Every year, students at the College of Medicine – Phoenix nominate and recognize outstanding teaching faculty and residents for the following:

Educator of the Year (First-Year Students)

This award is given from first-year medical students to a single faculty member for the first-year of medical school curricula. The teaching strengths recognized include affirmative communication with students, good organization, enthusiasm and exemplary professionalism. Other factors considered include notable skills in such areas as lecture, small group, clinic or laboratory learning experiences.

Educator of the Year (Second-Year Students)

This award is given from the second-year medical students to a single faculty member for the second-year of medical school curricula. The teaching strengths recognized include affirmative communication with students, good organization, enthusiasm and exemplary professionalism. Other factors considered include notable skills in such areas as lecture, small group, clinic or laboratory learning experiences.

Excellence in Teaching by a Block or Course (Second-Year Students)

This award is given from the second-year medical students to a single block or course for the first two-years of the medical school curricula. This award recognizes and encourages excellence in an increasingly complicated and challenging educational environment. Additionally, this award recognizes the block or course that enthusiastically relates information in all instructional situations, displaying respect for and promotion of critical thinking, inspiring students of all abilities to extraordinary achievement.

Outstanding Teaching by a House Officer (Third-Year Students)

The following award is given from the third-year medical students to a single resident for each of the clerkships in the third-year of medical school curricula. This award recognizes those who demonstrate enthusiasm and exemplary professionalism and inspire students of all abilities to exemplary achievement.

Excellence in Teaching by a Clerkship

This award is given from the third-year medical students to a single clerkship (each site utilized in teaching will receive plaque) for the third-year of medical school curricula. This award recognizes and encourages excellence in an increasingly complicated and challenging educational environment, while also recognizing superior teaching and professionalism across the sites that support students.

Excellence in Teaching in an Elective Course

Implemented in the 2012-13 academic year, this award is given to the medical director of a fourth-year elective who best fulfills the mission of the College of Medicine – Phoenix to "...inspire and train individuals to become exemplary physicians..." The award is based on feedback from students and colleagues and recognizes the significant commitments of the individual to the elective educational experience.

Stuart D. Flynn, MD, Master-Educator – The Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (Fourth-Year Students)

This award recognizes extraordinary accomplishments in all aspects of education. This award is the fourth-year medical students highest recognition for teaching over the four years of medical school curricula. As a teacher, the individual successfully stimulates student intellectual achievement through superior interpersonal communication and appropriate expectations. The recipient of this award enthusiastically relates information in all instructional situations. The exemplary educator respects students, knows students by name, promotes their critical thinking and inspires students of all abilities to exemplary accomplishment. He or she is a role model for the highest standards of professionalism. This award is presented at the College of Medicine – Phoenix Commencement.

For more information regarding College of Medicine – Phoenix Faculty Teaching Awards, including prior recipients, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs, 602-827-2078.