The award honors former RWJF president, David E. Rogers, MD, who advocated an increased emphasis on primary care, services for the poor and the elderly, the participation of minorities in medicine and other innovations in health care. The award includes a $10,000 stipend and is made each year during the AAMC's annual meeting.
The AAMC calls for nominations every year in a mailing to all 125 U.S. medical schools, 400 member teaching hospitals and more than 90 affiliated professional organizations. A selection committee of six individuals, three appointed by the AAMC and three by RWJF, are named each year to review the nominations. The AAMC's executive committee makes the final decision.