Academy of Medical Educators

Membership in the Academy of Medical Educators signifies outstanding contribution to the educational missions of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Members are selected through a competitive application process​ based on their accomplishments in one or more aspects of medical education including:
  • Direct Teaching
  • Advising and Mentorship
  • Instructional Development and Curricular Design
  • Educational Administration and Leadership
  • Educational Scholarship and Research

Membership requires ongoing service to the Academy in the form of participation​ on one or more working groups, direct mentorship and career advising of junior medical educator faculty, and participation in faculty development offerings. ​


Application Process

There are no academic rank or degree requirements for membership in the Academy; the focus is on outstanding accomplishment. Excellence in any two areas of medical education (see below criteria) is necessary to qualify for membership. Selection is a competitive, criterion-based and external and internal peer-reviewed process. The number of applications accepted per year is limited and diversity of applicant contributions and departments is considered in the selection process. Excellence must be sufficiently documented via a Teacher’s Portfolio.​

The timeline to apply to the Academy of Medical Educators is: 

December 28​Deadline to submit an Email of Intent to Apply to
​February 4​Deadline to submit an Application
​May 6​New Members announced​


Successful applicants must:  

  • Demonstrate excellence through multiple measures in any two areas of medical education. Those areas include:
    • Direct Teaching
    • Instructional Development and Curricular Design
    • Advising and Mentorship
    • Educational Administration and Leadership
    • Educational Research and Scholarship
  • Appropriately follow all application instructions 

Application Requirements

​​​A Cover Letter:

  • Distinctly identify the two areas in which you believe you most competitively demonstrate excellence.
  • Depth of commitment in an area is weighted more heavily than superficial involvement in multiple areas.
  • Download starter template: 1 Cover Letter Template

​A Statement of Academy Contribution (LIMIT: 1 page)

  • Address how you as a member would commit to, promote and engage in the mission and work of the Academy. Please be specific.
  • You may wish to review the membership benefits and expectations outlined on the website.
  • Download starter template: Statement of Academy Contribution Template

​A Personal Statement: (LIMIT: 1 page)

  • Discuss your educational and teaching philosophy in the context of your students’ learning.
  • Reflect on your career as an educator – the past, the present and the future.
  • Personal Statement Template

​A Focused Teacher’s Portfolio: (LIMIT: 10 pages including any attachments)

  • Download the template (below) and use it to describe in detail your contributions in your two chosen areas of excellence, including how your contributions were measured.
  • Insert your area of excellence #1 into the first part of the template and:
    • Describe your activities (including, as would be relevant, the type and # of audience and learners) that support this area of excellence
    • Provide your role in these activities (leader, co-leader, etc)
    • Describe the vision, goals or objectives for the activities
    • Describe the methods for achieving the goals, objectives or vision of the activities
    • Document the results and impact by sharing evidence (e.g. ratings of instruction, course ratings, mentee progress, awards, ect). This can be presented in tables, charts, quotes from evaluations or formal interviews, etc.
    • Detail the dissemination of this activity
    • Include a reflective critique, demonstrating significant self reflection
    • ​​​N​​​ote: The competitiveness of your application will be primarily determined by your documented excellence in your two chosen areas of focus. ​
  • 4 Educators Portfolio Template

A Letter of Support

  • Ideally, this will come from your Department Chair or other individual who has the ability to attest to and briefly describe your accomplishments. 

​​Application Formatting Instructions

  • Please use 11 point Arial Font with 0.5” margins. The starter templates, above, have been formatted to these standards. 
  • Attachments or appendices will not be considered beyond the page limits. 
  • Submit the completed application using the online application link found in the next tab.

Direct Teaching

Include a detailed description of your teaching philosophy specify the contexts in which the teaching and learning occur. Describe your process of reflection on your teaching and your students’ learning. What changes in your teaching have you made as a result?

Include evidence of impact through both summary evaluations (generally in the form of a table) and representative student comments in stated areas.

State the average teaching rating for the other faculty who teach in that department/unit/course.

Awards for teaching are also relevant in this section, but must include a description of why the award was given and who was responsible for selecting the awardees.

Instructional Development and Curricular Design

  • Include a description of design and intended learner.
  • Include course evaluations or other measures to document the impact of the curriculum.
  • As a result of the evaluations, what changes did you make?

Advising and Mentorship

  • Describe you approach and philosophy to mentoring and advising. How has it changed over the years and why?
  • Include names, initials or description of mentees.
  • Include time frame and describe the commitment of the advising/mentoring relationship.
  • Include evidence of impact such as a description of the outcomes of your mentoring relationships, scholarship achieved, etc.

Educational Administration and Leadership

  • Include description of impact including things such as new program initiated, changes made, etc.
  • Where possible include evidence of impact of changes made, programs initiated, etc.

Educational Research and Scholarship

  • State relevant scholarship in education only, NOT basic, clinical, or translational research.
  • Include the number of refereed publications (including articles, curricula, online modules, books).

The application to the Academy of Medical Educators will be submitted online. 

Before starting, you need to have the elements from the Criteria & Requirements tab of this website saved as ONE document, in PDF format. You will then email that ONE .pdf document to Within the document, all font should be Arial 11 point with 0.5" margins. 

The elements of the application must be in the following order in your ONE .pdf document: 

  1. Cover Letter
  2. A statement of academy contribution 
  3. A peronal statement 
  4. A focused teacher's portfolio
  5. Letter of Support 

When you are ready to submit your ONE .pdf document, please email it to​.
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Examples of successful Academy Applications:

Please note, that these application do not reflect the newly created criteria and requirements which must be followed for future applications.

The Academy also provides faculty development on how to create a teacher's portfolio through workshops and are available in Crowd Wisdom under Building an Educator's Portfolio.