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.

The nomination period for 2022 is open through April 15.

Nomination Form

2021 Straatsma Award Recipient

Evan (Jake) Waxman, MD, PhD
Evan (Jake) Waxman, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Eye Center

Dr. Evan “Jake” Waxman is the Vice Chair for Education at the UPMC Eye Center at the University of Pittsburgh. He has served as the director of medical student activities in his department since he started at Pitt in 1999 and as residency program director since 2004. He is proud to be a graduate of the MD, PhD program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and to have had Steven Podos as a mentor. He is equally proud to be a graduate of the residency program at UC Davis and to have had the opportunity to have trained under AUPO members Drs. John Keltner and Mark Mannis.

Dr. Waxman is the recipient of numerous medical student teaching awards including the William I. Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kenneth Schuitt Award recognizing the Dean’s Master Educators and the AUPO’s own Excellence in Medical Student Education Award. He has received numerous resident teaching awards and is currently the chair of the AAO Resident Self-Assessment Committee. He served two terms on the AAO Committee for Resident Education and is a past president of the AUPO Program Directors Council. He serves as the AUPO liaison to the Organization of Program Directors Associations. Dr. Waxman is the founder and director of Pitt Med’s Guerilla Eye Service (GES), an outreach effort that brings eye care to neighborhoods and people that would not otherwise have access. GES makes use of portable equipment and the energies of medical students, residents and faculty to provide complete eye exams at primary care clinics for indigent patients. Dr. Waxman has been recognized with the Pitt Chancellor’s Award for Service, the Jefferson Award, the Gold Humanism Society’s Leonard Tow Award and Carnegie Science Catalyst for Professional and Community Education Award for these efforts.

 

Award Information

Eligibility

Nominees for the Straatsma Award must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a 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 nomination form completed by the Chair
    • One (1) supporting letter (each not to exceed two pages) from an ophthalmologist who is not a current trainee 
    • A copy of the Nominee’s current Curriculum Vitae
    • A list of peer-reviewed publications by the Nominee that are relevant to residency education
    • 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 present at the AUPO Annual Meeting on a topic related to residency training if chosen as the Awardee.
  • The application packet must be compiled by the Department Chair and submitted electronically by April 15.

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 by July.

Past Straatsma Award Recipients

2020

R. Michael Siatkowski, MD, MBA
R. Michael Siatkowski, MD, MBA
University of Oklahoma
Dean McGee Eye Institute

 

2019

Susan Culican, MD, PhD
Susan Culican, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Graduate Medical Education

2018

Preston Blomquist, MD
Preston Blomquist, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

2017

Shahzad Mian, MD
Shahzad Mian, MD
University of Michigan
Kellogg Eye Center

2016

Steven Gedde, MD
Steven Gedde, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

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