Nomination Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00pm ET

Nominations for the ACH Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award should be sent electronically to Rachel Poarch at
Awards will be presented at the 2020 ACH ENRICH Healthcare Communication Course & Research Forum taking place June 26-28, 2020 in Austin, TX.
Nominees should be available to attend this event in the event they are selected as an awardee.  

Awardees are provided travel expense reimbursement for travel to the course/conference
where they accept their award, along with complimentary registration.

About the Award:
The ACH Healthcare Communication Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who advance the field of healthcare communication. 
Criteria for the Teaching Excellence award include at least one of the following:
  • Healthcare communication teaching that has made an impact beyond the candidate's institution
  • Original and innovative communication teaching and learning
  • Communication training in a particularly challenging environment
The award committee will look for evidence and recognition from others such as:
  • Evaluations from participants in a healthcare communication education program
  • Invitations to present at other institutions
  • Although not required, publications in peer-reviewed journals or durable education resources (e.g. MedEdPORTAL, book chapters) will add further support
  • Evidence of a sustained impact of teaching and/or curricular materials or programs
  • Letters of support

Eligibility: Nominators should be members of ACH. Upon acceptance of the award the winner should be a member of ACH.

Nominators, please submit the following materials to Rachel Poarch at
Nominations can be sent by candidates themselves or by colleagues with the candidate's agreement.
  • Cover letter
  • An up-to-date CV of the nominee
  • A description of the healthcare communication program through which the nominee has made a significant and outstanding contribution to health care communication: nominees should provide an example of teaching materials that are particularly representative
  • Two letters of recommendation by senior colleagues or others, describing the accomplishments of the nominee and explaining how the nominee fulfills the criteria for the award in the field of health care communication teaching

Congratulations to the 3rd Annual Award Winner, Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH!

Maysel Kemp White

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, and staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Health Care Systemin San Francisco. After undergraduate work at Yale, he received his PhD in microbiology and his MD at Columbia University, and subsequently completed residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. As Vice President for External Education for the Academy of Communication in Healthcare, he is recognized throughout the United States for his efforts in education and research to enhance communication between patients and physicians. Currently he is director of VALOR, an innovative longitudinal program based at the VA that emphasizes humanistic clinical skill development for medical students. He also held the first endowed Academy Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UCSF.  He has delivered communication skills curricula for providers at health systems across the country, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Stanford Health, New York Presbyterian, Wake Forest, and Texas Children’s Hospital.  His research interests include assessment of curricular developments in clinical skills and clinical skills remediation, forces influencing feedback in health sciences education, and enhancing communication or interprofessional trainees. He is co-editor of the books Remediation in Medical Education: A Midcourse Correction, and Communication Rx: Transforming Healthcare Through Relationship-Centered Communication.  

Award Recipients

2019 - Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH
2018 - Maysel Kemp White, PhD, MFT
2017 - Jane Shaw, PhD, DVM

Copyright © 2020 Academy of Communication in Healthcare ACH
201 E. Main Street, Suite 1405 Lexington, KY 40507 Phone: 859-514-9211 Fax: 859-514-9207
Site designed and maintained by AMR Management Services
Terms Of Use|Privacy Statement