Martin-Peterson Scholars Awards

The Martin-Peterson Award, initiated in 2017, will now transition to the Martin-Peterson Scholars Awards. This award recognizes ACOG members relatively “early” in their global health careers for involvement in a global women’s health project or program with a clinical, advocacy, or educational focus. The Award is designed to recognize members for significant accomplishments in the global women’s health sphere early in their careers, with demonstrated potential for further involvement in global women’s health activities and expansion of their global health portfolio. In addition to providing recognition of early career accomplishments, this award will identify potential future leaders in global women’s health. These awards will include financial support to attend the Annual Clinical Scientific Meeting (ACSM) where the recipients will be formally recognized and are suitable for academic recognition for the individual and for the organization. There will be two (2) awards given each year, with each award including complementary registration for the ACSM and $2,000 to support travel and related expenses for attendance at the ACSM. 

The financial support is provided by the Martin-Peterson Scholars fund, initiated in 2016 by ACOG Past President James N. Martin Jr. MD, in recognition of the lifelong dedication to global women’s health of Herbert B. Peterson, MD. Many ACOG members have further contributed to this fund.

The Martin-Peterson Scholars Awards will be assimilated into ACOG’s current District structure. Interested members will submit abstracts regarding their projects or activities to their Districts according to processes that each District will establish and maintain, which may include submission for consideration of a presentation at the applicable Annual District Meeting. Each District will review and evaluate the submissions for consideration of these awards according to established and consistent criteria, with the goal of identifying at least one candidate for further consideration. The District will submit their selectee(s) to the Global Women’s Health Awards and Recognition Subcommittee (a subcommittee of the Global Womens’ Health Expert Work Group) for further review and consideration. The Subcommittee, using defined criteria, will determine award recipients, and will notify recipients in time to allow for arranging to attend the ACSM. In general, the District-level determinations will be made in the fall of each year, and the Subcommittee determinations made in January of each year. 

The first Martin-Peterson Scholars Awards will be presented in 2022 and the first recipients will be recognized at the 2022 ACSM.

If you would like to donate to the Martin-Peterson Scholars Award Fund, please click on the link below. Donations are greatly appreciated and will continue to support our future leaders in global women’s health. 

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International Service Award

This award recognizes an ACOG Fellow who is in good standing and who has demonstrated service to a vulnerable or at-risk population in an international setting. ACOG past presidents, current ACOG executive board members, and those who have previously received any award for their service at the ACOG Annual Meeting are ineligible to be nominated. The award 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. 

The recipient will receive complimentary registration to the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, and the recipient will be recognized at the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting. 

Each District may  submit a letter of nomination (no more than 750 words) and the CV of its nominee to ACOG at [email protected] no later than November 30.


Services to be Recognized:

  • Delivery of high quality care in a challenging or remote international setting
  • Meaningful participation or leadership of in-country training, delivery of care, or policy work
  • Spearheading collaboration, partnership, or relationship building within the international health care field that led to implementing an intervention or educational opportunity that helps advance the issue of maternal or reproductive health care worldwide
  • Commitment to designing health care interventions or efforts that consider sustainability and long-term impact
  • Service as an advocate for gender equality, women’s and children’s health, and global health rights