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How to Nominate

The ACS/Pfizer is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award(s). The call for nominations is now closed.

ACS/Pfizer Awards

Volunteerism Awards

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award—offered in four potential categories annually—recognizes surgeons who are committed to giving back to society by making significant contributions to surgical care through organized volunteer activities. The awards for Domestic, International, Military Outreach, and Residents are intended for ACS Fellows in active surgical practice whose volunteer activities go above and beyond the usual professional commitments or retired Fellows who have been involved in volunteerism during their active practice and into retirement. Surgeons of all specialties are eligible for each of these awards.

Humanitarian Award

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award recognizes an ACS Fellow whose career has been dedicated to ensuring the provision of surgical care to underserved populations without expectation of commensurate reimbursement. This award is intended for surgeons who have dedicated a significant portion of their surgical careers to full-time or near full-time humanitarian efforts rather than routine surgical practice. Examples include a career dedicated to missionary surgery, the founding and ongoing operations of a charitable organization dedicated to providing surgical care to the underserved, or a retirement characterized by surgical volunteer outreach. Having received compensation for this work does not preclude a nominee from consideration and, in fact, may be expected based on the extent of the professional obligation.

The ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup will evaluate the nominations and forward their selections to the Board of Governors Executive Committee for final approval. The final awardees will be recognized at the ACS Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, CA.

About the Nomination Process

The following conditions apply to the nomination process:

  • Self-nominations are permissible but require at least one outside letter of support
  • Re-nomination of previous nominees is acceptable but requires completion of a new application

For the nominee to have a fair review, detailed information is required, including the following:

  • Demographic information about the nominee and nominator
  • Details about the nominator's relationship to the nominee, along with background information on the nominee's career in surgery
  • Completion of sections requesting information about the nominee's volunteerism or humanitarian in the following areas: 
    • Type of service provided
    • Sustainability of programs
    • Advocacy efforts
    • Additional roles
    • and more... 

Please note: When making a nomination, you will need to log in with your ACS username and password or to create a user account.

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