Master Clinician Award

This award honors faculty for sustained outstanding achievement in providing quality patient-centered care with compassion, integrity and honesty. To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be a full-time faculty member, either an associate professor or professor, at WVU Health Sciences on any campus and currently have responsibility for providing direct patient care for an average of at least 20 hours per week. Faculty with senior administrator responsibilities at the Health Sciences level (i.e. assistant vice president or higher) are excluded from eligibility.

Criteria for Selection

Nominees must meet criteria for excellence in clinical service and at least one additional domain (i.e., mentoring, leadership and scholarship):

Excellence in Clinical Service:

  • Recognition of clinical excellence by peers locally, regionally or nationally
  • Evidence of excellent clinical teaching skills
  • Evidence of provision of evidence-based care
  • Evidence of patient advocacy
  • Significant contributions in quality improvement initiatives in the clinical environment
  • Improved patient outcomes


  • Evidence of role modeling compassion, integrity and honesty
  • Outstanding verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Effective work as part of an interdisciplinary team


  • Recognition for excellence in learner or peer mentorship
  • Evidence of impact on learners and peers


  • Evidence of effect leadership locally, regionally or nationally, relevant to clinician role
  • Significant contributions to clinical program development
  • Development of new modalities for providing clinical care
  • Leadership in the development of new clinical curriculum or revision of existing curriculum


  • Presentations at regional and national meetings, relevant to clinician role
  • Publications in relevant clinical journals
  • Evidence of facilitating scholarly activity of learners, related to clinical role 

Contributes to a positive culture within their unit.

Required Materials for Nomination

  • Nomination letter, may be completed by learner, peer or supervisor (two-page limit)
  • Three letters of support from learners or peers
  • Personal statement by nominee regarding “being a clinician” (two-page limit)
  • Abridged CV, including degrees earned, positions held and duties associated with each, and relevant awards, honors, grants and publications (five-page limit)
  • Evaluations of clinical teaching
  • At least one example of how the nominee meets the criterion "contributes to a positive culture within their unit"
  • Optional Supporting Documents
    • Peer evaluations
    • Patient outcome data (must be de-identified, may be presented in aggregate)