Winners of 2013 Academy of Educators Committee on Teaching Awards announced

Last week, the annual Academy of Educators Committee on Teaching Awards were announced. This year's winners included 12 faculty members.

Twelve winners shared ten awards as part of 2013's Academy of Educators Committee on Teaching Awards. The awards were given out in categories including Lifetime Achievement in Medical Education, Innovation in Teaching, Medical Student Advisor, among other areas of recognition.

Founded in 2006, the Academy of Educators established the teaching awards to recognize the importance of excellence in medical student teaching, increase the prestige of great teachers and make teaching a more viable part of a faculty member’s career path. While many of the other teaching awards available to School of Medicine faculty are student-initiated and tend to go to excellent teaching faculty with the most visibility, the AOE awards are unique in that they bring together School of Medicine faculty to recognize the teaching excellence of their peers. But rather than compete with awards already available to School of Medicine faculty, they complement them.

“These awards allow us an opportunity to acknowledge some of the best teachers we have," said Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Academy of Educators. "They're important because peer faculty members celebrate the successes of their fellow educators by electing the winners, and this peer-recognition aspect also means a lot to the winners.”

For a list of this year's award winners, please see below or click here. To read more about the each of the AOE Teaching Awards and to see a list of past winners, click here.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education 2013

Harvey Hamrick, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program
Department of Pediatrics

Judith Tintinalli, MD
Professor and Chair Emeritus of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine

Basic Science Teaching Excellence Award 2013

Ed Kernick, DPM
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology 

Clinical Science Teaching Excellence Award 2013

Susie Martinelli, MD
Assistant Professor
Assistant Program Director, Resident Education
Department of Anesthesiology 

Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award – UNC Hospitals 2013

Jon Jones, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine 

Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award – Off-campus Faculty 2013

David Lelio, MD
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CMC - Randolph)
Department of Psychiatry 

Michael Smith, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor (Western Wake Pediatrics)
Department of Pediatrics

Medical Student Research Mentor Award 2013

Timothy Platts-Mills, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Medical Student Advisor Award 2013

Katherine Birchard, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology

Innovation in Teaching Award 2013

Arlene Davis, MD
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Ethics Services, UNC Hospitals
Department of Social Medicine

Educational Scholarship Award 2013

Deb Bynum, MD
Associate Professor
Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship
Department of Medicine 

Freshman Faculty Award 2013

Nikki Waller
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine