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. 

Due to potential conflict of interest and breach of patient confidentiality, letters of recommendation from patients or patients’ family members will NOT be accepted as supporting materials. In addition, do not solicit letters from trainees, clinical employee/staff currently working under the supervision of the candidate as this is considered a conflict of interest. Please do not include any patient letters (current or historical letters, notes, cards or documents from patients or patients’ family members) regardless of redaction of personal information. It is, however, acceptable to include historical letters or documents from nurses, trainees, employee/staff that have been received in the past. Please make certain that such support letters do not contain references to patient information or identifiers.

Deadlines for applications are - Early Career Nov. 12, 2018, Star Award Jan. 7, 2019, Master Clinician Feb. 25, 2019. Awards will be presented at Baylor’s Annual Awards Day on May 2019.

Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care

To be eligible you must be a full-time instructor or assistant professor engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of the time or a part-time instructor or assistant professor engaged in patient care for at least 75 percent of his or her allocated part-time. You must be in support of our clinical mission (please refer to FAQ) with at least two years and not more than six years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member. If administrative, educational, quality and scholarship activities are based on clinical patient care and clinical excellence, the effort can be included in patient care activities.

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.

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. 12, 2018 to the Office of Faculty Development at faced@bcm.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care

To be eligible for the Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care, you must be a full-time assistant professor, associate professor or professor engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of your time (FTE) or part-time assistant professor, associate professor or professor engaged in patient care for at least 75 percent of your allocated part-time in support of clinical mission (please refer to FAQ) with at least six years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member. 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. If administrative, educational, quality and scholarship activities are based on clinical patient care and clinical excellence, the effort can be included in patient care activities.

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.  

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. 7, 2019 to the Office of Faculty Development at faced@bcm.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  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, and/or community leaders. Letters should reflect diverse viewpoints and describe clinical excellence from a variety of perspectives.
  6. Note: Please do not include any patient of family letters regardless of redaction of patient identifiers.
  7. Completed Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care portfolio (download here).
  8. Up to 10 pages of supporting material that provides documentation of activities described in portfolio. Please note that the portfolio will need to be completed to reflect candidate’s excellence in patient care, without deferring to CV. 
  9. Note: Please do not leave the portfolio sections blank using statements like “please refer to CV”). Portfolios will be used for rating and should be able to stand alone. 
  10. Example of a completed Patient Care 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.

To be eligible you must be an active full-time, part-time or voluntary associate professor or professor who has 15 or more years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member. Candidates must be nominated by their section chief, chair, medical director or center director.

Please submit the following application materials by email as a single PDF file by 5 p.m. Feb. 25, 2019 to the Office of Faculty Development at faced@bcm.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions