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Guidelines for the Award of the Distinguished Fellow

These guidelines will apply for 2017 and beyond.

The Distinguished Fellow award will be awarded to a Fellow of the College who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the wider healthcare system in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service that is clearly exceptional. Exceptional performance of normal duty will not alone justify an award of this decoration.

Categories of service have been determined as guidelines in nominating College Fellows for the award of the Distinguished Fellow.  In making nominations there must be a detailed justification for the award in terms of outstanding service to the greater healthcare system.   It would be expected that a nominee would be recognized by their peers as an exemplary example of a College Fellow and held in very high regard, both within and external to the College.

Nominations may be received from either the College Board or Chair of State Committee.  Nomination in specific areas of service must be endorsed by the relevant Executive Board member (e.g. the Chair Education and Training for service to examinations). Nominations may be consistent with the following categories:
1)     A remarkable achievement in the wider health care system such as:
a)     An outstanding achievement in medical administration
b)    Outstanding dedication to public service as a healthcare professional
c)     Leadership and innovation within healthcare

Apart from the requirement to detail distinguished service other conditions which should apply in awarding the Distinguished Fellow Award are:

a)  The nomination is endorsed by the Board in a manner consistent with the holding of Board meetings and decision making as provided in the RACMA Constitution
b)  The Distinguished Fellow Award will only be awarded where an exemplary nomination is received.  More than one nominee may be considered for the award in a single year.

These guidelines have been designed to be deliberatively restrictive.  With our relatively small membership the award could be devalued if bestowed too readily or too widely.  It must always be emphasized that it is only offered for significant contributions to the work of the College.

Procedural Aspects

1.  A detailed citation must be prepared by the nominating body and this citation will be presented to the recipient with a certificate.
2.  Nominations with detailed citations must be submitted to the Board by the 26 July each year so that the award and citation can be presented at the subsequent Langford Oration.

Reviewed: 2017
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:50