ACNM Fellowship Overview
What do Henry Wagner, Barbara Croft, Don Schauwecker, Rosalyn Yalow,
and Robert Lull have in common along with 213 other select Nuclear
Medicine Professionals? All are Fellows of the American College of
Nuclear Medicine (FACNM). Any full, honorary, emeritus, corresponding,
corporate, or affiliate member of the College is eligible to be
designated as a Fellow of the ACNM.
Although some organizations allow members to become fellows simply by
belonging for a certain number of years and perhaps having a publication
or two, being named a fellow of the ACNM means much more. Those who
have attained fellowship are recognized for their contributions, not
just their membership. A fellow is recognized as someone who has helped
the College, or nuclear medicine as a whole, by giving of their time and
energy for the betterment of our profession. There are many who are
good physicians, scientists, or supporters of nuclear medicine, but only
a select group has been recognized by their peers as deserving of this
honor because of what they have done besides their day-to-day work.
As stated in the college bylaws, "fellows shall be those persons who
have evidenced to their peers superior competence, integrity and
maturity in the application of their Nuclear medicine knowledge and
skill and who have been elected to this honor by the Board of Directors."
Those given this honor have provided significant and sustained service
to the college and to the nuclear medicine community combined,
extraordinary and sustained service to the ACNM, or extraordinary and
sustained contributions to the field of nuclear medicine.
Requests for fellowship may be made to the Board by completing a
nomination packet. The application requires that the nominee have at
least one recommendation letter from another ACNM member. Other items
required include: a list of the nominee's past service to the ACNM, a
list of all ACNM meetings the nominee has attended in the past five
years, a list of up to five of the nominee's most recent books or
chapters published, a list of up to ten of the nominee's published
articles (including reprints of three most significant), a list of up to
five other organizations of which the nominee is a member (including
significant awards, honors, offices held, etc.), a list of all other
significant contributions by the nominee to the field of Nuclear
Medicine, and the nominee's current curriculum vitae.
Fellows may initiate the application themselves or someone else may
initiate the nomination. The packets may be submitted any time, but,
traditionally, fellowships are only announced at the ACNM annual
meeting. If you know someone who deserves this honor, obtain an
application and make the nomination or encourage him/her to apply. Write
that supporting recommendation and help the College recognize the best
of our profession.