Simplified application process expected to boost candidates
The Academy’s Alan Stoudemire Award—for innovation and excellence in C-L Psychiatry education—has been refreshed with new criteria and an honorarium of USD 1,000.
The award will be given to an individual or group who has/have developed and/or led a creative educational program in C-L Psychiatry directed at any experience level—from medical students to board-certified physicians—that is outstanding by virtue of its excellence, innovation, and impact.
In keeping with Dr. Stoudemire’s legacy of interest in the training of medical students and psychiatry residents, applications are especially encouraged on behalf of programs geared to these two groups. Preference will also be given to programs which include educational materials that can be accessed and utilized by other institutions.
Applications will close on July 1 and awards will be made this year.
Priya Gopalan, MD, FACLP, chair of the Fellowship and Awards Subcommittee, submitted to the ACLP Board proposed criteria changes on behalf of the subcommittee.
The Board agreed that the new criteria should aim to generate increased interest in an award that has traditionally struggled to draw applications consistently.
“The primary aim is to rebrand the award and package it in a way that is simpler and more appealing to potential applicants,” says Dr. Gopalan.
The newly named Stoudemire Innovations in Education Award will continue to focus on medical students, residents, and C-L Psychiatry fellow education.
The main change to the submission process is that now there is no requirement for letters of support. A template has also been provided for inputting responses to clear and simple requirements, including:
ACLP president Maria Tiamson-Kassab, MD, FACLP, says: “The Board is highly supportive of suggestions to simplify the application process and introduce a monetary stipend. This award has been crying out for this kind of reappraisal.”
The award recipient will be invited to prepare a poster for the Academy’s fall scientific meeting presenting the winning educational program. As well as the honorarium, the award consists of complimentary meeting registration.
Criteria for the award and an application template are here.