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Awards Criteria

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award may be made to a member of the Association for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine. It consists of a suitable medal and a citation selected and approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees will select the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. The name of the nominee will be presented to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting for its endorsement. The Award is presented at the following Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates, or at a time and place selected by the Board of Trustees.

Citation for Distinguished Service

The Citation shall be made to a person not of the medical profession who has contributed to the achievement of the ideals of American medicine by aid and cooperation in the advancement of medical science, medical education, or medical care. It consists of a suitable certificate of citation selected and approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees will select the recipient of the Citation for Distinguished Service. With the creation of the Medical Executive Lifetime and Meritorious Achievement Awards, preference will be given to those other than medical society executives. The name of the nominee will be presented to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting for its endorsement. The Award is presented to the nominee selected by the House of Delegates at the following Interim Meeting, or at a time and place designated by the Board of Trustees.

AMA Medal of Valor

The AMA Medal of Valor is awarded to an AMA member or members who demonstrate courage under extraordinary circumstances in non-wartime situations. The award consists of a gold medal to be presented at the Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates. The recipients will be selected by the Board of Trustees.

Scientific Achievement Award

The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association approved the establishment of the Scientific Achievement Award to be given to either a physician or non-physician scientist selected by the Board of Trustees. The award consists of a gold medallion. This award will not necessarily be given annually but only on special occasions in recognition of outstanding work. Physician candidates must be AMA members.

Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community

The Award consists of a commemorative plaque, and is presented at the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The recipient must be a U.S. citizen, must possess an MD degree or its equivalent, and must have made an outstanding contribution to the community for citizenship and public service above and beyond the call of duty as a practicing physician.

President's Citation for Service to the Public

The President's Citation for Service to the Public may be made to a state medical association, county medical society, or national specialty society for significant contributions to the public good by fostering the involvement of physicians in community activities.

The Board of Trustees will select the recipient of the citation. The award will be presented by the President of the AMA at the Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates.

Doctor William Beaumont Award in Medicine

The Doctor William Beaumont Award in Medicine provides a plaque. It was established as an encouragement to younger physicians. Eligible for the Award are physicians 50 years of age or under who are U.S. citizens, and who have distinguished themselves in medical science. The AMA Board of Trustees selects the recipient from among nominees submitted to its Awards Committee. Candidates must be AMA members.

AMA Foundation Award for Health Education

The Award, consisting of a $3,500 stipend and an appropriate certificate, was established to encourage and to recognize the professional or public health education activities of practicing physicians. Special consideration will be given to those physicians working in the areas of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The Award is supported by a grant from the John P. McGovern Foundation, and the AMA Foundation Board of Directors selects the recipient.  It is presented at the Interim Meeting.

Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for Leaders

Isaac Hays, MD and John Bell, MD Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism

This award was established by the Board of Trustees and the AMA Foundation in 1997 to promote and underscore the AMA's continuing dedication to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice. The ideal candidate for the award would:

  1. Be active in organized medicine.
  2. Be dedicated to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice.
  3. Have made an outstanding contribution through active service in medical ethics activities, e.g., (1) by serving on an ethics committee or commission, or (2) by improving the profession's effectiveness in upholding its ethical standards through advocacy of policies, provision or organization of services, and/or by scholarship (writings) that demonstrate effective leadership in ethics.
  4. Not be a current or recent member of the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.
  5. Have distinguished himself or herself as a leader in ethics to merit nomination by a peer.

The award is named for co-writers of the original Code of Ethics for the American Medical Association. The AMA Foundation Board of Directors selects the award recipient.  The award consists of an appropriate plaque and a monetary award of $2,500 and is presented at the Interim Meeting.

Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award

The Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award may be made to a medical executive of a county medical society, state medical association, or national medical specialty society, who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession. The nominees' contributions shall have been sustained over a significant term of service. Nominations should be made by the President and/or other officers of the association or society.

The award will consist of a plaque and will be presented at the Interim Meeting. The recipients will be selected by the Board of Trustees. Employees of the American Medical Association are ineligible.

Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award

The Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award may be made to a medical executive of a county medical society, state medical association, or national medical specialty society who has provided exemplary and exceptional service that benefits and supports physicians in caring for their patients. This exemplary and exceptional service should be universally recognized by physicians in that geographic area or medical specialty as having benefited physicians and patients, and should represent a contribution by the medical executive that is exemplary beyond the normal scope of their duties or responsibilities. Nominations should be made by the President and/or other officers of the association or society.

The award will consist of a plaque and will be presented at the Interim Meeting. The recipients will be selected by the Board of Trustees. Employees of the American Medical Association are ineligible.