secretary-Treasurer.  

Nomination Process

Nominees for the Outstanding Educator Award may be self-nominated or nominated by a peer.  Individuals who wish to nominate an outstanding educator should first obtain the approval of the prospective nominee.

The OEA Nomination Form will require the following for completion:

  • a brief description of the nominee’s impact as a clinician educator in pulmonary, critical care, and/or pulmonary and critical care fellowship training.

  • two (2) letters of support that should describe how the nominee has demonstrated excellence as an educator of fellows-in-training within pulmonary, critical care, and/or pulmonary and critical care fellowship training. This should align with the Outstanding Educator Award purpose and eligibility and review criteria.

  • the nominee’s CV.

  • a .JPG color photograph of the nominee (head and shoulders).  Submitted headshots will not be shared with the Awards Review Committee. Headshots will be used in the 2020 APCCMPD Awards Program.

  • confirmation that, if selected, awardee will attend the upcoming 2020 APCCMPD Annual Conference

Selection Process

The OAE Selection Committee will review all nominees. The committee will develop a ranked slate of the top qualifiers, based on the eligibility criteria. The OAE Selection Committee chair will present the ranked slate of the top qualifiers to the APCCMPD Board of Directors for voting.

Awardee Recognition

The APCCMPD will present the Outstanding Educator recipient with a plaque at the 2020 APCCMPD Annual Conference where the Awardee will be given the opportunity to present their favorite medical education lecture. The APCCMPD will also recognize the awardee and all nominees in its quarterly newsletter, on the APCCMPD website, and in the 2020 Awards Program


Deadline: December 2, 2019

Complete the On-line Application

Cami Morelo, JD
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