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David E. Rogers Award

The David E. Rogers Award is granted annually to a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people. Jointly sponsored by the AAMC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Award honors David Rogers, MD, a former president of the Foundation and an exemplar of academic medicine’s commitment to meeting the health care needs of the nation. Throughout his life, Dr. Rogers was a dynamic influence in stimulating programs in medical education and medical care delivery, especially in areas of significant social interest.

The awardee receives the Rogers Award and a prize of $10,000.

Selection Criteria

Individuals who have made significant contributions to meeting the health care needs of the nation and who have spent the majority of their careers in academic medicine in the United States are eligible. An individual’s tenure is not a criterion for this award, but the nominee must have a faculty appointment at a medical school. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Major contributions have improved health and health care of the American people
  • Contributions have shaped medical education (or academic medicine)
  • Contributions have shaped health care delivery
  • Contributions have shaped public policy advocacy
  • Contributions have helped redirect the medical profession and/or academic medical centers to experiment with a variety of educational and delivery modes to achieve important societal objectives

Guidelines for Entry

Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff member of an AAMC-member medical school, teaching hospital, or academic society. 

Nominations must be received by January 27, 2017, via the electronic entry form. 

The Rogers Award Review Committee will review nominations and invite selected nominators to submit additional support materials, including:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including current address
  • One two-page letter of support of the nominee authored by an AAMC-member institution’s dean, chief executive officer, or president on institutional letterhead addressed to the Rogers Award Review Committee
  • Three additional two-page letters of support attesting to the nominee’s qualifications for the Rogers Award

Selected nominators will be notified February 27, 2017, if they are invited to submit additional materials. There is no need to compile these resources before you are notified on February 27. Additional support materials must be submitted by April 7, 2017, via email to Sandra Gordon at

The winner of the award will be notified by July 31, 2017, and honored at Learn Serve Lead 2017 in Boston.

Please address all questions to:

Sandra Gordon
Association of American Medical Colleges
655 K Street, NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20001-2339