Jun 7, 2013
Sean P. Elliott, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been nominated by the UA Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES) and UA College of Medicine – Tucson Dean Steve Goldschmid, MD, for an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award.
The prestigious Glaser awards were established by the AOA Medical Honor Society in 1988 to encourage greater recognition of the significant contributions to medical education made by gifted teachers. They are based on a national competition conducted through the offices of the deans of U.S. and Canadian medical schools. Only one nominee is permitted per school and only four nominees are selected nationally for these awards, so simply being nominated is a high honor.
Recipients of the Glaser Awards are selected by a committee appointed jointly by AOA and the Association of American Medical Colleges. The 2013 awards will be presented at the AAMC annual meeting in Philadelphia in November.
A specialist in pediatric infectious diseases who cares for hospitalized children at The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s and its affiliated outpatient clinics throughout Tucson, Dr. Elliott is an outstanding and innovative clinical educator, a curricular leader and a thoughtful scholar. He joined the UA faculty in 2000 as assistant professor of pediatrics and serves in a variety of leadership roles including chairman and medical director of infection prevention; pediatrics residency program director; co-program director of the pediatric emergency medicine residency program; and co-program director and associate chair for resident education in the UA Department of Pediatrics.
He earned the Outstanding New Faculty Award in 2001 and, in just six years following his first faculty appointment, his interactive clinical style was recognized by third- and fourth-year medical students who named him Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year. He earned the award three years in a row, gaining him the Educator of the Year Lifetime Award in 2009. He is a three-time Dean’s List for Excellence in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences awardee. He has earned induction into the UA College of Medicine AOA and was recognized with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 2013.
As block director of the Prologue Block in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s ArizonaMed curriculum, he has been recognized for the quality of his contributions in graduate medical education and is in wide demand in continuing medical education activities.
He is a founding member of the Academy of Medical Education Scholars at the UA and as its chair he oversaw the creation of a new teaching workshop program, as well as the Teaching Scholars Program. He was instrumental in the development of an Educational Portfolio, now a routine part of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson’s promotion and tenure process.
He serves on many education-related committees, including the Department of Pediatrics Education Committee, which he has chaired since 2004, and is a member of the College of Medicine promotion and tenure committee. He also is on the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Healthcare-Associated Infection Advisory Committee and has oversight of all infection prevention activities within The University of Arizona Health Network. Since 2010, he has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America.