Awards and Prizes

Each year ACOG grants several prestigious prizes and awards for professional recognition. Generally conferred at each year's Annual Meeting, these prizes and awards celebrate wide ranging categories of achievement from research, to prized papers, to international service.

 

Mentor Award

Purpose: The ACOG Mentor Award was established on May 5, 2009. The award will be given to an ACOG Fellow, including teachers of residents, who has actively mentored a Young Physician or a Junior Fellow. The award requires a nomination by a Young Physician or a Junior Fellow.

Description/Criteria: Each year, Young Physicians who meets ACOG Young Physician criteria or Junior Fellows (or group of such persons) may nominate no more than one mentor.

Application Process: The nomination form must be submitted by March 1 each year. Please see guidelines for more information.

ACOG Contact: Wanda Proctor at wproctor@acog.org or 202-314-2344

 

Medical Student Recruitment Award

Purpose: Award exemplary initiative and dedication to conducting and promoting medical student recruitment activities for those interested in the Ob-Gyn specialty.

Description/Criteria: Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary initiative and dedication to medical student recruitment activities. Nominations should be active ACOG Fellows or Junior Fellows* (any level) in good standing. *Medical Students are not eligible for this award.

Application Process: Submit a letter of nomination by March 25 to Katherine Miller at kmiller@acog.org.

To nominate an individual, please email the following elements:

  1. Individual’s Name
  2. Current Practice/Institution
  3. ACOG District and Section
  4. National/District/Section leadership role (if any)
  5. Description of the individual’s leadership in the area of medical student recruitment. Include a statement of why the individual is the most deserving to receive this award. Details of specific initiatives, activities, or other approaches the individual has developed or fostered to promote medical student interest in OB/GYN and ACOG are encouraged.

ACOG Contact: Katherine Miller at kmiller@acog.org or 202-863-2532

 

International Service

Purpose: To recognize service to the underserved or poorly served patient populations outside the confines of ACOG.

Description/Criteria: Both Fellow and Junior Fellows who are currently or recently actively involved in a community program designed to service patient populations outside the geographical confines of ACOG are eligible.  The recipient will receive a $1,000 award and complimentary registration to the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.

Application Process: Submit nominee’s name and description of activities to Lisa Ruffin Schauf by April 1.

ACOG Contact: Lisa Ruffin Schauf at LRuffinSchauf@acog.org at 202-863-2549.

 

Luella Klein Lifetime Achievement Award

Purpose: To honor a Fellow who has dedicated his/her life in a significant way to women’s health.

Description/Criteria: This award is presented by the CDC to honor an Ob-Gyn who has dedicated their life to women’s health in a significant way. The honoree will receive a monetary award (award can vary) and be presented with an award the following year of the nomination, during the Convocation at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. *Restrictions: Awards cannot be given to an ACOG Past President since this position is the highest award and greatest recognition that a Fellow can receive. Current ACOG Executive Board members are also ineligible.

Application Process: Submit your nomination to your District Chair by April 1.  Only one nominee per District.

ACOG Contact: Linda Kinnane at lkinnane@acog.org or at 202-314-2332.

 

Pete and Weesie Hollis Community Service Award

Purpose: The ACOG Community Service Award (formerly the President’s Community Service Award) was established by then President Richard Hollis and funded by Wyeth-Ayerst Pharmaceutical Company, now Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The award was an outgrowth of Dr. Hollis’ presidential theme of caring for patients. Dr. Hollis felt strongly that many of the Fellows of ACOG gave hours of care and support within their community to underserved or poorly served patient populations, often with little or no remuneration or recognition.

Description/Criteria: A nominee for the ACOG Community Service Award should be currently or recently actively involved in a community program which is designed to help underserved or poorly served patient populations within the geographical confines of the district, but is not to be given as a recognition of activities related to service to ACOG or activities that are based on support of the specialty in legislative or regulatory decisions. See guidelines for more information.

Application Process: Please send your nomination, including the name and description of activities to Linda Kinnane by April 1.

Past Winners: Access the complete list of list of past winners.

