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.

Selection Criteria

The award will recognize 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 of 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 levels. The award will be given to a team, a department, an institution, organization or association in the academic world of health.

The award will be presented at the annual AFMC Presidential Address and Award Ceremony at the CCME. The award recipient will receive a complimentary registration for the conference. The terms of this award also provide a CAN $1,000 certificate and up to CAN $2,000 allowance to attend the conference. Please check the General Information section for more details.

Nominating Procedure

Nominations may be made by any faculty member. The nomination package must include a letter of maximum 2,500 words from the nominator identifying the nominee, with explicit reference to how the team, department, institution, organization or association 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. Please check the Nominating Guidelines for more details regarding the nomination process.

To submit a nomination, please complete the Award Nomination Form

Previous Recipients


Northern Ontario School of Medicine


The Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM)


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)