ACP Bylaws state that Masters shall be Fellows who have been selected because of “integrity, positions of honor, impact in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” Masters must be highly accomplished persons demonstrating impact in practice, leadership, or in medical research. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors, such as renown within their field and/or ACP chapter, research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, administrative positions, care of patients, and service to their community.
John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine
This award is bestowed for outstanding, lifetime work in clinical medicine which has been innovative and/or had a regional or national impact.
James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine
This award is bestowed for distinguished contributions in preventive medicine. Preventive medicine shall be interpreted to include any subject bearing on the prevention of disease.
Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the American College of Physicians
This award is bestowed for outstanding service to the American College of Physicians.
Harriet P. Dustan Award for Science as Related to Medicine
This award is bestowed for outstanding work in science as related to internal medicine.
Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution in the Health Field
This award is bestowed upon a layperson or lay organization for a distinguished contribution advancing the health care of adults, including health care equity and justice.
Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award
The award is bestowed upon a Fellow or Master of the College who has demonstrated the ennobling qualities of a great teacher as judged by the accomplishments of former students. These students should have been inspired by the nominee and achieved positions of influence in the field of medical education, primarily as teachers. If the awardee has not previously been elected to Mastership, it will be awarded when elected.
Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award for Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients
The award is given to an outstanding practitioner of internal medicine whose career has been devoted to the care of patients. The practitioner must be a clinician who is highly respected by peers and colleagues for clinical skills and who has been a role model.
Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine
The award is given for outstanding scholarly activities in history, literature, philosophy, and ethics and contributions to humanism in medicine.
Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award of the American College of Physicians
The award is bestowed upon a Member, Fellow, or Master of the College who has consistently volunteered their services to teach medical students, residents, or other trainees outside of their academic responsibilities.
Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service
The award is bestowed upon a current or former government official or a physician acting in an official capacity (city, county, state or federal, executive, or legislative) who has provided outstanding public service toward improving the delivery of health care.
Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service
The award is bestowed upon an ACP Medical Student Member, Resident/Fellow Member, Member, Fellow, or Master who has initiated or been involved in volunteer programs, or has provided post training volunteer service. The service must have been completely voluntary and not for completion of training or position requirements. Volunteer work must have been done as a physician or medical trainee and be medically related.
Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award
The award is to be given to an American physician who has made a major contribution to the science of patient care in activities that Dr. Feinstein has broadly defined as clinical epidemiology or clinimetrics, involving the direct study of patients’ clinical conditions. This award is given every other year.
Walter J. McDonald Award for Early Career Physicians
The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a physician member who is within 16 years of graduating medical school and who is not an ACP Medical Student Member or Resident/Fellow Member.
Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award
The award recognizes a Resident/Fellow member of the College who has demonstrated qualities that exemplify the College’s mission “to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.”
Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator
The award recognizes an ACP member who is an internal medicine interest group leader, clinical clerkship director, program director, or faculty member (no higher than the level of an associate professor of medicine) who spends a significant amount of time teaching medical students.
W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care
The award is given to an ACP member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the health care workforce, and/or improving health equity for people with historically marginalized group identities.
Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes
The award is given to a member of the American College of Physicians or to an organization that has made important health care delivery innovations for diabetic patients resulting in improved clinical or economic outcomes; or a member of the ACP who has conducted research that significantly improves quality of care or clinical management of diabetes.
ACP Award for Distinguished Contributions to Behavioral Medicine
This award is bestowed for distinguished contributions to the integration of behavioral medicine with traditional medicine. This award recognizes an individual who has furthered the care of patients by recognizing the importance of caring for the whole patient, both mind and body. This can be through research or clinical innovations.
ACP Award for Outstanding Educator of Residents and Fellows
The award recognizes an ACP member who is a distinguished faculty member who spends a significant amount of time teaching residents and fellows.
ACP Award for a Distinguished Contribution by ACP National or Chapter Staff
This award is bestowed to a former or retired national or chapter staff member of the American College of Physicians for distinguished contributions to ACP.
Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders
This award is bestowed upon a physician executive or leader of a national or international medical organization for distinguished contributions to internal medicine or significant impact on improving health care and/or medical education beyond a single institution or health system. The physician executive/leader should be an employee not serving in an elected position. Nominations of women and underrepresented or marginalized groups are encouraged.
Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine
This award is bestowed upon an ACP member for distinguished contributions to advancing the careers of women in medicine. This award recognizes an individual who has furthered the careers of women medical students, residents, and/or physicians through mentoring and leadership development.