AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award

The AFMC - Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award was created in 2014. This AFMC award - named after Dr. Charles Boelen, a world leader in Social Accountability - aims to celebrate groups of people or organizations whose professional accomplishments are an example of the principles of social accountability implemented as defined in the Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools ( and in internationally recognized references.

The award will be presented at the 2018 Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from April 28 to May 1, 2018. It can be given to a team, a department, an institution, organization or association in the academic world of health. The group will be granted a CAN$1,000 certificate, one complimentary registration for the CCME and up to CAN$2,000 allowance to attend the conference. 

Nomination Procedure

The prize will reward outstanding accomplishment in implementing the principles of social accountability in the academic world of health by demonstrating some of the following:

  • A focused response to the priority health needs of citizens and society in education, research and/or service delivery missions, consistent with values of quality, equity, relevance and effectiveness.
  • An action taking into account the comprehensive needs of persons and the social determinants of population health.
  • A strong partnership with the main health stakeholders for efficient synergy in health development.
  • The use of proper evaluation indices and mechanisms to assess the impact of the academic institution on health system performance and population health status.
  • A contribution to national and relevant sub-national policies in support to academic institutions engaged in actions for greater societal impact.

It is understood that while the Award may honour work related to one of the three domains of education, research or health service delivery, preference will be given to work tackling all three domains in an integrated fashion. Priority will also be given to the transferability of the experience to other academic institutions at national, regional or global level. The nomination package must include a letter of maximum 2,500 words from the nominator identifying the group/organization, with explicit reference to how the group/organization meets each of the 5 criteria above mentioned, as well as two letters of reference from individuals or organizations in support of the group/organization.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 30, 2017. The nomination, including 1 copy of all documentation, should be sent to the AFMC at . Selected recipients will be notified in November 2017.

Previous Recipients


International Federation of Medical Students' Associations


Francophone International Action-Research Project on the Social Accountability of Faculties of Medicine


Training for Health Equity Network (THEnet)



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