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The American College of Emergency Physicians sponsors a national faculty 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 teaching activities including didactic lectures, clinical instruction, the development of innovative educational programs, community education, and contributions to regional and global programs, as well as 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 form here.

Due Date

April 8, 2019

Notification of Award

July 8, 2019

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.


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 assistant professor, associate professor, or professor level. (This award is recommended for faculty >7 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. 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 residents.
  3. Teaching awards or honors.
  4. Documentation of excellence in educational activities (may consider undergraduate, EMS, GME, CME, invited lectures, and/or visiting professorships).
  5. Documentation of excellence in teaching (may include local, state, national, or international ACEP sponsored programs).
  6. Documentation of innovative educational programs for teaching clinical or research topics in emergency medicine.

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.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Application Format

The application consists of eight sections and should be placed in this order:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Endorsement by the Program’s Residents

The application should include documentation of endorsement by the program’s residents. This may include a letter of support from designated resident(s), a petition signed by the program’s residents or other expression indicating support of the application by the program’s residents. Not to exceed 2 pages.

4. 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.

5. Documentation of Educational Efforts

Applicant should briefly describe programs developed or courses taught, dates of instruction, approximate number of students enrolled, and a summary of the effectiveness of the teaching program. May include the following sections as relevant. Not to exceed 4 pages.

  • Undergraduate Medical School Education
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • EMS Education
  • Invited Lectureships and/or Visiting Professorships
  • Community programs (may include medical or lay person audience, including mass media.)

6. Documentation of ACEP Program Educational Programs

The application should provide detailed information about ACEP educational program involvement. The application should briefly describe lectures with dates, the name of the program, approximate number in attendance and any summary of evaluations provided. Not to exceed 2 pages.

  • Local/State ACEP Sponsored Programs
  • National or International ACEP Sponsored Programs

7. Major Innovative Educational Programs

The application may include here a concise description or examples of excellence in emergency medicine education not already detailed in the sections above and should provide detailed information about the nature of the innovation, dates the program was presented or implemented, results of the educational innovation, and any evaluation data available. Not to exceed 2 pages.

8. Photograph

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

□ Application includes all relevant sections

□ Application includes signed title page

□ Title page includes signature (electronic signatures are acceptable)

□ Application is submitted by the deadline

Check out the nomination criteria and online application form here.