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KU School of Medicine Executive Dean's Mentoring Awards

Each year, the Executive Dean presents five prestigious awards to faculty members who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to mentoring the school's junior faculty, residents and post-doctoral students.

About the Distinguished Mentoring Awards

Nominated by their colleagues and learners, the Distinguished Mentoring Awards are given to deserving individuals who recognize the vital role that mentoring plays in developing the next generation of medical educators. The awards are presented at the Annual Faculty Retreat.

Our Five Honors

One faculty member will be chosen for each of the five awards available.

Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award - The Jayhawk
Nominations are open to faculty members who meet all the following criteria:

  • A full professor at the KU School of Medicine for more than twenty years, with a current appointment in good standing.
  • Mentored five or more junior faculty members.
  • Have evidence of superb performance in mentoring junior faculty.
  • Candidates may be presented the award more than once, but not within a five-year period.
  • Executive Dean's Office faculty are not eligible.

Excellence in Mentoring Award
Nominations are open to faculty members who meet all the following criteria:

  • An associate or full professor in the KU School of Medicine for more than five years, with a current appointment in good standing.
  • Mentored five or more junior faculty members.
  • Have evidence of superb performance in mentoring junior faculty.
  • Candidates may be presented the award more than once, but not within a five-year period.
  • Executive Dean's Office faculty are not eligible.

Honorary Mentoring Award
Nominations are open to faculty members who meet all the following criteria:

  • An associate or full professor from outside the KU School of Medicine or a professional working in private practice, research institution or a related business.
  • Mentored one or more KU School of Medicine faculty member(s) for two years or longer.
  • A scholar or professional with demonstrated success in the field they mentor.

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

  • An assistant, associate or full professor at the KU School of Medicine 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.
  • Candidates may win the award more than once, but not within a five-year period.
  • Executive Dean's Office faculty are not eligible.

Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-docs
Nominations are open to faculty members who meet all the following criteria:

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

Recognition of Honorees

Honorees receive membership to the KU School of Medicine Distinguished Mentors, recognition at the Annual Faculty Retreat and a $1,500 financial award.

2021 Award Presentation

The Awards will be presented on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the KU School of Medicine Annual Faculty Retreat.

Previous Honorees

  • 2019 (PDF)
    • Dale Abrahamson, Ph.D., 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award - The Jayhawk
    • Steven Weinman, M.D., Ph.D., 2019 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • David Lisbon, M.D., 2019 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
  • 2018 (PDF)
    • Belinda Vail, M.D. 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award - The Jayhawk
    • Kim Templeton, M.D., 2018 Achievement Award for Mentoring Residents
    • Ryan Schroeder, PsyD, 2018 Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-Docs
  • 2017 (PDF)
    • Edward F. Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award - The Jayhawk
    • Alan Yu, MB, BChir, 2017 Excellence in Mentoring Award
    • Monica Kurylo, Ph.D., ABPP, 2017 Achievement Award for Mentoring Post-Docs
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