GME Program Director Award of Excellence

Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2019 award!

The submission window has now closed. Information for 2020 will be posted as it becomes available.

This award recognizes one program director annually who best exemplifies qualities of a leader, effective educator, resident advocate and role model. 


Program directors of a University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences-sponsored accredited residency or fellowship program with three or more years of experience are eligible.

Award Criteria

The nominee should make outstanding contributions to UB Graduate Medical Education through:

  • local, regional or national participation
  • collaboration on committees, work groups and/or presentations in support of peer to peer education
  • additional activities exhibiting nominee’s leadership qualities


A minimum of three narratives must be submitted:

Each nomination submitted should exemplify why your nominee is deserving of the GME Program Director Award of Excellence. The submission should address the award criteria in 500 words or less, and provide details that support the nominee's involvement to document the criteria as noted above.

Please ensure submission of a very robust narrative on behalf of your candidate. Submissions that do not cite examples supporting the award criteria cannot be considered.

Required Nominations

Three nomination letters are required from:

  • department chair or division chief
  • a resident or fellow
  • the training program administrator

Additional Nominations

You may submit one additional nomination from any of these constituencies for a total of four:

  • dean
  • faculty member
  • UB-affiliated hospital leader

Funding Details

An award of $900 will be granted to an exemplary candidate restricted to registration at or travel to a national meeting and must be claimed by December 31, 2019.


  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019: Call for nominations
  • Monday, April 8, 2019: Completed application packets are due to the office of Graduate Medical Education via the online submission form.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019: We notify award recipients.
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019: Awards ceremony at the combined GMEC/Program Directors’ Advisory Committee Meeting. Reception immediately following.

Prior Recipients


If you have any questions or wish to submit your nomination directly via email, send them to:

Sharon M. Sullivan

Director, Operations & Project Management

Office of Graduate Medical Education

955 Main Street, Room 7210, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6124; Fax: (716) 829-3999