About AECM

The Academy for Excellence in Clinical Medicine (AECM) in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) was established to honor exemplary clinicians who combine humanism, professionalism and a passion for patient care with a scholarly approach to improving patient health and who will establish a community of leaders to promote clinical excellence. These clinicians are often overlooked by traditional methods to honor faculty and are increasingly important in an era of rapid change in medicine. In addition to the honor of membership, elected members will play a large role in promoting clinical excellence and the art of medicine through professional development and mentoring. The Academy is a transformative program for VUSM clinical faculty members. 

2022 AECM Nominations are Now Closed!

Qualifications for nomination

  • Must be a faculty clinician in the School of Medicine
  • Must devote at least 50% effort to clinical care
  • Faculty clinicians who typically do not have patient contact are eligible (pathology, radiology, etc.)
  • Non-M.D. faculty clinicians are eligible if they meet other qualifications
  • Must be employed at VUMC for a minimum of 5 years at the time of call for nominations and an active member of the clinical faculty at the time of the award
  • Minimum 4.5 Star rating on Press Ganey patient evaluations