VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) Excellence in Education Awards:
Award criteria are based, in part, on the VA David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Educational Excellence award criteria.
The VABHS Excellence in Education Award is given annually to a VABHS employee from any health care profession who has made significant contributions to education and training at VABHS.
The recipient will receive a certificate presented at a VABHS Medical Center educational program and a $350 monetary award.
A nominee must be employed at least 5/8-time in VABHS as of the application closing date.
When the contribution is a collaborative effort of two or more individuals, then all relevant individuals may be nominated as a team.
Previous nominees are encouraged to reapply. Updated nomination packages are required for previous nominees.
Prior winners of the VABHS Excellence in Education Award or the David M. Worthen Award are not eligible.
These materials should be submitted as part of the nomination package:
a. A current curriculum vitae, resume, or other summary of education and pertinent work history.
b. 3 letters of support (each no longer than 2 pages) that specifically comment on the nominee's contributions to the educational mission of VABHS. Up to 3 additional letters (total of 6) may be submitted.
c. Description of significant achievements that have enhanced educational programs within VABHS, such as leadership on national taskforces, accreditation bodies, or educational organizations; publications combining education, learning, and healthcare; or implementation of educational innovations that influenced other programs over time.
* Note that the award may be given to exceptional teachers if (1) their teaching is outstanding as recognized by trainees, peers, and supervisors, (2) the effects of their teaching reaches beyond their individual clinical service, and (3) their commitment to teaching has been amply demonstrated.
The submission must address each of the following categories (NOTE: The nomination will be rejected if any other format is used).
(1) Statement of Goal or Problem Addressed by the Contribution.
(2) Summary of the Contribution.
(3) Process or Method of Accomplishment.
(4) Description of the measurement of the education improvement due to this contribution.
Nominations will be evaluated on these criteria:
a. Significance of the educational endeavor (such as publication or presentation at regional/national/international conferences, or other testament as to the value of the teaching).
b. Contribution to VABHS's educational mission.
c. Extent to which the contribution strengthens existing, or encourages new, beneficial relationships between several clinical services and/or VHA and other educational organizations.
d. Originality, creativity, and innovation of the achievement.
e. Potential for transferability to other clinical services, other medical centers, other VISNs and other learning organizations.
f. Nature and extent of tangible and intangible benefits of educational achievements.
g. Complexity of the subject(s) addressed by the achievement.
The completed nomination package must be submitted to the VABHS ACOS-E Office by November 15th of each year. Submit nomination materials to Nancy Caruso (Nancy.Caruso2@va.gov) and to David Topor (David.Topor@va.gov).