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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.

Check out the nomination criteria and online application here!


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.

Due Date 

April 8, 2019

Notification of Award 

July 8, 2019


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:

  1. Be a member in good standing of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
  2. Hold an academic appointment at a US allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
  3. Be board certified in emergency medicine by ABEM or AOBEM, may be board certified in pediatric emergency medicine under ABP.
  4. Be at the instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor level. (This award is for faculty >10 years post-residency).

Process and Limitations 

  1. Faculty must be nominated by their academic chair, program director, or head of emergency medicine, and submit a complete official application form.
  2. Individual faculty are not eligible for the award more than once.
  3. Faculty who have previously received either the Junior Faculty Teaching Award or National Faculty Teaching Award are not eligible.
  4. Nominations are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee. Subcommittee recommendations are presented to the ACEP Board of Directors for approval.


The Academic Affairs Committee will evaluate applications in each of the following categories:

  1. Letter of endorsement by the program’s academic chair, program director, or head of emergency medicine.
  2. Endorsement by the program’s current residents and/or students.
  3. Teaching awards or honors.
  4. Documentation of teacher ratings (should include EM residents, non-EM residents and medical students).
  5. Documentation of other supporting evidence (may include evidence of preparing formal course didactics with superior ratings of teaching).

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.

Application Instructions 

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:

Nominee Details

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.


Teacher Ratings

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.

Application Checklist 

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 

  1. Reviews by ACEP staff to ensure all submission instructions have been followed.
  2. Initial review of successful applications by the Academic Affairs Chair and Academic Affairs Teaching Awards Subcommittee Chair to ensure eligibility, suitability and general competitiveness for this category of award.
  3. Successful reviewed applications by the Academic Affairs Teaching Awards Subcommittee for a recommendation on the award.
  4. Award recommendations will be submitted to the ACEP Board of Directors for a final decision.

Check out the nomination criteria and online application here!