The ASA Resident Humanitarian Service Award, sponsored by the ASA Resident Component and ASA Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO), recognizes one resident or fellow who has done outstanding work that promotes humanitarian involvement and that achieves several objectives, including attracting more residents and fellows to consider global health and humanitarian opportunities during training and encouraging academic departments to permit residents and fellows in their programs to do such work.
The ASA Resident Humanitarian Service Award recognizes one anesthesiology trainee who, during the course of his or her medical training, has made a significant contribution to global anesthesia care through organized humanitarian outreach activities, in the US or abroad. Examples might be creating or participating in virtual education platforms for use during COVID-19, creating or participating in educational programs about COVID-19 preparations for low resource settings, or creating or participating in virtual mentorship programs. Eligible candidates must be a resident in anesthesiology or fellow at the time of nomination.
Nominations may be submitted by a residency or fellowship program director on the behalf of a current resident or fellow. Only one nomination may be submitted by a program director per year. Nominations shall consist of a completed nomination form, letter of support from the training program director, the candidate’s CV, and a one-page description of the candidate’s record of service and contribution. Up to two additional letters of recommendation may be included in the nomination materials.
The nomination deadline is July 15, 2021.
Criteria for Nominee Consideration
The recipient will be selected by a committee of representatives from the ASA Resident Component Governing Council, Committee on Global Humanitarian Outreach, Committee on Residents and Medical Students, and ASA Charitable Foundation Board of Directors. The award will be presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® annual meeting during the ASA Resident Component House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting.
The ideal nominee will demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Involvement: The nominee must have been involved in outreach by donating time or talents to professional work for charitable clinical, educational or other worthwhile activities related to anesthesiology, in program(s) directed at under-served populations within or outside the United States. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, virtual work is now recognized as a valuable contribution.
- Service: The work must have been performed on a completely voluntary basis (i.e., not as part of a requirement for completion of training).
- Significance: The range and scope of the work must be significant, and the outreach efforts must be sustained over time.
- Leadership: The nominee must have shown leadership in initiating, developing and implementing key elements of the outreach program(s).
- Role Model: The nominee must have served as a role model for other physicians or trainees to participate in outreach activities.
The ASA Resident Humanitarian Service Award winner will be recognized at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® annual meeting during the ASA Resident Component House of Delegates (HOD) meeting. The award recipient will receive reimbursement of expenses up to $1,000 and an award plaque.
2020: No recipient identified
2019: Nathaniel Tighe, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
2018: Andrea Murray, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical
2017: Benjamin Cloyd, M.D., M.I.P.H., University of Michigan
2016: Colby Simmons, D.O., M.B.A., University of Colorado School of Medicine
2015: Meghan Prin, M.D., Columbia University Dept. of Anesthesiology