Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
This Week's News
Fostering the next generation of physician leaders
While many award programs recognize the lifetime achievements of individuals with decades of accomplishments, few recognize young people doing great work early in their careers.
The AMA Foundation's Leadership Awards encourage the next generation of medical superstars by honoring a select group of outstanding students, residents and young physicians each year. As a category within the AMA Foundation's Excellence in Medicine Awards program, the Leadership Awards recognize up-and-coming medical leaders who demonstrate a commitment to community service, organized medicine and advocacy.
The Leadership Awards program helps prepare exceptional students and physicians to achieve their full potential, and provides a positive introduction to organized medicine. Award recipients receive special training to enhance their ability to effect change, and have the opportunity to network with AMA leaders at the National Advocacy Conference (NAC) in Washington, D.C.
Last year, 88 percent of award recipients reported that the program enhanced their leadership skills. Additionally, after having a rewarding experience with the AMA Foundation and gaining perspective about the AMA by attending the NAC events, 100 percent of non-member Leadership Award recipients expressed an interest in joining the AMA.
Medical students, residents and physicians under the age of 40 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Leadership Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 11 in Washington. Submissions for all Excellence in Medicine Awards are due Nov. 16.
At every stage in the physician life cycle, from student to retiree, exceptional medical professionals are going above and beyond to lead positive changes within their communities and the larger health care system.
The Excellence in Medicine Awards, presented each year in association with Pfizer Inc., acknowledge the everyday heroes who embody the highest values of the medical profession: altruism, public service and dedication to patient care. In addition to the Leadership Awards, the Excellence in Medicine Awards program includes three categories for seasoned physicians who have improved access to care internationally or within the United States:
- Pride in the Profession Awards—for physicians aiding underserved patients in the U.S.
- Dr. Nathan Davis International Awards—for physicians aiding an international population.
- Jack B. McConnell, MD, Awards—for senior physicians improving access to care in the U.S.
Nominate the extraordinary physician in your life and honor a medical hero making a difference in the lives of others.