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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Wallen for receiving the UNC Academy of Educators’ (AOE) Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education recognizing his 20+ years in sustained excellence in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows.

Dr. Wallen was honored at the annual Alan W. Cross Evening of Scholarship on May 20th, 2021.

“The greatest satisfaction and joy in my career is witnessing the success of other learners. It was very moving to read the testimonials nominating me for this award because it reminded me how impactful even small interactions with others can be. And no, I’m not retiring!”

Eric Wallen, MD, FACS
Vice Chair of Education
Residency Program Director
Professor of Urologic Oncology, Robotic Surgery

Eric Wallen, MD, FACS


About The Academy of Educators

Founded in 2006, the Academy of Educators (AOE) emphasizes teaching, supports faculty development, and promotes peer-to-peer leadership and teaching. Members of the AOE represent a diverse population across specialties and have grown to over 280 faculty and 100 residents.

The AOE teaching awards recognize the importance of excellence in medical student teaching, increase the prestige of great teachers, and make teaching a more viable part of a faculty member’s career path.

Awards can become an important part of the recipients’ teaching portfolios, can help support admission to the Academy of Educators, and can facilitate promotion and tenure decisions.