Military Health Takes Nominees for Female Physician Awards

By Health.mil Staff 
May 28, 2013

The nomination process is underway for the next “Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the Military Health System” awards program.

Now in its fifth year, the program seeks to raise the profile of women in military medicine. It recognizes individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and identifies role models to inspire and lead the next generation of female military physicians.

Military Health bestowed the award in March on five women for the 2013 award cycle. The senior award winner, Air Force Col. (Dr.) Kimberly A. Slawinski, vice commander at Air Force Medical Operations Agency in San Antonio, Texas, inspires girls to consider careers in engineering or medicine by volunteering at a teen summer camp focused on math and science.

“Sometimes young women need encouragement from successful women on a personal level,” she said after receiving the award. “They need to see you are truly real and interested in them as opposed to images on television, magazines or Facebook.”

The program presents an opportunity to recognize female military physicians for leadership and medical service. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and United States Public Health Service are accepting applications for the award until June 28.

Each service will then forward their top five junior and top two senior packages to the MHS Chief Human Capital Office (CHCO). One junior winner from the Army, Navy and Air Force and one from the combined Coast Guard and PHS will be selected. In addition, one overall MHS-wide senior winner will be recognized.

Learn more about the selection criteria. 

View sample submission form letter.

Download the nomination form.

Read more about the awards program

See a photo slide show of previous winners.

Service POCs are:

Army: Jennifer A. Welder, email jennifer.a.welder.civ@mail.mil

Navy: Lt. Cmdr. Josephine C. Nguyen, email josephine.nguyen@med.navy.mil

Air Force: Lt. Col. Kelly L. Dorenkott, email kelly.dorenkott@pentagon.af.mil

USPHS/CG: Cmdr. Gregory Davis, email gregory.davis@hhs.gov or Capt. Erica Schwartz erica.g.schwartz@uscg.mil