ACOG Contact: Linda Kinnane at lkinnane@acog.org or 202-314-2332.

 

William H.J. Haffner American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health Award

Purpose: to recognize the superlative efforts of those individuals who have made a major contribution to improving the quality of American Indian and Alaska Native women’s health care.

Description/Criteria: This award recognizes any obstetrician, gynecologist or health care professional who has made major contributions to the healthcare of American Indian or Alaska Native women. The recipient’s registration fee will be waived, and up to four nights of hotel (room and tax), per diem and standard coach airfare will be covered by ACOG. The recipient will be honored at the American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health Committee breakfast during the Annual Meeting. *Restrictions: Members of the American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health committee/consultant team are not eligible for the award, but may nominate eligible individuals.

Application Process: Nominations for the 2017 recipient will be solicited through the Indian healthcare system in a few weeks. Please send your letter of nomination and current CV of nominee to Yvonne Malloy by the forthcoming deadline.

Past Winners: Access the complete list of past winners.

ACOG Contact: Yvonne Malloy at ymalloy@acog.org or at 202-863-2580.

 

Roy M. Pitkin Award

Purpose: To honor departments of obstetrics and gynecology that promote and demonstrate excellence in research.

Description/Criteria: Established in 1998, the Roy M. Pitkin award consists of a $5,000 unrestricted grant presented to each department that published an outstanding article in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year.

Past Winners: Access the list of list of winning articles.

Application Process: There is no application process for the Roy M. Pitkin Award. Each editor independently selects articles from all those published during the past year. A panel of former Editorial Board members then reviews and ranks those articles based on scientific merit, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, writing style, and importance to the specialty.

ACOG Contact: Rebecca S. Benner at rbenner@greenjournal.org or at 202-314-2340

 

Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper

Purpose: To recognize the best article published in Obstetrics & Gynecology from a non-U.S. researcher.

Description/Criteria: Established in 2008, the Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper award consists of a $2,000 unrestricted grant presented to a non-U.S. researcher who published an outstanding article in Obstetrics & Gynecology during the past year.

Past Winners: Access the complete list of list of winning articles

Application Process: There is no application process for the Harold A. Kaminetzky Prize Paper. Each editor independently selects articles from all those published during the past year. A panel of former Editorial Board members then reviews and ranks those articles based on scientific merit, methodology, presentation of results, soundness of conclusions, writing style, and importance to the specialty.

ACOG Contact: Rebecca S. Benner at rbenner@greenjournal.org or at 202-314-2340

 

Film Festival

Purpose: The film festival awards are given to the first, second, and third prize films.

Award Description/Criteria: The awards are determined by the Committee on Scientific Program.

Application Process: Films must be submitted electronically.

Access a list of previous winners

ACOG Contact: Nicole Cruz (ncruz@acog.org)

 

Blue Ribbon Prizes

Purpose: The Blue Ribbons are awards to the first, second, and third place ePoster research abstracts. 

Award Description/Criteria: The awards are determined by the Committee on Scientific Program, after each abstract is blind reviewed by three different reviewers.

Application Process: Abstract for ePosters must be submitted electronically.

Access a list of list of revious winners.

ACOG Contact: Nicole Cruz (ncruz@acog.org)

 

Oral Abstract Prize

Purpose: The oral abstract prizes are awards to the first, second, and third place research abstracts. 

Award Description/Criteria: The awards are determined by the Committee on Scientific Program, after each abstract is blind reviewed by three different reviewers.

Application Process: Abstract for oral paper presentations must be submitted electronically.

Access a list of list of previous winners.

ACOG Contact: Nicole Cruz (ncruz@acog.org)

 

Distinguished Service Award

Purpose: To consider outstanding individuals in the discipline who have made important contributions to the College and/or the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology, or in government, in research, in teaching or in direct patient care.

Description/Criteria: Fellows, non-Fellow physicians and non-physicians may be eligible for this award. Applicants should be an individual located within the geographic confines of the College or who is a member of the College and has made important contributions to the College and/or the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology, or in government, in research, in teaching or in direct patient care. Applicants can include individuals in maternal and child health, including non-physicians.  The recipient will receive complimentary registration to attend the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting and be presented with the award at the ACOG Annual Convocation Ceremony.

