Excellence in Clinical Teaching AwardsJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine

In 2023, up to five (5) faculty will be selected for the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. This award recognizes the fundamental concept, exemplified by Sir William Osler, that the development of outstanding physicians occurs primarily in clinical settings (ambulatory or in-patient). This honor is accompanied by a monetary award for support of his or her professional development and/or teaching programs. Candidates for the award include anyone who is a current faculty member in the UTMB School of Medicine and holds the degree of M.D., D.O. or equivalent.

The following attributes are used to define excellence in clinical teaching:

  • Demonstrates patient-centered focus of excellent teaching and care;
  • Serves as a role model of care and compassion of learners and patients and exemplifies professional behavior; shows respect for the learner, patient, and other health care providers;
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and enjoyment;
  • Demonstrates inquisitiveness and values inquiry;
  • Creates an enjoyable, challenging, and "safe" learning environment;
  • Sets high, but obtainable, standards;
  • Assists in the development of clinical skills, including patient history, physical exam, procedures, and clinical reasoning;
  • Integrates basic science with clinical care;
  • Demonstrates patience;
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability; is open-minded
  • Provides useful and relevant feedback;
  • Demonstrates teamwork and multi-disciplinary care;
  • Is genuine.

Individuals selected will be ineligible for two subsequent years after selection.

Selection Process:

The selection committee consists of two (2) Osler Scholars (who will serve as Chair and Chair-elect), Chair of the Academy of Master Teachers, a clerkship director, a program director and an Osler Student Scholar.

Nominations can come from students, house staff, faculty and staff and must include a statement no more than 200 words in length describing how the candidate exemplifies excellence in clinical teaching.  (Current Osler Scholars are not eligible.)  Letters of nomination should be addressed to the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine and sent to 8.208 Rebecca Sealy Hospital, Route 0162, or electronically to mcacadem@utmb.edu.  The deadline for nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2022.  


2023 Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award Recipients

Dr.  Marie Dawlett, Dept. of Pediatrics
Dr.  Amy Gonzalez, Dept. of Pediatrics
Dr. Anita Mercado, Dept. of Internal Medicine
Dr. Alexander Perez, Dept. of Surgery

2022 Awardees

Dr. L. Maria Belalcazar, Dept. of Internal Medicine-Endocrinology
Dr. Khaled F. Chatila, Dept. of Internal Medicine-Cardiology
Dr. Hania Kassem, Dept. of Internal Medicine-Nephrology
Dr. Arsalan Saleem, Dept. of Radiology
Dr. Lindsay K. Sonstein, Dept. of Internal Medicine-General Medicine