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Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award

Established: 1968
In Honor of: Dr. Jane F. Desforges, a Master of the College and the first woman to receive the award (award named in her honor in 2007).

The award is bestowed upon a Fellow or Master of the College who has demonstrated the ennobling qualities of a great teacher as judged by the acclaim and accomplishments of former students who have been inspired and have achieved positions of leadership in the field of medical education, primarily as teachers. If the awardee has not previously been elected to Mastership, he or she will be awarded Mastership when elected.

The Awards Committee requires at least two supporting letters for the nominee from former students/trainees who have gone on to become outstanding teachers themselves. The nominator is asked to provide a description of the candidate's current or past direct teaching activities as well as a description of the nominee's advising and mentoring activities with individuals other than the nominator. Teaching awards and honors should be listed along with a brief description of the criteria used to select award recipients, if not evident from the title.

Nominating and supporting letters should address:

  • How has the nominee influenced you as a teacher in medical education?
  • What is unique about the nominee's teaching style/method?
  • Are there measures/indicators of the level of the nominee's commitment to students/residents and medical education?
  • What of your accomplishments do you attribute to the influence of the nominee in her/his role as a mentor or role model?

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Full Lists of Recipients