Call for Nominations

2015 MMS Awards Program

The Massachusetts Medical Society and its Committee on Recognition Awards are currently seeking nominations for the 2015 MMS Awards Program.  Information about the many MMS awards currently being offered is listed below:

Deadline for Submission of Nominations for the Following Awards: December 2, 2014

Application Information

Nominees for these awards must either practice medicine in or reside in Massachusetts and be a member of the MMS in good standing. Exceptions may be made with regard to MMS membership if warranted.

Each nomination must include an application and a current curriculum vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee.  Each nomination must include two seconding letters from Society members.
Nominations for the Grant V. Rodkey, MD, Award must come from medical student members of the MMS or be co-sponsored by medical student members of the MMS.

Nominations for these awards must be received by December 2, 2014, and should be sent to the following address:

Massachusetts Medical Society
Executive Office
Committee on Recognition Awards
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451-1411

Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to smanchester@mms.org. To send a nomination form via e-mail: download and save the awards nomination form (Word Doc, 6 pages) to your computer.  After you complete the form, send an e-mail to smanchester@mms.org and insert the form as an attachment. 

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)

For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Committee on Recognition Awards in the Executive Office at (800) 322-2303, ext. 7012 or smanchester@mms.org.

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 $5000 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.

Nominees for each of the above awards must either practice medicine or reside in Massachusetts and be a member of the MMS in good standing.  Exceptions may be made with regard to MMS membership if warranted. Each nomination must include an application and a current curriculum vitae or biographical sketch of the nominee and two seconding letters from Society members.


Additional Awards Offered by the Massachusetts Medical Society

(Deadlines for these Awards Vary.)


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.

Application must be received by midnight, October 26, 2014. Candidates who are selected as finalists must be available to present at the MMS Headquarters in Waltham in early December.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact:
Leon Q. Barzin
Staff Liaison - MMS Committee on Information Technology
(781) 434-7048
E-mail: lbarzin@mms.org


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.

Nominees must either practice medicine in or reside in Massachusetts and be a member of the MMS in good standing.  Exceptions made be made with regard to MMS membership, if warranted.

The Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Matters selects the nominee from the candidates nominated with ratification by the Committee on Recognition Awards. 

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)

Applications must be received by November 10, 2014

Application requests should be submitted by email to Erin Tally at: etally@mms.org. Nominations may also be mailed to the following address:

Erin Tally
Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Matters
Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451-1411
(781) 434-7413
E-mail: etally@mms.org 


Medical Student Essay Award

The Committee on History honors a medical student for the best original, independently researched essay  related to the history of medicine or public health in Massachusetts since the initiation of the MMS in 1781, that have improved the public's health and access to medical care, or a close analysis of particular moments in medical discovery, diagnostics, therapeutics, education research, or institutional (e.g., hospitals, hournals, societies) evolution.  The article should be tightly argued and well-referenced.  Essays are judged on scholarship, authenticity, relevance, and clarity of expression. Essays must be 3,000 words or less (excluding citations/footnotes). Photographs and illustrations accompanying the essay are welcomed. The author of the selected essay will be awarded $1,000. To be considered, essays must be submitted along with an application by midnight December 1, 2014

Download Application (Word Doc, 1 page)

Submissions can be sent via email or hard copy to the following address:
Annemarie Tucker
Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA   02451
(781) 434-7332
E-mail: atucker@mms.org


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 2014.

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. The deadline for submission is January 9, 2015.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:
Thelma Tatten
Distance Learning Programs Coordinator
Department of Continuing Education and Certification
(781) 434-7305
E-mail: ttatten@mms.org


Men's Health Award

The Men's Health Award recognizes an individual who has advanced medicine as related to men's health. Candidates for this award are nominated by the Massachusetts Medical Society's Committee on Men's Health.  A nomination application form, accompanied by a curriculum vitae or resume, must be submitted for Committee review, accompanied by a seconding letter.  If an individual were to self-nominate, they must include two seconding letters.  The deadline for nominations is December 3, 2014.

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)

Application requests should be submitted by email to Candace Savage at:  csavage@mms.org. Nominations may also be mailed to the following address:

Candace Savage
Committee on Men's Health
Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA  02451-1411
(781) 434-7017
E-mail: csavage@mms.org


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.  Nominees must either practice medicine in Massachusetts or reside in the state and be a member of the MMS in good standing.  Additionally, each nomination must include a nomination application, two seconding letters from Society members, and a current curriculum vitae. Exceptions may be made with regard to MMS membership, if warranted.  The deadline for nominations is: October 31, 2014.  

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)

Application requests should be submitted by email to Robyn Alie at:  ralie@mms.org. Nominations may also be mailed to the following address:

Robyn Alie
Committee on Diversity in Medicine
Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA  02451-1411
(781) 434-7371
E-mail: ralie@mms.org


Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award

The Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award honors a senior MMS physician (60 years of age or older) who has volunteered beyond the call of duty.  Candidates for this award are nominated by their peers and selected by the Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians. Each nominee must have demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism in Massachusetts and dedication to sharing experience and medical expertise.

To nominate a senior volunteer physician for this award, e-mail the nomination application and a brief letter of explanation by October 31, 2014, to cmaher@mms.org

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)

Nominations and accompanying letters of explanation also may be sent by regular mail to the following address:

Carolyn Maher
Membership Services Department
Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 434-7311
E-mail: cmaher@mms.org


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 Award 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. 

Download Application  (Word Doc, 6 pages)



Candidates are nominated by their peers, selected by the Committee on Women in Medicine, and ratified by the Committee on Recognition Awards.  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.  

Nominees must either practice medicine or reside in Massachusetts and be a member of the MMS in good standing. Exceptions may be made with regard to MMS membership, if warranted.

Applications must be received by November 10, 2014.

Application requests should be submitted by email to Erin Tally at: etally@mms.org.  Nominations may also be mailed to the following address:

Erin Tally
Committee on Women in Medicine
Massachusetts Medical Society
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451-1411
(781) 434-7413
E-mail: etally@mms.org 


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2015 MMS Awards Program

The MMS and its Committee on Recognition Awards are currently seeking nominations for the 2015 MMS Awards Program. The deadline for the 5 major MMS awards is December 2, 2014. Other MMS awards deadlines vary. 

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