Why was the Foundation formed?
The AAMD Education and Research Foundation (AAMDERF) was formed to be a bridge between those who care, and those who need, in the field of medical dosimetry.
The Board of Directors of the AAMD, recognized the need for an educational fundraising entity and proposed the formation of the AAMDERF during the Annual Membership Meeting on June 20, 2007.
On March 11, 2009 the IRS awarded the AAMD Education and Research Foundation the tax status of 501(c)(3) with the further classification of being a public charity. The Foundation became a new entity under the umbrella of the AAMD and is incorporated in Washington, DC.
When are scholarships awarded?
In general, scholarship applications open January 15th and close March 15th. Applicants will be notified of the awards in May.
How are trustees appointed to the board of the Foundation?
New members to the Board of Trustees are elected by the current Trustees. The AAMD Board of Directors may submit a slate of candidates for consideration, or recommendations may be made to the Foundation chair. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, please contact the chair of the Foundation and make your interest known.
Who can become a trustee on the Foundation's board?
Anyone interested in promoting the mission of the foundation can apply to become a trustee. The foundation bylaws state that the maximum number of trustees is twelve, and a majority of those individuals must be certified medical dosimetrists. There are also opportunities for members of other professions to serve as Advisory Board members and help promote the Foundation in specific areas.
How are officers of the Foundation determined?
The officers of the foundation board are elected by the trustees to serve two (2) year terms. Term limits are outlined in the foundation bylaws although officers can be elected to serve consecutive terms.
Will the foundation grow beyond the awarding of scholarships?
On October 21-22, 2006 the AAMD met with Steve Worth from Plexus Consulting Group to conduct a Foundation strategic planning event in Washington, DC. Attendees were: Paula Berner, Rudi J. Bertrand, Melanie Dempsey, Robin Famiglietti, Mary Hare, Sandi Huston, Theresa Kwiatkowski, Nishele Lenards, Randy Merril, Anjenette Milligan, Mark Reid, Mark Russell, Dr. Larry Sweeney and Brenda Wray.
During that process, several items of importance were identified. The Foundation started with scholarships to students in accredited programs, who will become practicing Medical Dosimetrists. The Board of Trustees plans to complete the other items identified from the original strategic planning process.
Currently the AAMD Education and Research Foundation has funds set aside to award a grant to assist an unaccredited dosimetry program in its process to become accredited. This grant has been made possible by a generous donation from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
The Foundation also plans to support professional development of current career professionals.
Why should I donate?
The AAMD Foundation provides scholarships to medical dosimetry students, supports formal medical dosimetry education programs, and funds medical dosimetry research programs. Your donation could help those aspiring students that could benefit from financial assistance or those professionals committed to promoting medical dosimetry best practices that improve patient care, safety and outcomes.
What are donations used for?
The American Association of Medical Dosimetrists Education & Research Foundation will enhance cancer care and quality of life for patients receiving radiation therapy by promoting the critical role of the Medical Dosimetrists in the cancer community through support and advancement of education and independent research for medical dosimetrists.
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes, with the tax status of a 501(c)(3), donations made to the Foundation may be deductible. 100% of the donation is deductible if no goods or services have been received for the donation made. A tax letter will be sent from the Foundation to the donor. For further details about the tax status of your donation please speak to a qualified financial advisor.
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