John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award

Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, this is one of the seven CFD Excellence in Mentoring Awards to recognize and honor the mentoring contributions and to further build a "culture of mentoring" here at MGH.

Do you have or know an outstanding mentor?

As part of the "CFD Excellence in Mentoring Awards," the MGH Center for Faculty Development invites nominations for the John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award. This $5,000 award will be given to a faculty member from any MGH department who has contributed to the success of junior faculty members and trainees and demonstrated excellence in several ways including:

  • Having a positive impact on careers of junior faculty
  • Implementing ideas/programs that promote faculty success
  • Demonstrating sustained interest and success in mentoring of junior faculty and/or trainees
  • Fostering and encouraging professional development of junior faculty and trainees
  • Facilitating and/or developing approaches to work-life balance
2020 marked the tenth year of honoring a consummate Mass General mentor with the Potts Award. The CFD took this occasion to acknowledge all the recipients of this special award by creating this booklet, Celebrating the John T. Potts, Jr., MD Faculty Mentoring Award 2011–2020 (PDF).
Previous Award Recipients
Steve Calderwood

2014 Award Recipient: Stepehn B. Calderwood, MD
Morton N. Swartz MD Academy Professor of Medicine (Microbiology and Immunobiology), HMS
former Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
former Director of Undergraduate Medical Education at MGH

Isaac Schiff

2013 Award Recipient: Isaac Schiff, MD
Joe Vincent Meigs Professor of Gynecology, HMS
former Chief of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service

Maurizio Fava

2012 Award Recipient: Maurizio Fava, MD
Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry, HMS
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Depression Clinical and Research Program
Executive and the Director, Clinical Trials Network & Institute at MGH

John Potts 2011 Inaugural Award Recipient: John T. Potts, Jr., MD
Jackson Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine, MGH/HMS
former Chairman and Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine
Description of Award

The MGH Center for Faculty Development created the John T. Potts, Jr., MD, Faculty Mentoring Award in 2011 to recognize and honor senior faculty members with ten or more years of mentoring experience at MGH, in the spirit of further building a culture of mentoring at our hospital. The inaugural recipient of this award, John T. Potts, Jr., MD, is the Jackson Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine at MGH and Harvard Medical School. He served as chairman of the MGH Department of Medicine and physician-in-chief from 1981 to 1996 and as director of research from 1995 to 2004.

  • MGH faculty appointment
  • Harvard Medical School faculty appointment as Associate or Full Professor
  • MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree
  • Ten or more years of mentoring experience as faculty at MGH
Review Process

Nominees were evaluated and ranked by a multidisciplinary Review Committee. Nominees were notified and announced at the Celebration of Mentoring at MGH event on January 22, 2024. 

Nomination Requirements
  • Completed Nomination Form*
  • At least one and up to 3 nominating letters (most likely one from the nominator). Multiple nominators can compose each letter, but this is not required. Each letter can be up to 2 pages but not longer.
  • Nominee's HMS CV

Overall rules:

  • A nominator can nominate only ONE candidate per award.
  • Nominators from outside MGH are welcome, but at least one nominator has to be from within MGH.

*Nomination Form:

  • In one paragraph (2-4 sentences), summarize why you* have nominated this candidate for this award.
    *One nominator will submit the nomination, including the form and up to 3 nominating letters.
  • List all letter writers for this nomination, e.g.:
    1. Nominator or Supporting Letter Writer(s)
    2. Supporting Letter Writer(s)
    3. Supporting Letter Writer(s)

It is recommended that the letters include specific anecdotes and examples that demonstrate the mentor’s commitment to the letter writer’s and others’ professional and personal development.

How to Nominate

This user-friendly portal allows you to submit electronic nominations to the Center for Faculty Development. The portal has been designed to allow users to:

  • View current calls and submit to open opportunities
  • Save and edit current nominations in progress
  • Submit completed nominations
  • View all your CFD nominations that have been submitted via the online portal

If you have questions, please submit them via e-mail to

Contact us

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