Academy of Clinical Excellence

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Academy of Clinical Excellence (ACE) was established to define, recognize, and perpetuate excellence in clinical care by faculty, trainees, and students. It honors the clinical faculty who contribute to the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons through patient care marked by evidence-based clinical science coupled with deeply compassionate humanism. Each inductee is asked to continue to maintain an active role in the Academy, working on one of the steering committees that will support faculty and trainee mentorship, special lectures and events, and communications.

The concept of ACE at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons was first proposed in 2011 by Dean Lee Goldman. In the spring of 2015, a 14 member committee was selected to consider on the feasibility of such an academy, to develop an organizational charter, and to plan for the process of receiving the first round of applicants to the Academy.

The purpose of the existence of ACE is to afford the clinical faculty who contribute to the P&S community predominantly through patient care a method of being recognized for the highest level of achievement. The Academy will allow clinical faculty to be honored by their peers for having met benchmark standards of excellence. One of the difficult aspects of formulating such an academy is developing agreed-upon metrics for assessing clinical excellence and this topic has been the main agenda item for the deliberations of the founding committee for the Academy.

Each member of the Academy exhibits excellence in the following characteristics: reputation, communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and humanism, diagnostic acumen, skillful negotiation of the health care system, knowledge, scholarly approach to clinical care, commitment to mentoring trainees and junior colleagues, and passion for clinical medicine.

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