Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents

The Executive Dean's Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents is designed to allow residents and resident alumni a way to honor those faculty mentors who embody the spirit of mentoring during their residency programs. This award acknowledges the commitments of faculty members who ensure our residents achieve their full potential in their chosen specialty. 

Assistant, associate, or full professors with three or more years at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, are eligible to receive this award. Recipients earn membership in The University of Kansas School of Medicine Society of Distinguished Mentors.  

Mentoring. As defined for the purpose of this award, mentoring does not include routine and expected effort in teaching or training residents/fellows, as described by the guidelines of the faculty member's position. This award recognizes effort which goes above and beyond expected teaching or training requirements of an assistant, associate or full professor.   


Nominations for the Achievement Award in Mentoring Residents are open to faculty members who meet all the following criteria.

  • An assistant, associate or full professor at the KU SOM for three years or more, with a current appointment in good standing.
  • Mentor for five or more residents over the years.
  • Scholars with demonstrated success in the areas they mentor.
  • Have evidence of superb performance in mentoring residents. Examples.
  • Candidates may win the award more than once, but not within a five year period.
  • Executive Dean's Office faculty are not eligible.  

Nomination Packet Requirements

To submit a nomination packet, you must be a current or former resident/fellow mentored by the nominee. Letters from medical and graduate students' will not be considered for this award.  

Where to Start - The Nomination Letter

Writing a nomination letter and any letters of support can be difficult to begin. Start with Who, What, How and Why of Mentoring Award Nominations.

What to include in the Nomination Packet

Part 1 - From the Nominator

  • Nomination Packet Cover Sheet (checklist included)
  • Formal Nomination Letter
  • Nominator's current CV
  • Letters of support from mentees, documenting professional achievements and mentoring experience with the nominee.
  • Additional letters of support from department chairs, center directors, division chiefs, etc.

Part 2 - From the Nominee

  • Philosophy of Mentoring narrative
  • Current CV, including mentoring activities and awards
  • Letters of support from mentees, documenting professional achievements and mentoring experience with nominee.   

How to submit the Nomination Packet

Complete the Nomination Packet Cover Sheet and refer to the checklist on the sheet. Please combine the cover sheet and the support letters into one PDF, then email PDF along with both CV's (nominator and nominee) to FAD by Friday, July 14, 2017. If you have any questions, please email Heather Williams in Faculty Affairs and Development.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by a committee of School of Medicine peers and chaired by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development. Two finalists will be recommended to the Executive Dean, who will make the final selection. The selected honoree will be notified prior to the 2017 Annual Faculty Retreat, along with the nominator and honoree's department chair.  

The honoree will receive

  • Recognition on the Distinguished Mentor Wall in the School of Medicine
  • Recognition at the School of Medicine's 2017 Annual Faculty Retreat
  • A trophy signifying the honoree as a Distinguished Mentor
  • A $1,500 financial award to be used at the discretion of the honoree    

The deadline for nomination packets is Friday, July 14, 2017 by 5:00 pm.

The Award will be presented on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the SOM Annual Faculty Retreat.

Last modified: Apr 28, 2017
School of Medicine Faculty Mentoring Awards

The 2017 Distinguished Mentoring Awards will be presented at the School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat on August 11, 2017.