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APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award Description and Criteria

About the Award

The APDIM™ Distinguished Medical Educator Award recognizes an individual or a team for outstanding contributions to the field of graduate medical education.

The APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award is presented annually during Academic Internal Medicine Week.

Nomination Criteria

  • Evidence of gifted teaching.

Examples include:

-National, regional, or local teaching awards.

-A record of invited presentations at national meetings or institutions other than their home institution.

-Testimonials from mentees, students, or colleagues.

  • A record of outstanding contributions to graduate medical education.

Examples include:

Development of new and innovative curricula or educational programs.

-Novel approaches to core teaching skills.

Synthesis of existing educational theory to enhance understanding by other educators.

-Advocacy for high quality education on the national level.

  • National recognition of expertise in medical education.

Examples include:

-Involvement with organized medicine, educational regulatory agencies, or standard setting boards such as the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Board of Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, APDIM, Liaison Committee for Medical Education,or the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine.

  • Scholarly achievement in the broad field of education with dissemination of work beyond their home institution.

Examples include:

-Peer reviewed publications.

-Invited editorials

-Invited or competitively selected workshops at national meetings.

-Symposia or courses.

-Web-based publication of educational tools, courses, or strategies.

Nomination Material 

Nominations must be submitted online.

Self-nominations are accepted for this award.

A nomination packet must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • One nomination letter.
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae.

Selection Process

The recipient is selected by the APDIM Council.  All nominations will be considered for the year they are nominated as well as the following two years.


For more information regarding the APDIM Distinguished Medical Educator Award, please contact AAIM™ Member Services at (703) 341-4540 or memberservices@im.org.