[MMA News Now, May 22, 2014] The MMA and the MMA Foundation are looking for nominees for its annual awards, which honor physicians and medical students in the state who have made outstanding contributions to their profession, their practice or the world around them. The deadline for nominations is June 30.
The awards include:
The Community Service Award, which honors a physician who has demonstrated an outstanding record of community service beyond the practice of medicine. Candidates are MMA members who have done such things as helped make free medical care available to the needy, served as public officials, coached an athletic team, promoted cultural or arts activities, or lead efforts to expand voluntary health programs.
The Medical Student Leadership Award, which honors a medical student who shows a commitment to the profession’s ideals; demonstrates leadership skills; and initiates or participates in service activities for the profession or the broader community. Candidates must be current members and active participants in the MMA Medical Student Section.
The Leadership in Quality Award, which recognizes a Minnesota physician who has demonstrated leadership in advancing quality and safety in health care. Candidates are MMA members who are involved in activities such as incorporating evidence-based medicine into practice, adopting an electronic medical record system, implementing patient-safety activities, educating patients to improve health literacy, or using data to improve practice or who have participated in statewide initiatives to improve quality and safety.
The Minority Affairs Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes a Minnesota physician who has worked to improve medical care for one or more minority populations. Candidates must be MMA members who have sought to improve access to care, eliminate racial barriers to care, address health disparities, understand the health concerns of minority patients, or worked to encourage members of communities underrepresented in medicine to pursue careers as physicians.
The Excellence in Medical Journalism Award, which recognize a print or broadcast journalist (MMA members are not eligible) for outstanding reporting work on medicine in Minnesota. For more information on what to submit along with the nomination form and judging criteria, go to award rules.
To be eligible, nominees must be MMA members who have done work that originated in Minnesota. To nominate someone, go to the online nomination form