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2014 Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award Nominations due February 28


The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2014 Surgical Volunteerism Awards and Surgical Humanitarian Award until Friday, February 28.

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award, offered in four categories, recognizes surgeons who give back to society and contribute to surgical care through organized volunteer activities. ACS Fellows in active surgical practice whose volunteer activities exceed professional commitments, or retired Fellows who have been involved in volunteerism during their active practice and into retirement are eligible for domestic, international, and military outreach awards. Resident Members and Associate Fellows (ACS Members) who have been involved in significant surgical volunteer activities during their postgraduate surgical training are eligible for the Resident award. Surgeons of all specialties are eligible for each of these awards.

The ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award honors surgeons who have dedicated a significant portion of their surgical careers to full-time or near full-time humanitarian efforts beyond routine surgical practice. Examples include a missionary career surgery, the founding and ongoing operations of a charitable organization that provides surgical care to the underserved, or surgical volunteer outreach during retirement. Compensation for this work may be expected and does not preclude a nominee from consideration.

The ACS Board of Governors (B/G) Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup will evaluate the nominations, and the B/G Executive Committee will approve the final award winners.

Self-nominations are permissible but require at least one outside letter of support.

Re-nomination of previous nominees is acceptable but requires an updated application.

Supplemental materials should be kept to a minimum and will not be returned.

The nomination website is open for electronic submissions and may be accessed through the "Announcements" section of the Operation Giving Back website at Please contact with any questions.

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