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Purpose

The purpose of the ORR Community Service Recognition Award is to foster a service ethic among resident physicians by recognizing those who have made contributions above and beyond the rigors of residency training to improve the local communities surrounding their training institution.

For the purpose of this award, community service is defined broadly as any extra-curricular activity directed toward meeting health or other human needs in the communities where residents live and train.

Eligibility

Residents at AAMC member institutions are eligible for the award, including, but not limited to, members of the Organization of Resident Representatives. Service activity to be considered should have occurred during the term of residency or fellowship training, though the awardee may have completed residency by the time of the nomination. Nominations can be put forward by any member of the AAMC community, including faculty, staff, administrators, residents, and students.

Award

The recipient will be honored during a recognition luncheon during Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting, and travel expenses for awardee's attendance will be paid by AAMC. Notice of the award will be sent to the resident's program director and department chair. If the awardee is a member of the ORR, the appointing member society of the AAMC Council of Academic Societies also will be notified. A $1,250 contribution will be made in the name of the awardee to a nonprofit charity the awardee designates.

Nominations

Upon submission, the ORR staff office will finalize the nomination for consideration by securing affirmation of active standing from the resident’s institutional Group on Resident Affairs representative.

To complete the application, you will need the following information:

1. Description of the nature of the nominee's community service
2. Nominee's contact information
3. The nominee's curriculum vitae
4. Nominee acknowledgement accepting the nomination and designating the charity to receive the donation.
5. Nominees must secure time off and agree to attend the awards ceremony in person.

Selection

The awardee will be selected by the Administrative Board of the Organization of Resident Representatives, in consultation with appropriate AAMC staff.

Whom to contact

For further information contact Eric Wilkerson, Manager, Organization of Resident Representatives, at 202-862-6152 or ewilkerson@aamc.org.

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