Starting from 2018, the WAMS, The World Academy of Medical Sciences will annually be awarding entitled medical professionals the global WAMS Awards [WAMSA], the Medical Academy Awards [MAA] in three categories.
- Surgery: General Surgery and all the surgical sub-branches of Medicine, e.g. Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Urology, Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Surgical Oncology, Ear, Nose and Throat, Ophthalmology, etc.
- Clinical Medicine: All the fields and specialties of clinical medicine.
- Basic Medical Sciences: All the fields and branches and of the basic sciences of Medicine and related fields and branches including Human Biology and Molecular Biology.
Each winner gets awarded with a golden “WAMS Globe”, a golden “WAMS Shield”, a “WAMS Award Certificate” and a cash prize. All the members of a winning team or group get WAMS Globes, Shields and Certificates also as personalized individually and get the cash prize shared among them equally.
Also, at the "Awards Ceremony", the winners' nominators in all of the three categories receive the Academy's "Honor Award" for their facilitating contribution to the winners' success.
- There is no limits in the numbers of nominations received in all of the three categories.
- Nominators must submit their nominations to the Academy’s Central Coordination Office (CCO) between the 1st May of each year and and the 30th April of the following year.
- Submissions of nominations may only be made online by filling out the online “Nomination Form”.
- The required details of the nominated candidates and their work/study, as stated in the “Nomination Form”, may be included and attached electronically (online) only.
- No self-nomination is accepted.
- Nominations may be submitted by nominators regardless of their social, professional or family relations to the persons they nominate.
- Nominators must be qualified and academically or non-academically titled medical professionals.
- Nominators may nominate prospective candidates as individuals or groups depending upon the rights/ownership of their submitted work or study.
- Names or other details of nominators, by rule, will not be disclosed or mentioned in any way, directly or indirectly until the Awards Ceremony at which they receive the Academy's "Honor Award" for their facilitating contribution to the winners' success.
- "One nominator - One nominee" Rule: A nominator may nominate only one person or group/team in one award year.
- "One nominee - One submission" Rule: A nominee, individually, may be nominated for only once in one award year. In a case of multiple submissions of various work/study of the same nominee, even if submitted by different nominators, the entry of the first submission will be put in process and the following submission(s) will be rejected and disqualified for that award year. This rule does not apply to group/team nominations where an individually-nominated person may also happen to be a group/team member in another nomination of work/study and vice versa.
The awards are given to qualified medical scientists, clinicians or practitioners for their outstanding and unequaled work or study that distinctly and exceptionally contribute to the science of medicine in the categories of Surgery, Clinical Medicine and Basic Medical Sciences.
- Nominees in all of the categories must be the professionals of medical sciences or medicine-related sciences or fields. Any submission nominating a non-medical or non-medicine-related candidate will be rejected without review.
- The nominated work or study must be internationally published (at least 24 hours) before the date of nomination.
- The nominated work or study must NOT, internationally, nationally, regionally or locally, be awarded with award(s)/prize(s) of any kind previously.
- Any work or study that has led to an existing commercial or non-commercial medical or non-medical product can NOT be nominated. Such nominations will be rejected without review.
- Any accepted nominated work or study, that is in public domain, gets listed having its title displayed in one or more nomination lists without the consent of the nominee.
- Any nominated work or study, that, although published, is not yet in public domain, will be accepted only along with an officially issued waiver from the nominee.
- Nominees, as a rule, are unconditionally considered by the Academy to have been informed by their nominators of the submission of their work or study.
Online Restriction and Access
- Public Access: The site's daily-updated lists of nominees are open to the public through the whole progressive period of review and selection. The rest of the site is not open to the public.
- Nominees' Access: The only areas of the site restricted from nominees are the Nominators and Voters Pages to which they have no access. The rest of the site is fully open to them.
- Nominators' Access: Nominators' confidential page, which contains the official online "Nomination Form", is open only to nominators who also have access to the rest of the site except the "Voters Page".
- Voters' Access: Voters' confidential page, which contains the official online "Voting Form", is open only to voters who also have access to the rest of the site except the "Nominators Page".
Nomination Period for the 2018 Medical Academy Awards:
- Nomination Period begins: 1st May 2017 at 00:01 [Nominator's Local Time]
- Nomination Period ends: 30th April 2018 at 23:59 [Nominator's Local Time]
Selection process takes place in elimination rounds in which nominees progress through three “qualifying” stages:
First Lists (Cumulative Lists): Announced on 1st September 2018
Selection Limit: No limit in the numbers of nominees.
The First Lists of the categories, announced and displayed online, present, in alphabethical order, the names of nominees who have reached the limit of the 100-point Academic Score. Under the nominees names, the titles of their study or work take place.The lists also display the exact points held by the nominees.
Voting: The voters are the delegates (members) of the WAMS General Council (Academy fellows and members) who are the members of the Academy’s “World Medical Sciences Council”. They vote in all the categories to move 25 of the nominees of the each category to the next stage (Stage 2) of the progression.
The score of 100 or more points: In order to take place in the First Lists of nominees officially, candidates must have a sufficient number of nominators whose submissions add up to help them reach the score of 100 or more Academic Points.
Academic Points: This is a simple and straight system of enabling the nominees to enter the cumulative lists (First Lists). Each nominee’s Total points are generated by the nominators’ summed up individual points which are variably specified and assigned depending upon their professional and academic titles and status as shown in the examples below:
- WAMS executives: 0 (Not allowed to nominate)
- WAMS’ non-executive members and fellows: 0.5 point
- Non-Academically titled medical professionals: 1 point
- Academically titled medical professionals: 2 points
- Academically titled senior medical professionals: 3 points
- Heads of national medical institutions: 3 points
- Department heads of Medical Schools/Faculties: 3 point (excluding the WAMS Faculty)
- Deans of Medical Schools/Faculties: 5 points (excluding the WAMS Faculty)
- Medical scholars (excluding WAMS scholars): 5 points
- Heads of international medical institutions: 7 points (excluding the WAMS and its related institutions)
- Ministers of Health (US: Surgeon General): 15 Points
Second Lists (Short Lists): Announced on 1st November 2018
Selection Limit: 25 Nominees get voted.
The Short Lists are the “Twenty-Five-Candidate” Lists which display the remaining twenty-five qualifying candidates in each category after the elimination of the other nominees.
Voting: The voters are the members of the Academy’s three councils; “WAMS Executive Council”, “WAMS Scientific Council” and the “International Medical Research Council” who vote in all the categories to move 5 of the 25 nominees of each category to the final stage (Stage 3) of the progression.
- Final Lists: Announced on 15th December 2018
- Selection Limit: 5 Nominees get voted.
- This is the final stage of the selection process where the final voting takes place to determine the winners of all the categories.
- Voting: The voters are the delegates (members) of the WAMS General Council (the “World Medical Sciences Council”). They vote in all the categories to choose one of the five nominees of the each category as the winner.
- "Award Ceremony & Celebration" Day: 20th December 2018 – Paris
For queries, contact the Alejandro De La Parra Solomon, the WAMS Chief Coordination Officer.
Best regards, Dr. M M. Karindas, MD
President, The World Academy of Medical Sciences
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