BOARD OF DIRECTORS POLICY PAPER
ON AWARDING RECOGNITION AS A
FELLOW OF UNDERSEA AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE
*NOTE: #5 Nomination requirement for FUHM applications is waived until December 31, 2013
REQUIRED ITEMS TO ACCOMPANY APPLICATION (First 4 pages of application):
1. Signed cover page.
2. Application Fee (non-refundable) of $300. Please submit the FUHM Initial Application
Payment Invoice within this application.
CV (in English) containing sufficient detail to document my eligibility for
designation as a FUHM.
4. Reference Sheet: please submit five (5) references
willing to attest to your professional and ethical stature. References must be a current FUHM (see
website for current list) or recognized national or international leaders in
the field of UHM who are familiar with your professional work and standing.
5. Nomination letter from a current FUHM, Fellow
Committee or UHMS Board of Director Member. (see www.uhms.org for current listing of Members- click UHM Fellow on left hand side toolbar)- (Waived until December 31, 2013)
1 January: Application with payment must be received by home office
1 March: FUHM Committee to complete review of applicants
March: UHMS BOD vote on applicants at spring BOD Meeting.
April: Notification of application acceptance/denial will be sent
1 May: FUHM Annual Membership Dues of $400 must be received
June: Accepted FUHM recognized at UHMS ASM Awards Banquet
The UHMS BOD will determine the fees applicable to FUHM
application and corresponding annual membership dues. FUHM fees and annual membership dues may be
modified or waived at the discretion of the BOD.
Fees associated with FUHM recognition may include any or all
of the following:
1. Application Fee ($300)—This fee must accompany every
application for consideration as a FUHM.
The fee is intended to cover a portion of the cost of reviewing and
processing the application and is not refundable.
2. FUHM Annual Membership Fee ($400)—An invoice is sent
once an applicant is accepted. If the
Membership fee is not received by May 1st the applicant will not be
awarded FUHM recognition in that calendar year (presented each year at the UHMS
Annual Scientific Meeting Awards Banquet for - new inductees only). Membership fees following induction will
remain $400 annually.
Please send the above mentioned documents in its
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
21 West Colony Place, Suite 280
Durham, NC 27705
Policy and Purpose
Recognition as a Fellow of
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (FUHM) is awarded to individual members of the
Society whose professional activities and standing are judged to be worthy of
such recognition. The Undersea and
Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Board of Directors (hereafter designated as
the BOD) confers this recognition based upon the criteria and procedures set
forth in this policy document. Candidates considered eligible for FUHM award
will be members of the Society in good standing that have devoted significant
time and effort to the practice or advancement of Undersea and Hyperbaric
Medicine (UHM), achieved a high level of expertise in their field, and
demonstrate professional and ethical standards consistent with the aims and
expectations of the UHMS.
As such, FUHM recognition is an
honor awarded to an individual: it is not a right or a qualification, but an
acknowledgement of achievement and high standards of expertise, practice and
contribution to the field of UHM. Once
awarded, FUHM status is not automatically retained, but is contingent upon the
continued good standing of the individual and membership in the UHMS. Consequently, the BOD may rescind FUHM
recognition in accordance with the procedures listed herewith.
Ordinarily, individuals are
nominated for FUHM recognition by current FUHM awardees, BOD members, or the
FUHM Committee (FC). Nominees interested
in pursuing formal FUHM recognition must then submit an application requesting
consideration for FUHM award. In so
doing, the FUHM nominee voluntarily invites a comprehensive evaluation of their
practice by their UHM peers.
Although FUHM recognition is not an academic qualification
or specialty certification, FUHM designees may utilize their award to
demonstrate advanced achievement and expertise in Hyperbaric and/or Diving
Medicine through, for instance, display of their FUHM award certificate, use of
appropriate post-nominals, and inclusion of information regarding their award
in CV’s, résumés and analogous documents.
FUHM Award Process
The FUHM award process is
initiated once an individual is nominated by a current FUHM Member, a Fellow
Committee Member (FC) or a Board of Directors Member (BOD). Nominees
subsequently wishing to pursue formal recognition as a FUHM must submit formal
application to the FC requesting consideration as a FUHM candidate. In order to be eligible for consideration in
any given year, the candidate’s application must be satisfactorily lodged by
the 1st of January of the year preceding requested award. All requirements must be met and the
completed application (whether a new application or one constituting an update
to an existing application previously deferred) must be on file with the UHMS
by this date. Applicants complying with
the terms of this deadline will be considered for FUHM award at the Annual
Scientific Meeting that next follows a given submission deadline.
The FC, appointed by the
President of the UHMS, will initially consider FUHM applications to determine
whether the requirements for FUHM recognition have been satisfied. Until FUHM
application requirements are fully met, the FC may defer an individual’s
application or request provision of additional supportive documents at its
discretion. Subsequently, the FC will prepare a brief and make recommendations
regarding each applicant for consideration by the BOD.
The BOD makes the final decision
regarding the applicant’s eligibility for award of FUHM recognition.
The BOD may, at any time, modify
any portion of these requirements for awarding FUHM recognition.
All FUHM nominations, application documents, and other
information related to applications will be treated as confidential. Except as
required by law, the UHMS and its employees and officers will not disclose any
of this information to anyone other than the applicant and, as required, those
individuals directly involved in the evaluation of the FUHM application.