Awards Overview and Deadlines

Help us recognize our talented members! There are so many people making valuable contributions to public health, education, scientific discovery, and leadership. Your College wants to acknowledge and celebrate our members and invites you to nominate someone you know for any of these wonderful awards and special recognitions.

The College is pleased to announce the nomination period is open for all listed recognitions below and will close April 1st, 2023. 


 Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists (FAOCA)

Earned through active participation in the College and the profession.

  • A Candidate may be nominated by any member of the College and must be sponsored by an existing Fellow.
  • DEADLINE for submissions is April 1. 
  • View nomination process

Timothy D. Ernst Annual Convention Scholarship

The Timothy D. Ernst Annual Convention Scholarship is designated to provide up to two residents with an opportunity to attend the AOCA Annual Convention in honor of Dr. Timothy D. Ernst who had a passion for education and always strived to help and mentor residents. The scholarship includes $1,000, plus complimentary meeting registration, and lodging at the convention hotel.

  • A Candidate may be nominated by any member of the College and must be supported by a Program Director. 
  • DEADLINE for submissions is April 1.
  • Nomination Form

Distinguished Service Award 

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to recognize College members with outstanding accomplishments and leadership in the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists. 

  • A Candidate may be nominated by any member of the College.
  • DEADLINE for submissions is April 1.
  • Nomination Form

Adele M. King Professional Service Award

The Adele M. King Professional Service Award recognizes an individual who has made contributions to the specialty of anesthesiology, public health, education, scientific discovery and/or leadership. Dedicated to AOCA member and Past President, Dr. Adele King who throughout her career has made beyond valuable contributions to these areas of which the award honors. 

Nominees do not need to be a member of the College to be submitted.

  • A Candidate may be nominated by any member of the College.
  • DEADLINE for submissions is April 1.
  • Nomination Form

 Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award

Criteria is based upon the Arnold P. Gold’s Foundation on the attributes of a humanistic doctor: Integrity, Excellence, Compassion, Altruism, Respect, Empathy, & Service. AOCA is proud to partner with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and share candidates. Nominees do not need to be a member of the College to be submitted.

  • A Candidate may be nominated by any member of the College.
  • DEADLINE for submissions is April 1.  
  • Nomination Form

Scientific Abstract Presentation Awards

An abstract poster session is held each year during VAPOR - Annual Convention and Conclave. Abstracts are accepted in two categories, complex case and scientific discovery. Resident and Students presenters are eligible for monetary recognition for first and second place in each category.

  • Abstract submissions will open in February prior to the Annual Convention in September.