Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents

The Call for 2015 Mentoring Award Nominations will be sent in May. The awards will be presented at the 2015 Annual Faculty Retreat scheduled for August 7. 

This award honors assistant, associate or full professors with three or more years at KU SOM.

The SOM Executive Dean's Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents is earned by assistant, associate and full professor members of the KU School of Medicine faculty and is based upon the number of residents mentored and the outcomes or examples of their efforts as identified by those submitting letters. The award is designed to allow residents and resident alumni a way to honor those faculty Mentors who embody both the letter and spirit of mentoring during their residency programs. This prestigious award acknowledges the time, sacrifice, and commitments of faculty members to ensure our residents achieve their full academic or private practice potential by developing skills and attaining advancement in the clinical, research and teaching areas required for success in their chosen career path. 

Recipients of this prestigious award earn membership in The University of Kansas School of Medicine Society of Distinguished Mentors.

MENTORING, as defined for the purpose of this award, does not include routine and expected effort with regard to" teaching or training" Residents as described or required by the guidelines of the faculty members position. This award recognizes effort which goes above and beyond "teaching or training" requirements of an assistant, associate or full professor. Mentees are Residents or Medical Fellows, as defined for the purpose of this award. 


  • To qualify as a candidate for the Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents the individual must: 
    • be a professor, associate professor, or assistant professor in the KU SOM.
    • be a member of the KU SOM faculty for more than three years.
    • not be serving as a member of the Dean's office.
    • have mentored a substantial number (five or more) of residents over the years.
    • be scholars with demonstrated success in the areas they mentor.
  • Candidates must have evidence of superb performance in mentoring Residents. For example: 
    • Accessibility and commitment to "be there".
    • Willingness to assist residents in pursuit of their stated goals, actively guiding development of clinical and/or surgical skills, teaching skills, research and pursuit of professional goals toward academic or private medicine, clearly articulating expectations.
    • Demonstrates the ability to integrate resident feedback into action.
    • Provides a confidential atmosphere for the resident/fellow to discuss issues.
    • Excellent guidance of individual research and/or creative projects.
    • Holds their mentee to high standards, encouraging and helping them establish their own record of scholarly activity or clinical performance, evidence of supporting the mentee's participation in academic events (e.g., meetings, conferences, committees, speaking engagements).
    • Ability to involve their mentees in networking activities with other professionals and faculty
    • Evidence of mentees completing their defined projects (such as successful competition for grants, completion of publications or other scholarly activity, marked improvement in overall aptitude, meeting promotional goals) in a timely manner.
  • The award will be based on the following criteria:
    • Demonstrated valued behavior, attitudes and/or skills that aid the mentees in achieving competence, confidence and a clear professional identity
    • A demonstrated commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth of their mentees so they may function effectively and with measurable success once their residency or medical fellowship program has been completed.
    • Evidence of sustained commitment (two years or more) to a professional mentoring relationship that results in career growth or personal development of five or more mentees who are/were residents or medical fellows.
    •  To further recognize the successful efforts of the candidate, the success and progress of the recipients of their mentoring will be reviewed. 
    • Candidates may hold the award more than once, but not within a five-year period.

Nomination Steps

  1. Write a letter nominating your candidate that provides:
    • A clear delineation of what your mentor has meant to you (or to residents you know they mentored).
    • Description of specific behaviors and their significance.
    • Specific examples of mentoring interactions.
    • Description of accomplishments that you directly credit to the influence of the nominated mentor.
    • A statement providing a simple explanation of your work (or a resident or alumni ) directly or indirectly influenced by the candidate, dating from the mentorship relationship(s).
    • Give specific examples of goals attained, projects completed, promotions, grants or awards earned, obstacles overcome and lessons learned in addition to anything else that they feel is attributable to the mentoring relationship. It is strongly encouraged that this area of accomplishments be emphasized.
    • See List of Questions to Consider when writing a letter. 
  2. Submit your nomination letter and your CV no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, July 10, 2015 by email to Laura Jennemann.


  • Critical to the assessment of the nominees:
    • Extent of mentoring
    • Apparent quality of mentoring judged by outcome measures assessed from:
      • The achievements of those mentored including publications, awards, honors and prizes, and the career paths during or since the conclusion of the resident's mentorship.
      • Letters of support from additional current or former Mentees of the candidate, especially from alumni who were mentored during their residency or fellowship program.
      • Other statements of support (e.g. Department Chairs, Center Directors and Division Chiefs).
      • The collegiality of the mentoring experience and the desirable characteristics of the mentoring environment (assessed from statements of support).
  • Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the Mentoring Awards Committee Members, chaired by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development. The committee comprises various professional levels from an interdisciplinary arena along with past recipients of all the Mentoring Award categories. 
  • Final selection will be by the Executive Dean, School of Medicine, University of Kansas.
  • The honoree selected will be notified prior to the 2015 Annual Faculty Retreat, where they will be honored in front of their colleagues, as well as family and friends they wish to invite.

We strongly encourage you to invite your fellow residents, the candidate's chair, director, or professional colleagues to submit a letter of support. Refer those you ask to the List of Questions to Consider when writing their letter.

Award & Presentation

  • $1,500 each award
  • Trophy
  • Presented by the Executive Dean at the 2015 Annual Faculty Retreat.
  • Membership in The University of Kansas School of Medicine Society of Distinguished Mentors.

Last modified: Jan 26, 2015
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