Nominations for 2014 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 28

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2014 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award. All nominations must be received by Friday, February 28.

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award—offered in four potential categories each year—is given in recognition of 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, and Military Outreach 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. Resident Members and Associate Fellows (ACS Members) who have been involved in significant surgical volunteer activities during their postgraduate surgical training are eligible for the Resident award. Surgeons of all specialties are eligible for each of these awards.

For the purposes of these awards, “volunteerism” is defined as professional work in which one’s time or talents are donated for charitable clinical, educational, or other worthwhile activities related to surgery. Volunteerism in this case does not refer to uncompensated care provided as a matter of necessity in most clinical practices. Instead, volunteerism should be characterized by prospective, planned surgical care to underserved patients with no anticipation of reimbursement or economic gain.

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award is given in recognition of 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.

Nominations will be evaluated by the ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup, with final approval of award winners by the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors.

Potential nominees should make note of the following conditions:

  • Self-nominations are permissible but require at least one outside letter of support
  • Renomination of previous nominees is acceptable but requires an updated application
  • Supplemental materials should be kept to a minimum and will not be returned

The nomination website will open January 6, 2014, for electronic submissions and may be accessed through the “Announcements” section of the Operation Giving Back (OGB) website. Contact OGB at with any questions.

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