*ACOG Past Presidents and current ACOG Executive Board members are ineligible to receive this award.

Application Process: Any ACOG Fellow or Junior Fellow in good standing may nominate an individual for this award. Application due by June 1. The winner will be chosen by the Executive Committee of the Executive Board.

ACOG Contact: Office of the Executive Vice President and CEO, evp@acog.org, 202-863-2500.

 

Outstanding District Service Award

Purpose: The Outstanding District Service award is a national award honoring those Fellows that have performed outstanding and truly unique services at a district level.

Description/Criteria: This award honors Fellows that have performed outstanding or unique services at the district level.  Honorees will receive a certificate and appropriate recognition during the Convocation at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. *ACOG Past Presidents are ineligible since this position is the greatest recognition that a Fellow can receive.  Current ACOG Executive Board members are also ineligible to receive this award. The CDC members will announce the nominees at the November CDC Retreat. See guidelines for more information.

Application Process: Send your letter of nomination, including current bio and photo of candidate to Linda Kinnane by October 15. See guidelines for more information.

ACOG Contact: Linda Kinnane at lkinnane@acog.org or 202-314-2332

 

Council of District Chairs (CDC) Service Recognition Award

Purpose: Established in 1971, this is an annual award to be presented for the outstanding district or section activity. Past winning projects have included a tool kit on breast density, a safe motherhood initiative and a birth outcomes initiative.

Description/Criteria: This award highlights an outstanding Section project.  The winning district will receive a cash prize and a certificate which will be presented during the Congress Advisory Council (CAC) Forum at the Annual Clinical and Scientific meeting. See Criteria for more details.

Application Process: District Chairs need to submit a letter of nomination, including a description of the project due two weeks past the Annual District Meeting or no later than November 30 to Linda Kinnane. See selection process for more information.

ACOG Contact: Linda Kinnane at lkinnane@acog.org or 202-314-2332

 

Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award

Purpose: Two Junior Fellows receive this award for the two best scientific papers, chosen by a committee from the District submissions. Each District is allowed to choose only one paper from their District to submit for this award to be considered as one of the National winners.

Description: The two award recipients will each receive a $2,000 stipend to cover their hotel and travel expenses to the Annual Meeting, and a special certificate that will be presented at the Annual Meeting. In addition, ACOG will cover the Annual Meeting registration fee.

Application Process: One document must be sent electronically in a MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT of the paper by the District Chair or his/her designee immediately following the District meeting -- no later than November 30, 2016. Please see guidelines for more information.

ACOG Contact: Wanda Proctor at wproctor@acog.org or at 202-314-2344

 

Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Award

Purpose: To support advocacy projects developed and implemented by Junior Fellows.

Description/Criteria: ACOG's Committee on Government Relations and Outreach is offering an award to support advocacy projects developed and implemented by Junior Fellows. Projects can be implemented at the institutional, local, state or federal level. The Junior Fellow Rising Star in Advocacy Award is designed to recognize one outstanding advocacy activity or program created and implemented by Junior Fellows over the past year. Award recipients will receive free registration to one ACOG CLC. Applications are due November 30.

ACOG Contact: Mary Schilling at mschilling@acog.org

 

State Legislative Advocacy Award

Purpose: To spur greater legislative advocacy in the States.

Description/Criteria: Begun in 2009 by ACOG’s Government Affairs Committee, this awards program confers two awards annually:  The ACOG Accomplishment in State Advocacy Award for “skilled” states demonstrating an impressive legislative achievement and the ACOG Improvement in State Advocacy for “developing” states demonstrating measurable growth in advocacy capacity.  The goal is to support and stimulate state level advocacy.

The Committee will accept nominations from the ACOG State Legislative Chair or regional District Legislative Chair by November 30 each year. Awards are conferred at ACOG’s Congressional Leadership Conference.  Recipient States will receive a $1,000 cash award.

Application Process

ACOG Contact:  stateleg@acog.org.

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