Alliance Recognition and Awards

Francis M. Maitland Memorial Mentorship Lecture and Award

Each year at the Alliance Annual Conference, one Alliance member receives the Francis M. Maitland Memorial Mentorship Lecture and Award and shares their significant contributions to the field of CEhp, through the role of mentoring. Learn more about the nomination, application, and evaluative criteria and selection process.

View the list of previous awardees

All nominations must be submitted electronically using this online submission site no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 15, 2017

Annual Awards


The Alliance Awards recognizes exceptional CE professionals and leaders who are paving the way to improve patient care through education. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in all healthcare professions.

All award winners receive: 1) recognition at the Alliance Annual Conference at a special ceremony, 2) opportunity to present a poster on the project (competitive Awards), and 3) the opportunity to publish an article in the Almanac - Special Awards Issue and a certificate or engraved plaque acknowledging the recipient's outstanding achievement. Together, let's lift up those who are transforming continuing education!


Award Categories

Competitive Awards:

Excellence in Educational Design
Recognizes initiatives which demonstrate excellence in integrating these and other educational design principles into the design of interventions resulting in improvements in healthcare provider performance and in patient or population health.

William Campbell Felch Award for Research in CE
Recognizes the best research project in the CE arena.

Outstanding Innovation in CPD for the CE/CPD Professional and/or Enterprise
Recognize innovative activities and initiatives developed to benefit the CE/CPD professional and/or the profession.

Outstanding Educational Collaboration
Recognizes individuals and/or institutions for working jointly with others in an intellectual endeavor in the spirit of advancing the field of continuing education.

Outstanding CE Outcomes
Recognizes excellence in the design and implementation of outcomes assessment in CEhp.

Outstanding CE Enduring Material
Recognizes excellence in the design and implementation of a single enduring CE activity, or series of activities, that can demonstrate a positive change in practice associated with educational outcomes.

Outstanding CE Live Activity
Recognizes an organization for innovation and excellence in the design, educational format, and instructional delivery of a live CE activity or educational initiative.

Innovative Format
Recognizes outstanding innovation in the delivery format for a certified or non-certified continuing education activity that does not meet the definition of any of the other award category. 

Alliance Leadership
Recognize individuals who have demonstrated characteristics of leadership in the Alliance and the CE arena.

Recognition Awards:

Distinguished & Fellow Awards
Recognizing active participation in Alliance programs and events, these awards of distinction affirm Alliance members’ commitment to advancing the organization’s goals and objectives.

  • The Distinguished Member Award is given in recognition of active member involvement in and major service contribution to the Alliance. 
  • The Fellowship Award is given in recognition of outstanding and meritorious service, long-standing membership, and active participation with the Alliance.

Eligibility for these awards is based upon a numeric scale, where points are accumulated from a wide variety of member participation categories. A minimum of 30 points are required for the Distinguished Member Award, while 60 points are needed for the Fellow Award. Current Distinguished Members who seek the Fellow Award may apply 30 of their previously-qualified points toward eligibility for Alliance Fellow.

View the points calculator for more information.

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