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Submit your Silver Level application, and give TMA the opportunity to recognize you for excellence in academic medicine! To be eligible for the Silver Level achievement, you must have at least 5 years of service in an academic faculty position and maintained active membership in TMA for the last 5 years.  

Download a Silver Level application (PDF)
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Newly Revised Criteria
The TMA Subcommittee for Academic Physicians took to heart the feedback provided after the first two award cycles and have revised the eligibility requirements for each level. We encourage you to take another look at the eligibility criteria and consider applying.

General Criteria (minimums)

  • Years in an academic faculty position: 5 within the past 10 years
  • Years of supervision of students/residents/fellows: 5
  • Number of TMA meetings/events attended: 3
  • Years of active TMA membership: past 5 years
  • Performance Milestones completed:
  • Role Modeling in Leadership, Advocacy/Health Policy and Community Service activities completed: 2

Performance Milestones
You must have completed at least 5 of the activities below, with activities from at least 2 of the 3 categories:

Scholarly Activity:

  • Prepared and successfully presented as part of a workshop, seminar, or research presentation at a peer-reviewed and/or CME-accredited local, state, or national meeting; 
  • Served as the author or co-author of publication(s) in a refereed scientific journal or textbook chapter; 


  • Mentored students, residents, fellows or faculty members; 

Professional Development/Recognition

  • Completed an academic fellowship focused on teaching, medical education, quality improvement, advocacy, or executive leadership development;
  • Received a local, state, or national award of distinction for teaching, patient care, research, or service; or
  • Completed a formal professional development course or program, including certificate or degree programs.  

Role Modeling, Leadership, Advocacy/Health Policy and Community Service
You must have completed at least 1 of the leadership roles below:

 Leadership Roles in Organized Medicine; or Service on Federal or State Agency Oversight Bodies

  • Served in at least one of the following roles:
    1. TMA and/or local county medical society officer;
    2. Member of TMA or AMA House of Delegates; 
    3. Officer or member of a board/council/committee/ad hoc group within TMA or a county medical society;
    4. Served as an officer of another organization of organized medicine (e.g., specialty society, academic physician group); 
    5. Voting delegate to a policy-making body such as a house of delegates within another organization of organized medicine; 
    6. Officer or member of a board/council/committee or ad hoc group within another organization of organized medicine; or 
    7. Officer or member of an oversight body for a state or federal agency that has regulatory power over programs that impact medical education or the medical profession (that is not your primary employer).  

AND  completed at least 1 of the additional activities from either of the 2 categories below: 

Participation in Advocacy for Organized Medicine:  

  • Communicated with at least one legislative or congressional member (local, state, or federal government) or a key member of their staff, regarding TMA priorities; 
  • Participation in an organized medicine Capitol “advocacy day;” or 

Participation in Community Service:

  • Had involvement in community activities, programs, and/or non-profit organizations that impact the health and welfare of the community.  

Award Overview

Nominations: Self-nominating only or nomination by another TMA member using the online nomination form.

Recognition received: Recognition in TMA’s award-winning news magazine, Texas Medicine, the monthly e-newsletter, It’s Academic, and in the Handbook Report for the next scheduled TMA House of Delegates annual meeting.  Invitation to attend TMA Council on Medical Education meeting at TexMed to receive framed certificate.  

Selection process:
 Complete an application form (required by all for consideration, regardless if nominated or self-nominating)  and meet all eligibility requirements above. All applications are subject to review by the selection committee appointed by the TMA Council on Medical Education and Subcommittee for Academic Physicians. You will be notified of your eligibility for recognition in early 2015. 

Number of recipients:

Application deadline:
5pm (CST) December 8, 2014  

Award date:
Award ceremonies at TexMed 2015 conference in Austin, Texas on May 1-2, 2015.

TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine - Home 
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View Complete Award Criteria (PDF)
Submit your Silver Level application

PLEASE NOTE: To qualify for the award program, applicants must have active, paid membership in TMA. If you have not had active, paid TMA membership for the prescribed amount of time specified in the criteria for each level, you will NOT be eligible and should not apply.  

Please direct any questions about the program, and submit your completed application to:

Jennifer McHaney, Coordinator, TMA Medical Education Department
401 W. 15th St.; Austin, TX 78701
(512) 370-1451

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