skip to content »

Academy of Distinguished Educators

Houston, Texas

The Academy of Distinguished Educators recongizes faculty educational achievements and teaching contributions and promotes professional development.
Office of Faculty Development
not shown on screen


Who Can Submit an Abstract?

All persons holding a current Baylor College of Medicine academic appointment (student, post-doc, resident, or faculty), including those enrolled in BCM's Master Teachers Fellowship Program, are eligible to submit an abstract for presentation as a poster display at the Showcase. In addition, individuals enrolled in the Health Education Fellowship Program (HEFP) at University of Texas-Houston Medical School or in the University of Houston Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching with an Emphasis in the Health Sciences Program may also submit an abstract.

What Are The Benefits of Submitting an Abstract To The Showcase of Educational Scholarship?

There are several benefits from submitting and abstract to the Showcase of Educational scholarship including:

  • Submitting to a peer reviewed educational activity
  • Receiving peer reviewed feedback to guide future projects
  • Receiving an honorarium if selected as a top three finalist
  • Displaying your poster on the BCM website for one year if selected as top three finalist
  • Notifying your Chair if selected as a top three finalist
  • Networking at the Showcase with educational leaders having similar interest

What Kind of Educational Scholarship Work Can I Submit?

All submissions should demonstrate clear evidence of scholarship specific to education. Scholarship in education reflects those situations in which educators pose and systematically investigate questions related to teaching improvement and learner outcomes. For example, the educator recognizes and educational issue or problem in teaching or evaluation, searches for theoretical and practical solutions, develops a hypothesis, and then systematically evaluates it. Educational scholarship might also include development and examination of innovative teaching approaches or educational programs, creation and assessment of enduring educational materials, and development of and/or evaluation of novel approached to demonstrating learner competency or other outcomes.

Abstract submissions are welcomed in areas of educational scholarship including:

  • Content development
  • Instructional design
  • Instructional delivery
  • Learner assessment
  • Course management
  • Needs assessment
  • Educational Leadership

Note that evaluation or outcome data is required components to be eligible to receive and Educational Scholarship Recognition Award. We will accept abstracts that describe scholarly work in development. This work may be in the development, piloting, or implementation stages. Work that has been previously published or is under review may also be submitted.

How Do I Submit an Abstract?

Submit an abstract electronically to Remy Elizondo at by 5 p.m., Aug. 2, 2013.

  • The application consists of a project abstract. Use the Structured Abstract TEMPLATE to provide a structured summary of your work to be presented. Structure the summary using 3-5 appropriate headings (e.g., Background / Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions and Future Directions). Abstracts may not exceed 300 words and must follow the suggested format.
  • Abstract authors must indicate their intended use of multimedia at the time of submission (in order to plan poster spacing appropriately).
  • The individual submitting the abstract should be named as the primary author. In addition, the majority of the work must have been completed during the individual's association with BCM, the HEFP or the MEd Program.
  • Work that has been previously published should include a copy of the published manuscript with the abstract submission.

How Are Abstracts Judged?

All abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of individuals from within and outside of the BCM Academy of Distinguished Educators. All abstracts will receive peer reviewed feedback.

The panel will consider the following criteria when evaluating abstract submissions:

  • The educational purpose of the project is clear and meaningful
  • Appropriate methods were used to accomplish the project
  • The outcomes are of value to the educator and to other members of his/her educational community (within or outside of Baylor)
  • The format and content of the abstract is clear and grammatically correct (suggesting that the final poster will be as well)

What Should I Expect If My Abstract Is Accepted for Poster Presentation?

  • Electronic copies of your poster must be submitted 48 hours before the Showcase in either Power Point or PDF form. Submit via email to (These are essential to the judging process.)
  • Several examples of Showcase Posters can be viewed here by accessing the list of the Current Showcase Winners.
  • The maximum available space for posters is 4' x 8' (48" x 96").
  • However, We would suggest a slightly smaller size (3.5' X 6' or 42” x 72”).
  • You may bring handouts if you choose, but they are not required.
  • The first author (OR in rare cases, a co-author) must be present from 12 - 2 p.m. to answer any questions and provide a brief overview to those attending the Showcase, including the judges.
  • You may utilize multimedia though it is not required. However, you MUST provide your own table (for laptop, etc.) and the table must be NO larger than 20" W X 15" L X 30" H. (Hint: A sturdy TV tray can be appropriate.) All laptops or tablets, etc., must fit on this table and must be wireless. NO cords (for power or internet) are allowed. You must follow Showcase Staff's instructions regarding placement of the table on the day of the Showcase.
  • Posters may be displayed as early as 2 p.m. on the day before the Showcase, but must be displayed NO later than 10:30 a.m. on the day of the Showcase. Presenters should plan to take down posters at 3 p.m. on the day of the Showcase.

What Criteria Will Be Used By The Judges To Evaluate The Posters For A Possible Educational Scholarship Recognition Awards?

  • The goals are clear, supported by theoretical and/or applied literature, as well as reflect innovation and creativity.
  • The project design and methods used to develop and/or evaluate the project are appropriately matched to the goals.
  • The extent to which results included evaluative data (quantitative or qualitative) and are meaningful to other educators within or outside of BCM.
  • The quality of poster presentation (e.g., clarity, visual appeal, creativity, etc.) and of the oral discussion (e.g., clarity, ability to answer questions, etc.).
  • The degree to which the results of the work will inform and lead to additional scholarly projects.

For further information concerning the showcase, contact David A. Young, M.D., Chair, Educational Showcase at Submit abstracts to Remy Elizondo at 713-798-7285 or .

E-mail this page to a friend