ACEP’s Board of Directors and Awards Nominations Are Due in March

It’s nomination season at ACEP, and opportunities are now available for those who want to engage a little more deeply with the College.

It’s been said that a true measure of a leader is knowing when it is time to accept the challenge of leadership. Carefully considering their education, life experiences, and potential will help determine when they are ready to lead.

If this self-assessment results in you wanting to take those next steps, consider submitting a nomination to be part of ACEP’s leadership as a member of the national Board of Directors, Council Speaker, or Council Vice Speaker.

Among other factors, the ACEP Nominating Committee will consider activity and involvement in the College, the Council, and component bodies; leadership experience in other organizations or practicing institution; candidate diversity; and specific experiential needs of the organization when considering the slate of candidates.

Members of the Board of Directors serve 3-year terms that begin after the Board meeting following their election. The ACEP Council, among its other responsibilities, elects four members to the Board of Directors each year.

Several ACEP Awards winners and their guests celebrated their honors during a reception at ACEP23 in Philadelphia last year. (Click to enlarge.)

Made up of ACEP’s 53 chartered chapters, its sections of membership, the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine (AACEM), the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD), the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the ACEP Council ensures grass-roots involvement in ACEP’s democratic decision-making process.

To qualify for a Board position, a candidate must:

  • Be highly motivated to serve ACEP and be committed for three years for a Board position;
  • Be an ACEP member in good standing with no delinquent dues;
  • Show evidence of ACEP involvement in both national and chapter activities (such as current or past chapter officer, current or past national committee leadership, current or past Council membership, or current or past section leadership);
  • Show chapter and/or section support for candidacy.

To submit a nomination by March 11 or find out more about the process, visit acep.org/board-nominations.

ACEP’s Awards Program was developed for one reason—to recognize your leadership and excellence.

The program provides an opportunity to recognize members in all career stages and environments for significant professional contributions as well as for service to the College. All members of ACEP are eligible to participate in one or more of the College’s award programs. Separate nomination forms must be submitted for each award category.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 12. Find each award’s description, criteria and nomination portal at acep.org/leadership-awards.

The 2024 ACEP Leadership Awards include:

  • John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award: Must be an active, life, or honorary member of ACEP and a past or current member of the Board of Directors or officer of the Council; must possess personal leadership attributes and serve as a role model for ACEP members; and must have made an outstanding contribution to ACEP by significantly helping to achieve ACEP’s purposes and objectives. Recipients of this award are ineligible to receive awards in other categories of the Awards Program.
  • James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award: Must be an active, life, or honorary member of ACEP and have made a significant contribution to emergency medicine through a variety of avenues, such as improved patient-care delivery modes, cost containment, quality-of-care improvements, disaster planning, improved EMS organization, public education, and ACEP committee service. Recipients of this award are ineligible to receive awards in other categories of the Awards Program.
  • John A. Rupke Legacy Award: Must be a member of ACEP for more than 25 years with sustained contributions in the local, state, or national emergency-medicine communities as a consensus builder, with humanitarianism, and as an advocate for the profession. The member must have also demonstrated exceptional commitment of time and dedication to emergency medicine and to improving the care of emergency patients. Previous recipients of the Wiegenstein or Mills awards are not eligible to receive this award.
  • Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy: Must be a person of distinction who has made an outstanding contribution to medical health policy or to the development or support of legislation and/or regulations that enhance access to emergency medicine, shown exemplary performance as an administrator in medicine and health care, or made outstanding contributions to organized medicine.
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research: Must be a member of ACEP and have made an outstanding contribution to research in emergency medicine as demonstrated in accomplishments such as outstanding research and publication of original research.
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution in EMS: Must be a regular member of the College that has made an outstanding contribution of national significance in the area of EMS and/or an outstanding contribution to the development, promotion, maturation or education of EMS on a state or national level with related national significance or application.
  • Council Meritorious Award: Must be an active, life, or honorary member of ACEP and a past or current Councillor who has served for at least 3 years, and have contributed to the Council through Steering Committee membership, Reference Committee participation, participation on other Council committees, resolution development and debate, longevity as a Councillor, or service as a Council officer.
  • Judith E. Tintinalli Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education: Must be a member of ACEP and have made an outstanding contribution to academic emergency medicine through areas such as development of teaching tools and resident education.
  • Honorary Membership Award: Individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to ACEP by significantly helping to achieve one or more of the College’s purposes and objectives, or who have served as a role model for ACEP members, with personal attributes such as inspiration.
    • Candidates for honorary membership cannot be currently eligible for other categories of College membership. Chapter executives are eligible for nomination only after leaving employment from the chapter.
  • Policy Pioneer Award: Must be a regular member of the College within their first 10 years of practice following residency or fellowship, and have made an outstanding contribution early in their career to medical health policy or administration by: significantly helping to advance a health policy agenda supportive to medicine and medical care; or development or unceasing support of legislation and/or regulations that enhance access to emergency medicine in particular and healthcare in general; or exemplary performance as a physician or non-physician administrator in medicine and health care; or making outstanding contributions to organized medicine. Previous recipients of the Colin C. Rorrie Jr., PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy are not eligible to receive this award.
  • Pamela P. Bensen Trailblazer Award: Must be a current member who has made seminal contributions over time to the growth of the College and to the specialty of emergency medicine. Previous recipients of the Wiegenstein, Mills or Rupke Awards are not eligible to receive this award. Recipients of this award are ineligible to receive awards in other categories of the Awards Program.
  • Diane K. Bollman Award: Must be a current or recent (within the past 12 months) ACEP Chapter executive or Chapter staff member who has made a significant contribution to advancing emergency care and the objectives of an ACEP Chapter and the College.
  • Community Emergency Medicine Excellence Award: Individuals who have made a significant contribution in advancing emergency care and/or health care within the community in which they practice.
  • Disaster Medical Sciences Award: Must be a current member who has made outstanding contributions of national/international significance or impact to the field of disaster medicine.
  • Emergency Medicine Wellness Center of Excellence Award: Presented to an emergency medicine group, department, or clinical site that incorporates wellness and resilience on an institutional level and to use the information gathered in the nominations process to understand more about wellness best practices.
  • Innovative Change in Practice Management Award: Must be an emergency physician who has developed an innovative process, solution, technology or product to solve a significant problem in the practice of emergency medicine.
  • Public Health Trailblazer Award: Must be an ACEP member for at least five years and have made a significant contribution in advancing public health care and injury prevention measures locally, statewide, or nationally.
  • Innovation & Excellence in Behavioral Health & Addiction Medicine Award: Must be a member who has made a significant contribution in advancing the emergency department care of patients with behavioral health and substance use disorder.
  • Leon L. Haley, Jr. Award for Excellence in Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity: Must be a regular member of the College who has made an outstanding contribution in advancing diversity, inclusion, and health equity by:
    • Significantly helping to advance diversity, inclusion, and health equity within their community, statewide, or nationally.
    • Developing or supporting a program that addresses diversity, inclusion, and health equity within the context of emergency medicine or primary or secondary health care within the community.
    • Performing community outreach regarding diversity, inclusion, and health equity programs, rigorous evaluation, and/or dissemination of effective initiatives or established programs.
  • Lou Graff Award for Excellence in Observation Medicine: Must be a member for five years and have made a significant contribution to observation medicine.