Academy for Excellence in Clinical Medicine


The Academy for Excellence in Clinical Medicine (AECM) was established in 2021. The mission of AECM is 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.

The Academy is a collective of outstanding clinical faculty members in the School of Medicine who are highly engaged in the clinical mission. Each strives to have a significant impact on clinical endeavors in diverse settings with a variety of learners, patients, and peers. 


Howard Baum

Howard B.A. Baum, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Thomas Brent Graham

Thomas Brent Graham, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

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

Call for Nominations Process

  • For a nominee to move forward in the process, the faculty member must receive a minimum of three nominations.
  • The selection committee will be constituted with physician leaders from within the institution.
  • If a nominee moves forward, a rigorous review process will include a personal statement and letters from faculty, staff, learners, and patients and their families.

Member Expectations 

  • Promote excellence through education and mentoring of faculty and trainees
  • Plan and attend annual symposium on clinical excellence
  • Serve as subcommittee members of the Academy
  • Attend Academy events and meetings


2023 AECM Nominations are Open

Nominate HERE!

Nominations close on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

  • AECM Class of 2022
  • AECM Class of 2021
  • For more information about Academy for Excellence in Clinical Medicine (AECM), please contact the Academy Directors:

    Howard B.A. Baum, MD

    Associate Professor, Medicine

    Thomas Brent Graham, MD, MS

    Associate Professor, Pediatrics 

    For questions about AECM nomination or application materials, please contact:

    Maureen Gannon, PhD

    Associate Dean, Faculty Development

    Lisa Tarr

    Senior Program Manager, Faculty Development