IMS Seeking Nominations for Annual Awards


Every year at our Presidential Reception, the Iowa Medical Society recognizes four individuals and organizations with the Award of Merit, the Physician Community Service Award, the IMS John F. Sanford Award, and the Washington Freeman Peck Award. We are always looking to honor IMS Members and Iowa organizations that are improving healthcare and who are making our communities healthier, safer, and happier. 

If you know of a physician who may meet the below criteria of a certain award, or an organization that you feel is going above and beyond in our state, please nominate them by emailing Susan Sutherland at IMS.

Award of Merit – Presented to someone who works to advance the practice of medicine in Iowa, is a service to Iowa’s physician community and has a steadfast commitment to the core purpose of the Iowa Medical Society: To assure the highest quality of healthcare in Iowa through our role as physician and patient advocate.

IMS/COPIC Physician Humanitarian Award (previously known as the IMS Physician Community Service Award) – Given to a physician in Iowa for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community through principles focused on human dignity, social justice, and compassion.

IMS John F. Sanford Award – Given to honor a layperson who has made outstanding contributions to the public health or in the field of health care and is a champion of the Iowa Medical Society.

Washington Freeman Peck Award – Presented to honor a lay organization for its outstanding contributions to the public health.

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