AFMC Charles Boelen international social accountability award

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) has announced  a new award - the AFMC Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award. Named after Dr Charles Boelen, a world leader in Social Accountability, it aims to celebrate 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.

It is with great pride that the AFMC is joining forces with Dr Charles Boelen to create this new international award and reach out to our colleagues from around the world. Social Accountability is a major focus for our association and we look forward to collaborating with you and hopefully awarding this inaugural prize to someone within your organization at next year’s Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Vancouver, Canada.

Nomination process

Nominations may be proposed by an individual or by an organization and must be submitted before the closing date for nominations, on October 31.

The following documentation must be provided for each nomination: name and affiliation, a resume if the nominee is an individual or a description of the mission if a team, a department, an establishment or an organization is nominated, a description of the works corresponding to the criteria enumerated above, as well as a recommendation letter no longer than 1000 words.

You can read more about the AFMC – Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award on the AFMC’s website or see the attached flyer.

About Dr Charles Boelen

Charles Boelen is a Belgian born physician, specialized in public health, health system management and medical education, with a large experience in international health, namely as staff member of the WHO for 30 years. His work focusses on partnership in health, social accountability of academic institutions and the development of health professions. The concept of the "5-star doctor" was an initiative of Charles' which WONCA continues in its 5-star doctor awards.