Call for nominations: BCMA and CMA special awards

Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 52, No. 7, September 2010, page(s) 341 Pulsimeter

BCMA Silver Medal of Service
BCMA members are encouraged to nominate physicians or laypersons for the BCMA Silver Medal of Service award. The medal will be presented at the BCMA’s Annual General Meeting in June 2011. 

Physician nominees must have 25 years of membership in good standing in the BCMA, the CMA, and the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Nonmedical candidates may be laypersons of Canadian or foreign citizenship. To be eligible for the award, nominees must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Long and distinguished service to the BCMA.
• Outstanding contributions to medicine and/or medical/political involve­ment in British Columbia or Canada.
• Outstanding contributions by a layperson to medicine and/or to the welfare of the people of British Columbia or Canada.

Nominations for the BCMA Silver Medal of Service may be made by any BCMA member in good standing. Submit the candidate’s curriculum vitae and your reasons for nominating the individual to the BCMA Membership Committee, #115–1665 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5A4 by 30 November 2010.

CMA Honorary Membership
The BCMA is able to submit nominations to the CMA for individuals to receive the honor of becoming a CMA Honorary Member (previously called CMA Senior Member Award). 

Candidates must be age 65 or over and a member of both the BCMA and the CMA for the immediately preceding 10 consecutive years, including the forthcoming year 2011. They must have distinguished themselves in their medical careers by making a significant contribution to the community and to the medical profession. 

To nominate a candidate for CMA Honorary Member Award, send a letter outlining the reasons for your nomination along with the individual’s curriculum vitae to the BCMA Membership Committee, #115–1665 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5A4 by 30 November 2010.

Dr David M. Bachop Gold Medal for Distinguished Medical Service
This award may be made annually to a British Columbia doctor who is judged by the selection committee to have made an extraordinary contribution in the field of organized medicine and/or community service. 

Achievement should be so outstanding as to serve as an inspiration and a challenge to the medical profession in British Columbia. 

Only one award will be made in any 1 year and there shall be no obligation on the fund to make the award annually. 

A letter of nomination including a current curriculum vitae of the candidate should be sent to Ms Lorie Janzen at BCMA, #115–1665 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 5A4 by 5 April 2011.

CMA Special Awards
Further information on criteria, including nomination forms for the CMA Special Awards, can be obtained from www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/1368/la_id/1.htm (select “About CMA” and “Awards from CMA”). 

Alternatively, contact the CMA Awards Committee Coordinator by mail, 1867 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 3Y6, or by telephone at 800 663-7336 extension 2243. Nominations and the individual’s curriculum vitae must be sent to the CMA by 30 November 2010.

F.N.G. Starr Award
Awarded to a CMA member who has achieved distinction in one of the following ways: making an outstanding contribution to science, the fine arts, or literature (nonmedical); serving humanity under conditions calling for courage or the endurance of hardship in the promotion of health or the saving of life; or advancing the humanitarian or cultural life of his or her community or in improving medical service in Canada.

CMA Medal of Honour
Bestowed upon an individual who is not a member of the medical profession who has achieved excellence in one of the following areas: personal contributions to the advancement of medical research, medical education, health care organization, or health education of the public; service to the people of Canada in raising the standards of health care delivery in Canada; service to the profession in the field of medical organization.

CMA Medal of Service
Presented to a CMA member for excellence in at least two of the following areas: service to the profession in the field of medical organization, service to the people of Canada in raising the standards of medical practice in Canada, personal contributions to the advancement of the art and science of medicine.

Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Action
Awarded to a member of the CMA’s MD-MP Contact Program who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment, and dedication to the cause of advancing the policies, views, and goals of the CMA at the federal level through grassroots advocacy efforts.

May Cohen Award for Women Mentors
Submitted by the mentee and presented to a woman physician who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring abilities.

CMA Award for Excellence in Health Promotion
Awarded for individual efforts or a non-health sector organization to promote the health of Canadians at the national level or with a national positive impact.

CMA Award for Young Leaders
The CMA will present the Award for Young Leaders to one student, one resident, and one early-career physician (5 years post-residency) member who has demonstrated exemplary dedication, commitment, and leadership in one of the following domains: political, clinical, education, research, or community service.

Dr William Marsden Award in Medical Ethics
Recognizes a CMA member who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment, and dedication to the cause of advancing and promoting excellence in the field of medical ethics in Canada.

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