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The David Calkins Award in
Health Policy Advocacy

This award recognizes the extraordinary commitment that many members make when they choose to advocate on behalf of SGIM.  

The David R. Calkins Award will be awarded in 2021 with applications opening in Fall 2020. 

It is named for the late David R. Calkins, MD, because of his tireless advocacy in health policy issues on behalf of SGIM since its inception as SREPCIM in 1978. 

Who Should be Nominated?

The recipient of the Calkins award must be either an associate or a full member of SGIM. 

The Selection committee will consider either a nominee who has devoted many years of continued commitment to health policy advocacy; or a nominee who had a good year, achieving a major triumph with regard to an SGIM advocacy issue. 

There would be no further restrictions; e.g. a government employee would be eligible if he or she demonstrated commitment to the policy issues important to SGIM members.

What do I Need to Nominate?

  • Nominee must be a SGIM member.
  • A formal nomination letter, two single-spaced pages or less, including a description of the nominee’s major contributions in one or more of the areas noted above, and why this person should receive the Calkins award.
  • A current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae.

Program Committee Co-Chair Lenny Lopez, MD, Mdiv, MPH and
2019 Calkins Award Winner, Andrew Bindman, MD 

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Important Dates 

October 19, 2020

Award nominations open

December 31, 2020

Award nominations close

February 25, 2021

All award recipients are notified  

April 20-23, 2021

Award presentations and acknowledgements at the 2020 Virtual SGIM Annual Meeting

Past Recipients

2019 Andrew Bindman
2018 Jeffrey R. Jaeger
2017 Mark D. Schwartz
2015  Carolyn Clancy 
2014  Laura Sessums
2013  Oliver Fein 
2012      Nicole Lurie
2011  Preston Reynolds
2010  Harry Selker 
2009  Mark Liebow
2008  John Goodson