The ACAPS outstanding faculty teacher award has been established to recognize exemplary performance by faculty educators. The awards are funded by the Association for Surgical Education Foundation Past President’s Fund. These awards are made to highlight and encourage scholarship in the area of surgical education.

This award will be given annually to one individual who is actively involved in surgical education and who is considered by his/her chair, peers, residents, and/or students to be an outstanding teacher. Nominees for this award must possess the qualities of an outstanding teacher which include:

Eligible trainees will have completed two clinical program years (PGY3 or above at time of nomination).

Documentation of teaching excellence must be provided, which may include but is not limited to: teaching evaluation reports, dissemination of educational approaches and outcomes via presentations or publications, development of educational programs and media, and program evaluation reports.

Nomination Process


June Request for nominations sent by ACAPS President
Mid-September Deadline for receipt of nominations
Mid-September Mid-January Deliberations of the Awards Committee
Mid-January Winners selected and notified. ACAPS President notified by Committee Chair
Spring Retreat Winner announced – award given


I. STATEMENT OF EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY (2-3 paragraphs written by applicant, limited to 1 page)

Please submit in outline form a Teaching Portfolio which describes your experience as a surgical educator/teacher. The outline should include accomplishments such as:

  1. Leadership Positions
    • Residency Program Director
    • Departmental and Medical School Education Committees
    • Assistant or Associate Dean for Education Affairs
    • Officer/Committee member in Regional or National Education Society
    • Other

  2. Education Development
    • Participation in Curriculum Development(local, regional or national)
    • Development of Assessment Schemes (OSCE, written or oral Exams, skills evaluation)
    • Student or Resident Advisor/Mentor
    • Personal Development (Participation in workshops, fellowship, faculty development, etc.)

  3. Documentation of Teaching Competency
    • Objective Data
    • Student, Resident or Faculty Evaluation
    • Honors/Awards
    • Chair/Peer Assessment

  4. Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate (UGME)

    • Basic Science Lectures (# hours/year)
    • Basic Science Labs (# hours/year)
    • Clinical Lectures (# hours/year)
    • Case Discussions (# hours/year)
    • Problem Based Learning (# hours/year)
    • Simulation and skills lab learning experiences
    • Hospital Rounds (# hours/year)

    Graduate (GME)

    • Lectures (# hours/year)
    • Hospital Rounds (# hours/year)
    • Case Discussion (#hours/year)
    • Simulation and skills lab learning experiences

    Continuing Medical Education (CME)

    • Lectures (Presentation)
    • Workshops
    • Visiting Professorships
    • Other (specify)

  5. Educational Research and Scholarship

    List all peer-reviewed publications, books, chapters, education related articles (non peer-reviewed), grants, presentations, and other creative works. Any articles written with a resident or student co-author should be listed with name of resident highlighted to demonstrate nominee’s function as a mentor. Any publications, grants, or presentations unrelated to education or mentoring should not be listed.

    • Peer-reviewed publications (research reports and journal articles)
    • Regional, national, and international presentations
    • Books and book chapters
    • Educational grants
    • Non peer-reviewed articles
    • Other creative works


2020 - 2021: Jeffrey Janis, MD, Ohio State University Hospitals

2019 2020: Scott D. Lifchez, MD, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

2018 2019: Michael Neumeister, MD, SIU Medicine