COLLEGE SERVICE AWARDS

The ACOS is thrilled to recognize the following members in this inaugural year of the ACOS College Service Awards:

2019-2020 ACOS  Outstanding Service Award - Committee Member:                    JOSEPH A. BLASER, D.O., FACOS
2019-2020 ACOS Outstanding Service Award - Lecturer:                                          ROY R. DANKS, D.O., FACOS

2019-2020 ACOS Outstanding Service Award - Mentor:                                            LEONARDO A. GERACI, D.O., FACOS


Joseph A. Blaser, D.O., FACOS
General Surgery
2019-2020 ACOS Outstanding Service Award - Committee Member


Dr. Blaser serves on the Awards Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing all applicants for the awards that recognize excellence in those who have contributed to the osteopathic surgical profession: The Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award, the Guy D. Beaumont Award, the Humanitarian Award and the Orel F. Martin Medal. In addition, the committee is responsible for reviewing resident applications for the Resident Achievement Awards and the Robert C. Erwin Literary Awards. The Robert C. Erwin Literary Awards require that each committee member review at least 2 papers in the first round of review and two different papers in the second round. Dr. Blaser has not only reviewed applications assigned to him , he has volunteered to review additional papers throughout the entire review process. He is recognized in 2019 for his consistent, voluntary efforts to go above and beyond while serving on this committee.

  
Roy R. Danks, D.O., FACOS 
General Surgery
2019-2020 ACOS Outstanding Service Award - Lecturer

Dr. Danks is recognized this year for his consistent and tireless commitment to the 2018 General Surgery In-Depth Review (IDR). In 2018, Dr. Danks presented five excellent lectures AND participated in the Mock Oral Boards workshop. The audience was transfixed with his presentations. They were innovative, interesting, and engaging, leaving the audiences wanting more. His presentations were varied and extremely well prepared. He also incorporated videos of live open-heart surgeries. During one of his trauma lectures he showed how he repaired bullet holes in the heart without stopping the heart. The audience loved it so much that the asked that he replay the video. They could not get enough of Dr. Danks! Despite going above and beyond at the 2018 IDR, Dr. Danks has already committed to presenting multiple lectures at the 2019 IDR. 

 
Leonardo A. Geraci, D.O., FACOS
General Surgery
2019-2020 ACOS Outstanding Service Award - Mentor

Dr. Geraci is the recipient of this year's College Service Award because he embodies all of the qualities that a mentor should have. He has shared his time, perspective, and insight with aspiring physicians and he has done so consistently, as a mentor at the SOSA Speed Mentoring programs during the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Annual Clinical Assembly. The College appreciates his commitment to providing guidance to those who will become part of the osteopathic surgical community.

ABOUT THE ACOS COLLEGE SERVICE AWARDS

The ACOS Membership Committee established the College Service Awards in 2018 to recognize ACOS members who provide outstanding and distinguished service to the College through committee membership, lecturing, mentoring, and recruitment activities. 2019 is the first year the College Service Awards will be awarded. Award recipients will be recognized throughout the year, culminating with a thank you and acknowledgement at the Annual Clinical Assembly. 

The description, criteria and responsible department for each award are as follows:

Committee Member

Description – award presented to an outstanding ACOS member for their contribution to ACOS committee activities and objectives.

Criteria

  1. Participation/attendance score of 75% or higher on the committee(s) served;
  2. Contribution to committee activities and tasks;
  3. Past committee participation/attendance score history.
  4. Additional points given if nominated from an ACOS member/Chair.

Responsible Department –Staff liaisons to ACOS committees.

Lecturer

Description – award presented to an outstanding ACOS member for their contribution to ACOS educational programming (virtual and in-person) through lecturing.

Criteria

  1. Number of lectures given in the eligibility period;
  2. Average score received on speaker evaluations;
  3. Satisfactory submission of all speaker data requirements.
  4. Additional points given if nominated from an ACOS member/Chair.

Responsible Department – Education & Meetings Department.

Mentor

Description – award presented to an outstanding ACOS member for their mentoring activities.

Criteria

  1. Participation in the Mentor Match program;
  2. Participation at the SOSA speed mentoring program;
  3. Average score received from mentees on evaluation forms.
  4. Additional points given if nominated from an ACOS member/Chair.

Responsible Department – Membership Department / SOSA

Recruiter

Description – award presented to an outstanding ACOS member for their efforts in recruiting new members into the College.

Criteria

  1. Highest number of member recruitments in the eligibility period;
  2. Past recruitment history;
  3. Membership application must include the recruiter’s name as being the recruiter/sponsor.
  4. Additional points given if nominated from an ACOS member/Chair.

Responsible Department – Membership Department