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Faculty Awards

There are several awards given yearly to faculty acknowledging their contributions to Yale School of Medicine, Yale Medicine, and beyond.

Francis Gillman Blake Award

The Francis Gillman Blake Award was established in 1952 by Nu Sigma Nu. Endowed by Dr. Robert C. Kirk, B.S. 1930, as a memorial to his twin brother, Dr. Gilman D. Kirk, B.S. 1930. Awarded annually to that member of the faculty of Yale School of Medicine designated by the senior class as the most outstanding teacher(s) of the medical sciences.

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Charles W. Bohmfalk Prizes

Award Description

The Charles W. Bohmfalk Prizes were established in 1989 under the terms of the Alice Bohmfalk Charitable Trust. Prestigious prizes are awarded annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the teaching program, one in the basic sciences and one in the clinical sciences, as judged by the faculty and students.

Alvan R. Feinstein Award

Alvan R. Feinstein Award is presented to a Yale School of Medicine faculty member chosen as outstanding teacher of the year of clinical skills by a committee of chairs of the clinical departments, associate chairs, and students.

John N Forrest, Jr, MD Prize for Mentorship in Student Research

John N Forrest, Jr, MD Prize for Mentorship in Student Research: established in 2020 to recognize a faculty member who provided exceptional mentoring in student research. To be presented annually at Research Day.

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Award Description

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, was established in 1998 by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. It is awarded to the graduating medical student and faculty member who demonstrate the highest standards of compassion and sensitivity in their interaction with patients.

Leah M. Lowenstein Award

Leah M. Lowenstein Award is presented annually by the Office of Women in Medicine to faculty members who are models of a medical educator whose humane teaching reaches and influences all students regardless of gender, race, and socioeconomic background. These are the traits espoused by the late Leah Lowenstein, a medical educator and first female dean of a coeducational medical school.

Physician Associate Program Outstanding Didactic Course Award

Physician Associate Program Outstanding Didactic Course Award is awarded for dedication and excellence in the classroom.

Physician Associate Program Outstanding Preceptor Award

Physician Associate Program Outstanding Preceptor Award is awarded for dedication and excellence on rotations.

Physician Associate Program Class of 2023 Award

The Physician Associate Class of 2023 Award recognizes faculty for their support and dedication to the Yale PA Program and the Class of 2023.

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Physician Associate Program Jack Cole Society Award

The Jack Cole Society Award recognizes significant contributions in support of the Physician Associate (PA) profession.

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David J Leffell Prize for Clinical Excellence

Award Description

The David J Leffell Prize for Clinical Excellence recognizes the Yale Medicine faculty member who best exemplifies clinical expertise, a commitment to teaching, and the highest standards of care and compassion for patients. The recipient represents the best in clinical medicine and serves as a role model for faculty peers, residents, fellows, and medical students.

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Distinguished Clinical Career Awards

Award Description

The Yale Medicine Distinguished Clinical Career Awards recognize and honors the careers of physicians marked by significant accomplishments, exemplary dedication, and important contributions in advancing Yale Medicine, the overall medical profession, and the community. These awards honor faculty members who have devoted their career to Yale, and who are widely recognized as distinguished clinicians.

Physicians nominated for the Yale Medicine Distinguished Clinical Career Awards must be a current ladder-track member of the faculty and have served as a faculty member for at least 20 years. Up to five recipients may be selected annually for the Yale Medicine Distinguished Clinical Career Awards.

Excellence in Quality and Safety Award

Award Description

In support of Yale Medicine’s comprehensive commitment to providing medical care of exceptional quality, the annual Yale Medicine Excellence in Quality and Safety Award recognizes a physician who has demonstrated significant contributions to improving the quality and safety of patient care, creating a positive and collaborative culture, and for providing exceptional patient experiences at Yale Medicine.

National and International Awards

Nominations for National and International Prizes and Awards

There are many prize opportunities to recognize innovations and achievements in the biomedical sciences. Members of our outstanding faculty are encouraged to seek such recognition first through their department chair’s office for awards in specific specialties.

For highly competitive national and international prizes limited to one submission, nominations are coordinated through the dean’s office. This list is provided as a guide for prominent prizes in areas relevant to faculty at the School of Medicine. To nominate a faculty member who merits this recognition, contact the dean's office by the internal deadline with the name and a brief summary of accomplishments for consideration of nomination by Dean Brown.

Previous YSM Awardees

Select national and international prestigious prizes and awards received by YSM faculty.