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Call for Nominations—Extended through 2/26

The 2020 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards nominations will now be accepted through Wednesday, February 26, 2020. The awardees will be announced in September and recognized at the ACS Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL. These awards recognize ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference.

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Award Categories

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.

About the Nomination Process

The following conditions apply to the nomination process:

  • Self-nominations are permissible but require two outside letters of support and three references—at least one letter and one reference must be from a Fellow of the College
  • Re-nomination of previous nominees is acceptable but requires completion of a new application
  • Allow 30 to 60 minutes to complete a nomination
  • Use the text boxes provided to describe the nominee's work
  • Skip sections that are not applicable to the nominee
  • Avoid redundancy between sections
  • Concise summaries with links to relevant work preferred over multiple upload documents

Sections requiring completion include:

  • Years you've known the nominee and years the nominee has been engaged in volunteer work.
  • Nominee's practice status and type
  • Area where surgical care was/ is provided, type of care provided, and for how long
  • Type of program supported or implemented by nominee
  • Optional: Any supporting documents (letters of support, publications, etc.)

The ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup will evaluate the nominations in the spring 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 2020 in Chicago, IL.

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