AMA Award for Compassionate Service

Dr. Vincent I.O. Agyapong, 2019 recipient of AMA Award for Compassionate Service

The AMA Award for Compassionate Service honors a physician who is an AMA member and, during their career, has demonstrated outstanding compassion, philanthropy and/or volunteerism to improve the state of the community in which they are giving back.

Compassionate service is viewed as 

  • Demonstrating a significant and extraordinary contribution to volunteer or philanthropic efforts.
  • Enhancing the reputation of physicians as compassionate members of the community by giving back locally, nationally or internationally.
  • Going outside of one's normal duties and practices to care for others who would otherwise not receive care or support.

Read further criteria for this award. View past recipients.

Please submit nominations for the 2021 Award for Compassionate Service before April 30.


Please submit the following to the Chair of the AMA Committee on Achievement Awards, c/o Debbie Kuss, AMA Public Affairs, via email to

  • A completed nomination form (please submit typed as hand-written submissions will not be accepted).
  • A letter of support.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.

Deadline for nominations is April 30.

A Special Commendation – Fall 2020

The Committee on Achievement Awards recommended that the AMA confer special recognition in 2020 on specialists in Public Health and Preventive Medicine for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their dedication to protect Albertans in such a crisis and under such pressure is remarkable and worthy of our deepest respect. We acknowledge their leadership contributions, not only in the wake of the pandemic, but also in the continuous collaborative efforts to promote health and well-being of Albertans through various public health initiatives, projects and programs.

This specialty area sometimes misses the profile that other specialties enjoy with the public. COVID-19 has brought them to the forefront as our daily guides to health and safety. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and colleagues have been critical to Alberta’s response to the pandemic.

AMA salutes these colleagues for managing the tide of emerging evidence and crafting sound policy under extreme pressure. While COVID-19 grabbed the spotlight for much of 2020, the day to day work, year in and year out, of these specialists makes our province a safer place to live.

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