Application Deadline: November 16, 2020
The William Dodd Founder's Award for Distinguished Service recognizes significant contributions by those individuals who build the organizational strength, image, and mission of AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine to promote medical direction and physician services in long- term care by enhancing the reputation of AMDA, and advancing the Society's goals to improve the care delivered to patients throughout the long-term care continuum.
In 2010, the United States Congress designated March 20th as the National Day of Recognition for Long-Term Care Physicians. This initiative started with an AMDA House of Delegates resolution from the Georgia Medical Directors Association honoring the memory and work of AMDA founder William Dodd, MD, CMD.
It is appropriate that Long Term Care Physician's Day be on Dr. Billy Dodd's birthday, March 20th. He served as a community physician in rural Georgia who recognized that residents of nursing homes were patients with complex medical problems and that physicians needed to be involved in establishing the standards of management and clinical care for the frail elderly and other residents in long-term care facilities.
When Congress passed the 1976 law creating physician medical directors in nursing homes, Dr. Dodd saw the potential for a national organization and more importantly, the birth of a new physician profession. Once the law passed, he worked to get AMDA, then a committee of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), recognized by the American Medical Association.
In June of 1978, Dr. Dodd was sworn in as AMDA’s founding president. He identified key leaders in long-term care around the country and encouraged them to form regional chapters. He always understood the value of alliances and visibility; as a result, this knowledge helped the association to get off to a fast start.
Several years later, President Bill Clinton honored him for his vision in founding this organization and promoting the practice of long-term care medicine. Although he retired from practice in 2002, Dr. Dodd continued to be active in AMDA until his death in 2008.
Nominees for the William Dodd Founder's Award for Distinguished Service must be:
- A physician, physician assistant or advanced nurse practitioner in good standing with the community and profession;
- Active in the field of post-acute/long-term care;
- AMDA -The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine member in good standing; and
- Not a current Officer on the AMDA, ABPLM or Foundation boards.