Becoming a Member

Becoming a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators signals your

  • Excellence as a medical educator at P&S
  • Willingness to actively participate in the life of the Academy and the community of educators at P&S

Selection to the Academy is competitive and criterion based. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of senior Apgar Academy members. Applicants must have been on the P&S faculty for at least five years and must demonstrate:

  • Excellence in at least 2 areas of medical education, as outlined in attached criteria
  • Commitment to active participation in the Academy, as outlined in “responsibilities of members”

Application Materials and Instructions

  • An enhanced CV, designed to highlight activities related to medical education (please see instructions on compiling the cv in the accompanying document entitled "Welcome, Apgar Applicants").
  • A letter of nomination from your chair, program director, or someone who you feel can describe your accomplishments in medical education
  • A 1-page cover letter that highlights your accomplishments in the two areas of medical education in which you are demonstrating excellence—this should guide reviewers through your enhanced CV
  • A 1-page personal statement about how you would like to participate in the work of the Academy and what you feel that you will add to the Academy
  • A 1- to 2-page supplement documenting your excellence in medical education—this could include quantitative evaluations, as well as excerpts from narrative teaching evaluations (please do not include individual notes/letters from students)

Please complete the application as a 12 pt, single-spaced document with 1-inch margins and submit as a PDF to Wanda O'Connell at wo2145@cumc.columbia.edu.  Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018; please view the downloadable documents listed below. Please be sure to first 'Save As' the Application Word document before editing.

Guidance on CUMC Format for Curriculum Vitae (CV) 

2017-2018 Welcome Apgar Applicants

2017-2018 Application Form and Instructions