CDEM Awards

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Nominations Now Closed for 2023
Nominations for 2024 will open in January 2024

The Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) offer awards in various categories for clerkship directors and clerkship coordinators in emergency medicine.

CDEM has both the honor and pleasure of recognizing medical student faculty educators from across the country for their national dedication, innovation and achievements to undergraduate medical education. It is a great opportunity to reward our colleagues for the work they do. The five CDEM awards are the Clerkship Director of the Year Award, Clerkship Coordinator of the Year Award, Distinguished Educator Award, Innovation Award, and the Young Educator Award. Specifically, all nominations must fill out the the CDEM Award Form and include:

  1. Letter of support from nominator specifying which award the candidate is being nominated for and how the nominee fulfills the award criteria. (limit 2 pages)
  2. What is the relationship of the nominator to the nominee (Chairman, Residency Director, etc.) Self nominations are accepted.
  3. Curriculum vitae and/or teaching portfolio of the nominee.
  4. Nominations may also include other supporting documentation, such as a detailed description of curricular innovations, teaching evaluations, letters of support from colleagues, supervisor or students, funded grant or project applications, and publications.

Nominations are reviewed and ranked numerically for each award.


New CDEM Medical Education Fellow Travel Award
The CDEM Medical Education Fellow Travel Scholarship is a new award for 2022-2023 and provides financial assistance to travel to the SAEM Annual Meeting. The applicant should be a Medical Education Fellow; they may be an incoming fellow (after matching but prior to starting), a current fellow, or in their first year after completion of a medical education fellowship at the time of application. This award intends to help a fellow network and help promote their career focusing on undergraduate medical education. Fellows should show achievement and/or interest in undergraduate medical education. The recipient must agree to attend the CDEM business meeting at the SAEM Annual Meeting and present any applicable work they have done; they may also propose a didactic to present at the CDEM business meeting. At which time, CDEM will have the honor in recognizing the fellow for their accomplishment. The award is up to $1,000 with a maximum of two awards that can be given in any application cycle.

All nomination packets must include:
  • A letter of support from the medical education fellowship director (limit 2 pages) Note: we encourage the nominating program to pledge to fund any additional travel costs to the SAEM Annual Meeting that are not covered in full by this award, if possible
  • A personal statement detailing the applicant's interest in the award (limit 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae and/or teaching portfolio of the nominee

If you have any questions about the CDEM awards process, please contact