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Call for 2020 Nominations:

David M. Worthen Awards for Excellence in Health Professions Education

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David M. Worthen Award

 

The David M. Worthen Awards are the highest honor given by the Veterans Health Administration to recognize outstanding achievements in health professions education. Beginning in FY20, VHA education champions will be honored in three categories including: Rising Star, Career Achievement, and Innovator in Health Professions Education.

Established in 1988, this award program was named after the late David M. Worthen, MD, former head of Academic Affairs, board-certified ophthalmologist, established academician, surgeon, researcher, and inspirational leader of VA’s education mission.

Nominees must be VHA employees currently employed at least 5/8 time. Each winner will receive a plaque and $3,000 in funding to support attendance at the educational conference of recipient’s choice. A plaque is also presented to presented to the facilities at which the three recipients are employed.

Please consider honoring Dr. Worthen’s vision, commitment, and dedication by nominating employees who meet the qualifications any of the award categories established:


  1. David M. Worthen Rising Star Award for Excellence in Health Professions Education. The recipient of this award is to be an early career champion of health professions trainee education.
    For additional details pertaining to this award and nomination steps please click here

     

  2. David M. Worthen Career Achievement Award for Excellence in Health Professions Education. The recipient of this award is to be an outstanding health professions trainee education champion whose lifetime contributions have profoundly advanced and had widespread impact on the educational mission of VHA..
    For additional details pertaining to this award and nomination steps please click here

     

  3. David M. Worthen Innovator Award for Excellence in Health Professions Education. The recipient of this award is to be an individual who created and is sustaining or expanding a significant educational innovation for health professions trainee education.
    For additional details pertaining to this award and nomination steps please click here


Individuals may only be nominated for one of the three Worthen Award categories annually.

Nominees can originate from Medical Centers, VISN Offices, and National Program Offices. Only one nominee will be accepted from each of these levels (Medical Center, VISN Office, and National Program Office) for each of the three award categories (Rising Star, Career Achievement, and Innovator).

There is a two-step nomination process consisting of:

Step 1) Letter of Intent and CV due November 18, 2019.

Step 2) Full Nomination Package due January 29, 2020 for those nominees invited for further consideration.

Full details for each award and nomination process is described on each of the three individual award pages as linked above.

Questions may be directed to Deborah Ludke, MHA in VHA’s Office of Academic Affiliations via email at: Deborah.Ludke@va.gov or via telephone at: (562) 826-5492.

Thank you for your support in recognizing employees who dedicate their lives to providing and supporting high quality health professions education for our trainees serving our Nation’s Veterans.