The Jaclyne Witte Boyden Award

The Academy of Medical Educators’ annual Jaclyne Witte Boyden Award honors and recognizes exemplary service by School of Medicine staff in support of medical education. Named for former vice dean Jackie Boyden, a strong advocate for the Academy’s establishment, recipients are specially recognized in September at the Academy’s Celebration of New Members and will receive a framed certificate and choice of Bear Hugs gift certificates. All nominees will be acknowledged by letter.

2014 Guidelines

The submission deadline for 2014 has passed. 2015 Nomination information will be posted Spring 2015.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria
In 2014, the Boyden Award will recognize two outstanding School of Medicine staff members for their exemplary service to UCSF medical education: (a) for five or fewer years of service and (b) for more than five years of service.

We welcome nominees from all levels and sites, in all areas that support medical education: departmental medical education staff, residency coordinators, essential and clinical core staff, and Dean's Office staff. We especially encourage nominations of front-line employees who directly impact the school's medical education mission (e.g. “the unsung heroes”).

Each nominee’s performance should exhibit one or more of the following characteristics in support of medical education:

  • Contributes above and beyond his/her job description to activities, programs or events resulting in increased educational value for SOM learners.
  • Serves as a role model for teamwork and service to others.
  • Makes the school and/or department/unit a better place to work and to learn by consistently demonstrating an open and helpful attitude, and by communicating and working cooperatively with students, residents, colleagues, and faculty.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to excellence and inspires others to excel.

Submission of Nominations and Deadline
Any School of Medicine faculty member may submit a nomination (one per faculty member per year). A completed nomination packet must include:

A primary nomination (maximum two pages) from a School of Medicine faculty member citing specific examples in as many of the four characteristics noted above as applicable. (The primary nomination must include the nominee's work title, department, and years of service to medical education at UCSF.)

One supporting letter (maximum one page). Any School of Medicine faculty or staff member can submit a supporting letter. A staff (supervisor or colleague) letter is encouraged.

A committee comprised of Academy members and staff will review nominations and select two awardees. The awards will be presented at the Academy's annual Celebration of New Members on September 22, 2014.