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Presidential Award for Excellence in Education

Houston, Texas

The Michael E. DeBakey Center at BCM
Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
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Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation

Image of a penThe nominators, with input from candidates, will submit to the office of the dean of medical education names of individuals whom they would like to write letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate. The office of the dean of medical education will contact these individuals.

If you are requested to write a letter for a candidate you should:

  • Indicate your relationship to the candidate, length of association and basis upon which the recommendation is made.
  • Address in detail specifics of the educational criteria taking advantage of personal, first hand knowledge and experience with the candidate’s work. It is important to select those criteria that you are qualified to discuss, providing credible testimony regarding the candidate’s accomplishments.
  • Address the breadth and exceptional educational contributions of the candidate as perceived by yourself, learners, peers and colleagues, demonstrating that the candidate is widely held in high esteem.
  • It is important for your letter to discuss major examples of the candidate's contributions; however, please refrain from attaching additional supporting material, such as reprints or evaluations.

While the committee will again review candidates’ curriculum vitae and biosketch it is anticipated that the letters of recommendation will have a great influence on the selection of award recipients.

The letter must be submitted to the office of the dean of medical education by the deadline for letters of recommendation (see Timeline) in order to be considered.

Letters of Recommendation addressed to the Selection Committee may be mailed to:

Internal Address

Barbara & Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award For Excellence In Education
Office of the Dean of Medical Education
MS: BCM 104
Attn: Wendy M. Fitzgerald

External Address

Barbara & Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award For Excellence In Education
Office of the Dean of Medical Education
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, MS: BCM 104
Houston, Texas 77030
Attn: Wendy M. Fitzgerald

Or, Letters of Recommendation addressed to the Selection Committee may be scanned and emailed as attachments to:

Wendy M. Fitzgerald at wmfitzge@bcm.edu

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