Outstanding Contributions to the Clinical Mission

Established by President, CEO and Executive Dean Paul Klotman, M.D., in 2013, the annual Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care honor outstanding contributions by Baylor faculty members to the College’s clinical mission. Beginning in 2017, three categories of awards are available to recognize excellence from up and coming (Early Career), mid-career (Star) and senior (Master Clinician) faculty members. The Early Career and Star Awards replace the Rising Star category, which was awarded in 2014–2016.

Faculty members involved in the direct care of patients, and in clinical areas such as clinical or translational research, patient safety and quality, clinical diagnostics and healthcare leadership are eligible for nomination. Applications are initiated by nomination and reviewed by a Selection Committee chaired by Dr. Biykem Bozkurt, professor of medicine and medical care line executive at the DeBakey VA Medical Center. Deadlines for applications are - Early Career Nov. 8, 2017, Star Award Jan. 19, 2018, Master Clinician Feb. 23, 2018. Awards will be presented at Baylor’s Annual Awards Day on May 2018.

Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care

Full-time instructors or assistant professors engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of their time (FTE), who have at least two years and not more than six years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member, are eligible for the Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care.

Candidates may self-nominate. However, all nominations must be approved and submitted to the Selection Committee by the faculty member’s section chief, chair, medical director or center director.

It is not recommended to solicit letters of recommendation from active patients, trainees, clinical employee/staff working under the supervision of the candidate as this is considered a conflict of interest. It is however acceptable to include historical letters or documents that have been received in the past, after redaction of any patient or HIPAA identifiers.

Application reviews are based on demonstrated clinical excellence and expertise, consistently high quality of patient care, professionalism and communication, leadership potential, ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students and administrators, and continuous service to the Baylor community.

Please submit the following application materials by email as a single PDF file by 5 p.m., Nov. 8, 2017 to the Office of Faculty Development at faced@bcm.edu.

Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care

Full-time assistant professors, associate professors or professors engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of their time (FTE), who have at least six years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member, are eligible for the Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care. Faculty members who have transferred from other institutions and have comparable years of service are eligible for the award after three years as Baylor faculty members.

Candidates may self-nominate. However, all nominations must be approved and submitted to the Selection Committee by the faculty member’s section chief, chair, medical director or center director.

It is not recommended to solicit letters from active patients, trainees, clinical employee/staff working under the supervision of the candidate as this is considered a conflict of interest. It is however acceptable to include historical letters or documents that have been received in the past, after redaction of any patient or HIPAA identifiers.

An individual may receive the Star Award more than once. A new nomination may be submitted any time after five years since the previous Star Award. Recipients of the Rising Star Award (2014-2016) may be nominated for the Star Award beginning three years after they received the Rising Star.

Application reviews are based on demonstrated clinical excellence and expertise, including local, regional or national reputation, consistently high quality of patient care, professionalism and communication, leadership, ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students and administrators, clinical innovation, and continuous service to the Baylor community.

Please submit the following application materials by email as a single PDF file by 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2018 to the Office of Faculty Development at faced@bcm.edu.

  1. Transmittal form for nomination materials (download here).
  2. Nomination letter from section chief, chair, medical director or center director (Download example)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (BCM format).
  4. Personal statement of clinical expertise (maximum one page, single spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, minimum 11-point font size).
  5. Up to five letters of recommendation from providers, institutional leaders, consultants, administrators, patients and/or community leaders. Letters should reflect diverse viewpoints and describe clinical excellence from a variety of perspectives.
  6. Completed Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care portfolio (download here).
  7. Up to 10 pages of supporting material that provides documentation of activities described in portfolio.

Master Clinician Award for Excellence in Patient Care

The Master Clinician Award is Baylor's highest institution-wide honor for faculty contributions to patient care. Active faculty members who have made stellar and enduring contributions over the course of their careers to the clinical mission of the College may be considered for nomination.

Active full-time, part-time or voluntary associate professors or professors who have 15 or more years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member are eligible for this award. Candidates must be nominated by their section chief, chair, medical director or center director.

Nominees will be considered based on their enduring contributions to clinical excellence, expertise in patient care as recognized locally, regionally or nationally, professionalism and communication, leadership, mentoring, clinical innovation, and continuous service to the Baylor community.

Please submit the following application materials by email as a single PDF file by 5 p.m. Feb. 23, 2018 to the Office of Faculty Development at faced@bcm.edu.

  • Transmittal form for nomination materials (download here).
  • Nomination letter from section chief, chair, medical director or center director.
  • Curriculum Vitae (BCM format).
  • Up to five letters of recommendation from providers, institutional leaders, consultants, administrators, patients and/or community leaders. Letters should reflect diverse viewpoints and describe clinical excellence from a variety of perspectives.