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Herbert W. Nickens Award

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Commemorating 20 years of the Herbert W. Nickens Award.

Deadline: April 3, 2020

The Herbert W. Nickens Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States. Dr. Herbert W. Nickens was the founding vice president of the AAMC Division of Community and Minority Programs, now Diversity Policy and Programs. Dr. Nickens’ passionate leadership contributed greatly to focusing national attention on the need to support underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in medicine.

The awardee receives the Nickens Award and a $10,000 prize. The awardee will also present the Nickens Lecture at Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Herbert W. Nickens Award

Selection Criteria

Dr. Nickens believed that a multidisciplinary approach is needed to address inequities in health. Nominees from a wide range of fields are encouraged, including medicine, dentistry, education, law, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social and behavioral sciences. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Exemplary contributions to promoting social justice in medical education and health equities.
  • Record of achievement in promoting social justice.
  • Contributions have had a significant national impact.

Guidelines for Entry

The nomination packet must include:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, including current address.
  • One (1) nomination letter that explains the nominee's qualifications for the award by:
    • Highlighting specific work in the United States to promote social justice in medical education and health equities; and
    • Including at least two (2) brief testimonials interwoven into the letter that support their contributions to promoting social justice in medical education and health equities.

Note: The letter must be doubled-spaced, have one-inch margins, and be written in Times New Roman 12-point font, and must not exceed six pages.

The committee will not review additional materials.

Completed nomination package should be emailed in a single file, with the nomination letter first, to Angela Moses at NickensAwards@aamc.org by April 3, 2020. Late nominations will not be considered.

Recipients of the Herbert W. Nickens Award

The Herbert W. Nickens Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States.

Nickens Award recipients come from a wide range of fields including medicine, dentistry, education, law, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social and behavioral sciences. 

Maria L. Soto-Greene, MD, MS-HPEd, FACP, is the 2019 Herbert W. Nickens Award recipient. As executive vice dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Maria L. Soto-Greene ensures that diversity, inclusion, and equity are foundational for all aspects related to academic affairs, faculty affairs, and student services.

Learn more about previous recipients.

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