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.
Nominating and supporting letters should address:
- In what way has the nominee demonstrated excellence in and devotion to the clinical care of patients. Whether the nominee’s contributions merit local, state, national, or international recognition.
- If applicable, how the physician serves the needs of underserved communities and underrepresented or marginalized populations.
- How the nominee’s characteristics as a role model influenced the nominator’s approach to clinical care.
- For letters of support from patients, describe how the nominee made a difference in that patient’s care and what makes the nominee unique compared with other practitioners from whom the patient has received care.
In honor of the late Ralph O. Claypoole Sr., first administrator of the College's membership insurance programs.