MMS Awards Program

The Massachusetts Medical Society and its Committee on Recognition Awards are currently seeking nominations for the 2016 MMS Awards Program. Information about the many MMS awards currently being offered is listed below:

Nominations for these awards listed directly below must be received by December 2, 2015

Criteria

Nominees for all MMS Awards must

  • Practice medicine in or reside in Massachusetts.
  •  Be a member of the MMS in good standing. Exceptions may be made with regard to MMS membership if warranted.

Nominations for the above awards must include:

  • An application and a current curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • Two seconding letters from Society members.

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)


About these Awards

MMS Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) for lasting contributions to the practice of medicine and service to the Society.  The recipient receives a $5,000 honorarium. Each nominee must have made a lasting contribution to the practice of medicine over the course of his or her lifetime in the areas of health care delivery, patient care, education, or administration.

Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service

The Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service recognizes a Massachusetts physician who has made a remarkable demonstration of compassion and dedication to the medical needs of patients and/or a community or has demonstrated a significant act of heroism.

Award for Distinguished Service to the Massachusetts Medical Society

The Award for Distinguished Service to the MMS was created to recognize a member of the MMS who has made significant contributions to the goals of the Society through demonstrated leadership, member recruitment, committee work, or other endeavors.

Grant V. Rodkey, M.D., Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Education

The Grant V. Rodkey, M.D., Award recognizes physicians who have made significant contributions to medical students, both in the hospital and in organized medicine. Nominations for this award must come from medical student members of the MMS or be co-sponsored by medical student members of the MMS.

Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health

The Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award recognizes a Massachusetts physician who has demonstrated outstanding initiative, creativity, and leadership in the field of public health outreach and advocacy.  Each nominee must have outstanding public health achievements beyond his or her primary professional activity.


Additional Awards Offered by the Massachusetts Medical Society

(Deadlines vary for each award.)


Information Technology in Medicine Award

The Information Technology in Medicine Award honors medical students and residents who have completed functioning projects in the past year that use technology to assist physicians in the practice of medicine, in teaching medicine, or in the pursuit of clinical research.  The chosen applicant in each category is awarded a prize of $3,000.

Each nominee must be a student, resident, or fellow enrolled in one of the four Massachusetts medical schools or a Massachusetts hospital training program at the time of submission.

Candidates who are selected as finalists must be available to present at the MMS Headquarters in Waltham in early December.

Applications due by October 25, 2015


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Award

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health Award recognizes a medical student or physician who has made outstanding contributions to LGBT health. 

Each submission must include a nomination application, two seconding letters from Society members and a current curriculum vitae.

Applications due by November 13, 2015

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Medical Student History Essay Award

The Committee on History honors a medical student for the best research essay related to the history of medicine or public health in Massachusetts since the initiation of the MMS in 1781. Suggested topics include initiatives that have improved the public’s health, or a close analysis of particular moments in medical discovery, diagnostics, therapeutics, education, research, or institutional evolution. The article should be original, tightly argued, and well-referenced. $1,000 award. Mentors available. Please download application for additional information.

Recent winning titles have included:

  • Fostering Collaboration: The Massachusetts Medical Society, the State Department of Public Health, and the Care of the Cancer Patient in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Pioneers the Intervention and Prevention of Domestic Violence through Patient and Provider Education
  • Ethics and Discipline: The Fashioning of the First Code of Ethics of the Massachusetts Medical Society
  • From Miasma to Modernity: How Henry I. Bowditch Ushered Public Health into America

One paragraph abstract due by November 2, 2015.
Final essays due by January 4, 2016.

Download Application (Word Doc, 1 page)

Medical Student Scholar Awards

Through the annual Scholar Awards Program, one $10,000 award is presented to two students from each of the following schools: Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Each nominee must be enrolled in a medical school in Massachusetts and expect to graduate in 2016.

Applications are available in the Office of Student Affairs at each medical school in early October. In addition to completing an application, each candidate must also obtain three letters of reference and participate in a personal interview. 

All materials are due by January 15, 2016.

For more information, please contact Thelma Tatten at (781) 434-7305 or ttatten@mms.org


Men's Health Award

The Men’s Health Award recognizes an individual who has advanced medicine related to men’s health. The Committee on Men’s Health selects the nominee from the candidates nominated. A nomination application form, accompanied by a curriculum vitae or resume, must be submitted for committee review, along with a seconding letter. 

Applications due by November 9, 2015.

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)

Reducing Health Disparities Award

The Committee on Diversity in Medicine recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to reducing health disparities due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, education, disability, geographic location, sexual orientation, and other determinants. Each nomination must include a nomination application, two seconding letters from Society members, and a current curriculum vitae. 

Applications due by November 13, 2015

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Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award

The Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award honors a senior MMS physician (60 or older) who has volunteered beyond the call of duty. The recipient is selected by the Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians. 

In keeping with the committee’s mission to fulfill the health and education needs of patients throughout Massachusetts, consideration will be directed toward efforts involving direct patient care. The volunteer work must occur in Massachusetts. 

Applications due by October 30, 2015. 


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The Committee on Women in Medicine

The Committee on Women in Medicine has established three awards to honor physicians for exceptional leadership and/or contributions to advancements in women’s health.

The Women Physician Leadership Award  recognizes a woman physician for outstanding leadership, professional contributions, and being a role model. 

Download Application (Word Doc, 6 pages)


The Women’s Health AwardAward recognizes a physician for outstanding contributions advancing Women’s Health in Massachusetts.

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)



The Women’s Health Research Award recognizes a physician for outstanding contributions advancing Women’s Health Research in Massachusetts. 

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Candidates are nominated by their peers and selected by the Committee on Women in Medicine. Nominations must include an awards nomination application, a current curriculum vitae, and two supporting letters. Preference will be given for actions that advance MMS goals.

Applications due by November 13, 2015.

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