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David M. Worthen Awards for Excellence in Health Professions Education

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The David M. Worthen Awards are the highest honors given by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to recognize outstanding achievements in health professions education. Established in 1988, this award program was named after the late David M. Worthen, MD, former Associate Chief Medical Director for Academic Affairs, board-certified ophthalmologist, established academician, surgeon, researcher, and inspirational leader of the Department of Veterans Affair's (VA) education mission. VHA education champions are honored in three categories including: Rising Star, Career Achievement, and Innovator in Health Professions Education.

Nominations for the Worthen Awards

Visit our nomination page for information about how to nominate health professions educators for the  David M. Worthen Awards.

2022 David M. Worthen Award Recipients

Previous Awardees

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Karen M. Sanders, MD, DEO of the Year Award

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The Karen M. Sanders, MD, Designated Education Officer of the Year Award recognizes a VA medical facility Designated Education Officer (DEO) with an outstanding track record in health professions education (HPE) in the following areas: educational administration, curriculum, health professions trainee (HPT) assessment, program evaluation, educational research, educational policy and/or affiliate relationships.

Nominations for the Karen M. Sanders, MD, Award

Visit our nomination page for information about how to nominate health professions educators for the  Karen M. Sanders, MD, Award.