Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education

Honoring and celebrating an outstanding Program Director in ophthalmology, the award recognizes the critical role of the Program Director and celebrates the contributions of the awardee.

The Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education (the “Straatsma Award”) was established through the generosity of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) and private funds to recognize and celebrate an outstanding Program Director in ophthalmology. The award carries the name and honors the accomplishments of Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, JD, former Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA and former Director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute. The award is presented annually at the Annual Meetings of the AAO and the AUPO and includes a cash prize.

2016 Straatsma Award Recipient

Stephen J. Gedde, MD  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Stephen J. Gedde, MD 
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Dr. Gedde is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Vice Chairman of Education at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  He received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.  Dr. Gedde completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital, where he served as a Chief Resident.  He pursued a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, after which he joined the faculty.  He has served as Bascom Palmer’s Residency Program Director for the past 17 years.

During Dr. Gedde’s tenure as Program Director, Bascom Palmer’s residency has consistently ranked as the top ophthalmology training program in peer surveys by Ophthalmology Times and Doximity.  He attributes the success of the residency program to outstanding chairmen and faculty who have been deeply committed to teaching the next generation of ophthalmologists.  Dr. Gedde has published over 300 articles, book chapters, and abstracts.  Several of his peer-reviewed papers and chapters are on subjects related to residency education.  Dr. Gedde is Editor of the Morning Rounds section of EyeNet, a forum for residents to publish interesting case reports.  He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Ophthalmology, Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, International Journal of Ophthalmic Research, Ocular Surgery News, EyeWorld, and Ophthalmology Management.

Dr. Gedde has been involved in multiple committees in national organizations focusing on residents and young ophthalmologists. He is the glaucoma representative on the OKAP Committee for the AAO.  He is an Associate Examiner and member of the Exam Development Committee for the ABO, and he previously served on the ABO Program Directors Task Force.  Dr. Gedde will join the ABO Board of Directors at the end of this year.  He is a member of the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee and a past member of the Program Directors Council and Straatsma Award Selection Committee for the AUPO.  Dr. Gedde has served on the Resident and Fellows Program Committee and Resident Education Task Force for the ASCRS.  He has participated in the Education and Communication Committee for the AGS.  He has presented on topics involving residency education at annual meetings of the AAO, ASCRS, and AGS.  Dr. Gedde has been honored with several teaching awards in recognition of his commitment to residency education.  He received Professor of the Year Awards and a First Year Teaching Award at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  He was selected as South Florida’s Excellence in Health Care Educator of the Year.

Additional Information

Eligibility

Nominees for the Straatsma Award must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be an Associate Member of AUPO and a Member or Fellow of the AAO
  • Have served as a Program Director at an ACGME-accredited AUPO member program for a minimum of 3 years
  • Currently serve as the Program Director
  • Embody the qualities of:
    • Commitment to resident education
    • Dedication to the residency training process
    • Active engagement in program leadership
    • Innovation in and/or advancement of residency education in Ophthalmology at the Regional, National or AUPO level
  • Be the consummate teacher/mentor/advisor

Special consideration in the selection process will be given to:

  • current activities, not simply to length of service or to contributions made many years previously
  • nominees who have published in peer-reviewed literature on subjects related to residency education
  • innovative work
  • those who have achieved a leadership role in medical education
  • achievement in mentoring other educators/future educators

Nominations

  • Candidates must be nominated by their Department Chair
  • The Application Packet must include the following items (10 pt. font or greater):
    • A letter (not to exceed three pages) from the Chair summarizing the Nominee’s special qualifications for the Award and verifying that, if awarded
      • The cash prize will be awarded directly to the Awardee and not counted against normal compensation or deposited in department accounts
      • The Awardee will attend both the Annual Meetings of the AAO and the AUPO to receive the Award
    • Two (2) supporting letters (each not to exceed two pages) from faculty, current residents, or past residents who trained under the Nominee
    • A copy of the Nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae
    • A signed letter from the Nominee (not to exceed two pages) summarizing the Nominee’s accomplishments as Program Director and plans for future activities. The Nominee must also agree in the letter to address the AUPO Annual Meeting on a topic related to residency training if chosen as the Awardee

The completed application packet must be compiled by the Department Chair and submitted electronically by April 15.

Application period is currently closed and will re-open again in February.

Selection Process

  • All completed applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and a recommendation forwarded to the AUPO Board of Trustees for approval and the AAO Board of Trustees for approval.
  • The Awardee will be notified in July.

Past Straatsma Award Recipients

2015

Tara Uhler, MD Thomas Jefferson University Wills Eye Hospital
Tara Uhler, MD
Thomas Jefferson University
Wills Eye Hospital

 

2014

Laura L. Wayman, MD Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Laura L. Wayman, MD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Vanderbilt Eye Institute

 

2013

Andreas K. Lauer, MD Oregon Health and Sciences University Casey Eye Institute
Andreas K. Lauer, MD
Oregon Health and Sciences University
Casey Eye Institute

 

2012

Thomas A. Oetting, MD University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Thomas A. Oetting, MD
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

 

2011

- Richard A. Harper, MD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Richard A. Harper, MD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

 

2010

Maria M. Aaron, MD Emory University School of Medicine Emory Eye Center
Maria M. Aaron, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Emory Eye Center

 

2009

Mark S. Juzych, MD  Wayne State University Kresge Eye Institute
Mark S. Juzych, MD
Wayne State University
Kresge Eye Institute

 

2008

Paul D. Langer, MD New Jersey Medical School
Paul D. Langer, MD
New Jersey Medical School

 

2007

James P. Dunn Jr., MD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Wilmer Eye Institute
James P. Dunn Jr., MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Wilmer Eye Institute

 

2006

Karl C. Golnik, MD, Med University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Cincinnati Eye Institute
Karl C. Golnik, MD, Med
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati Eye Institute

 

2005

Anthony C. Arnold, MD University of California, Los Angeles Jules Stein Eye Institute
Anthony C. Arnold, MD
University of California, Los Angeles
Jules Stein Eye Institute

 

2004

Nicholas J. Volpe, MD University of Pennsylvania Health Systems Scheie Eye Institute
Nicholas J. Volpe, MD
University of Pennsylvania Health Systems
Scheie Eye Institute

 

2003

Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD University of Southern California Doheny Eye Institute
Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD
University of Southern California
Doheny Eye Institute