Master Educator Award (GME)

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Master Educator Award (GME)

Award: $5,000 & 5% salary support for faculty development in GME
Nomination Deadline: April 6; Chair Portfolios due May 11.
Contact Susan Kirk for more information.


  • To recognize and reward individuals who have provided major contributions to Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the University of Virginia. 
  •   To provide a mechanism for channeling institutional investment into the careers of those exceptional teachers whose future efforts are expected to have significant additional influence on long-term resident training and education at UVA.


Criteria for Selection:
Master Educator Awardees will have demonstrated their commitment to GME by:

1. Serving as major role models for the trainees with whom they interact and representing the best of the clinical educator genre.

2. Helping to give substance and content to the goals and objectives of competency-based education.

3. Influencing their faculty colleagues and peers regarding the goals and objectives of the new approaches and strategies of GME, especially competency-based learning.

4. Providing service and leadership to the clinical educational process at the institutional and/or national level.


The Award:
The Medical Center will offer up to two Master Educator Awards annually. Each award will provide:

1. A cash bonus of $5000 to the awardee.

2. An allocation of funds to the awardee's home department that would be sufficient to provide up to 5% time dedicated time for one year (using the NIH grant allocation formula an maximum levels currently in effect). This released time would be used for innovative educational development and research activities not otherwise supported.

3. Recognition in the various School of Medicine and University of Virginia Teaching Excellence forums.

Process for selection:

1. Survey house staff completing their programs during the final months of their training at UVA about which faculty have been significant positive influences in their development at UVA.

2. A task force convened by the DIO will review these nominations.  The group will identify the top 10-15 nominees from this group and request formal nominating documents from the departments of those selected.  For programs with >20 residents, no more than 3 nominations will be selected.  For programs with <20 residents, no more than 2 nominations will be selected.

3. The nomination package shall include a letter of support from the chair or program director of no more than three pages documenting the anticipated future contributions of the candidate, plus at least one letter from a:

  • Faculty colleague,
  • Former resident,
  • Current resident.

4. The task force will review the nominations and make recommendations to the CEO for the awards annually.

5. Once the awards are designated the awardees will work with their chairs to develop a plan for implementation of the award that is consistent with the awardees' goals and the needs of the department.