The Society of Teaching Scholars

The Mission Statement of the Society of Teaching Scholars (STS) at the University of Florida, College of Medicine is: To honor and foster teaching and educational scholarship.


Teaching scholars are asked to mentor junior faculty on teaching improvement and serve in an advisory capacity to the Faculty Development Committee and COMEC (College of Medicine Education Center). The Society also sponsors the annual “Medical Education Week” that features lectures and workshops on relevant educational topics. Current members of the Society are responsible for selecting new members based on nominations and a teaching portfolio.

Objectives of the Society

  • To provide a forum to recognize and reward College of Medicine faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment to the formation of physicians and scientists.
  • To provide an incentive for the faculty member’s professional development as an educational scholar and role model.
  • To identify a cadre of recognized experts to advise the College of Medicine on ways to enhance its educational mission, as well as to serve as mentors/role models to junior faculty, residents, and students.
  • To demonstrate the College of Medicine’s commitment to high quality teaching and learning, plus continuous quality improvement process of the educational program.


Recipients for
Lifetime Achievement Award Hippocratic Award
Kenneth Kellner Award
Sustained Excellence in Medical Education Award


2023 New Members

Jason Blatt

Jason Blatt MD, FAANS, FAAP

Carma Bylund

Carma Bylund

Petra E Duran-Gehring

Petra E Duran-Gehring MD

Brenda G Fahy

Brenda G Fahy MD, MCCM

Mariam Rahmani

Mariam Rahmani M.D.

Elisa M Sottile

Elisa M Sottile M.D.

Ashleigh Wright

Ashleigh Wright M.D., F.A.C.P.

2023 Honorary Members

  • Colleen Koch, MD, MS, MBA
    Dean for UF College of Medicine
    Folk H. Peterson Dean’s  Distinguished Professor
  • Mark Segal, MD, PhD
    Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Professor
    Department of Medicine
  • Ellen Zimmermann, MD
    Associate Dean for Faculty Development
    Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Leon Haley, Jr., MD, MHSA, FACEP
    Former Dean for UF College of Medicine—Jacksonville
    Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Galleries of the Celebration of Excellence in Medical Education

A fun night to award and to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of some of UF COM faculty.