This award was established to recognize the great contributions of practitioners to delivering quality healthcare for older people, as well as to showcase the importance of the geriatrics clinician in our healthcare system. Through these clinicians' efforts, scientific advances are integrated into the practice of geriatrics, resulting in improved well-being and quality-of-life for older people.
We welcome nominations for exemplary geriatrics clinicians whose primary focus is on caring for older adults in the office, hospital, long-term care facility, or community. Nominees may have part-time clinical appointments at universities, but the majority of activities must be in the delivery of geriatrics care. Those holding part-time, clinical appointments at academic institutions should derive no more than 10% of their income from their university activities. Nominees must be AGS members.
The following list suggests some of the qualities or characteristics of the clinicians we wish to honor. Awardees should be dedicated to
- Maintaining a high level of professional competence through continuing medical education;
- Being available and accessible to patients;
- Communicating clearly and carefully with patients and their families;
- Being aware of the ethical and social issues inherent in the practice of medicine; and
- Contributing to community healthcare efforts.
Nominations should consist of a letter of nomination, at least one additional letter of support from colleagues, and the nominee's curriculum vitae. The nomination letter should specifically address how the individual's accomplishments relate to the purpose of the award. If the candidate has a part-time clinical appointment within a university teaching hospital, the nomination letter should also include the percentage of the candidate's salary that is supported by the university.
We encourage AGS state affiliates to nominate their members who meet the criteria for this award. Past candidates have been recipients of local "Clinician of the Year" awards before being nominated by state affiliates for this national honor.
$2,000 will be awarded to the recipient.