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The American College of Emergency Physicians sponsors a national faculty bedside teaching award to honor outstanding educators in emergency medicine. This award is designed to support emergency medicine faculty in their efforts to achieve academic advancement, as well as support the continued academic development of the specialty. The award recognizes superior clinical teaching activities as evidenced by teacher ratings, teaching awards and the endorsement by faculty, residents, and students. While the documentation required for this award is extensive, the process is designed to mimic the procedure used by university promotion and tenure committees in their deliberations. Recipients of this award will receive national recognition that can be used as evidence of their teaching excellence.
Please read these instructions below carefully. Applications that do not follow these instructions with regard to format and supporting documentation cannot be accepted. If the application deadline has not passed, the application may be resubmitted after deficiencies are addressed. Extension of the deadline will not be granted to allow resubmission in the award cycle.
April 8, 2019
Notification of Award
July 8, 2019
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The College will recognize award winners annually.
Award winners will be recognized with a plaque during ACEP’s annual Scientific Assembly meeting, and by publication of their names in ACEP News or other College publications.
To be eligible for the award, faculty must:
Process and Limitations
The Academic Affairs Committee will evaluate applications in each of the following categories:
Nominees are scored in each category and numerical results tabulated. Prior to submission of their recommendations to the ACEP Board of Directors, the subcommittee scores each applicant based on review of final tabulations and all relevant data on each applicant.
The application must be received electronically no later than the deadline date indicated under general information.
All applications must be in English and free of jargon and unusual abbreviations. For terms not universally known, spell out the term the first time it is used with the appropriate abbreviation in parentheses; the abbreviation may be used thereafter. Type the application, single-space; type size should be 12-point font with headings no larger than 14 point.
Applications should not exceed 14 pages total, as specified by section in the instructions below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The application consists of eight sections and should be placed in this order:
Provide all information requested (template on page 7). Note that the academic chair / chief of emergency medicine or program director must sign the title page. The electronic file must include signatures. Not to exceed 1 page.
Endorsement by the Academic Chair / Chief of Emergency Medicine or Program Director
The application must include a letter from the academic chair / chief of emergency medicine or program director concisely outlining their assessment of the applicant’s teaching ability, area of excellence, educational role within the department, and rationale for nomination of this award. The program director, academic chair or chief of emergency medicine is responsible for the verification of the truthfulness of the application material by signifying they have reviewed and verified the authenticity of the packet materials, especially with regard to authenticity of awards, educational efforts, etc. Major awards, educational efforts, etc., should be summarized in the endorsement letter. Not to exceed 2 pages.
Endorsement by the Program’s Residents and/or Students
The application should include documentation of endorsement by the program’s residents and/or medical students. This may include letter(s) of support from chief resident(s) and/or a few designated medical students. Not to exceed 4 pages.
The application should include documentation of teacher ratings including details describing the ratings categories and overall summary score with the nominee scores and the range and mean for all Program faculty scores for each year. May include the following sections as relevant. Not to exceed 4 pages.
EM residents – minimum of five years.
Non EM residents – minimum of three years.
Medical students – minimum of three years.
Documentation of Teaching Awards
The application should summarize any awards, certificates, evaluations, or other documentation indicating recognition of teaching excellence within the hospital, EMS system, university or extramural teaching venues with a concise description of the exclusivity and selection process (e.g.: “awarded once annually by vote of all EM residents.”) Not to exceed 1 page.
Documentation of Other Supporting Evidence
Applicant should briefly describe programs developed or courses taught with a summary of the rating of effectiveness of the teaching program. May include the following sections as relevant. Not to exceed 2 pages.
Formal course didactics/curriculum preparation (eg “wound care week”).
Superior ratings from residents or medical students for lectures, workshops, or other educational settings which are done in the home institution.
Superior ratings from residents or medical students for lectures, workshops, other educational settings by invitation to an institution supporting EM residency training but not affiliated with the home institution.
Superior ratings for CME related teaching.
Community programs (may include medical or lay person audience, including mass media.).
Please include a photograph of the nominee, preferably a professional picture or head shot in jpeg format as a separate attachment.
Before submitting your application, please use this checklist to ensure you have complied with all application requirements.
□ Nominee meets eligibility requirements on page 3.
□ Application includes all relevant sections in the order given on pages 4 and 5.
□ Application includes signed title page (on page 7).
□ Title page includes signature (electronic signatures are acceptable).
□ Application is submitted by the deadline.
Procedures for Review