What are the Benefits of Fellowship?
Founded in 1787, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is the oldest medical institution of its kind in the United States. The College’s By-Laws were, in fact, used in part by the American Medical Association for its own By-Laws at its inception.
The tangible benefits of Fellowship are many, as you will note below, however the most important benefits of Fellowship are not included in that list since no monetary value can be placed on them. They are: the feeling of self-satisfaction in belonging to an organization that since its beginnings has worked for improving medical education, scientific medicine, and the public’s health; the feeling as you enter the portals and walk the halls of this magnificent building – your building – and knowing they were once, and still are, home to some of Philadelphia’s and the nation’s finest and brightest physicians; it is knowing that by joining and supporting the College, you will be ensuring its initiatives for the good of society, and your successors, for years to come. None of these are tangible benefits, yet they are the benefits that motivate individuals to strive to become Fellows of this venerable institution.
- Certificate of Fellowship
- Participation in formal Induction ceremony
- Voting privileges
- Participation on College committees
- Free admission to Gallery and Mütter Museum exhibits
- Discounted parking at the 21st and Ludlow Street parking lot behind the College
- Discount (20%) on College store merchandise
- Discount (20%) on facilities rentals
- Invitations to College Programs (Lectures, College Night ceremonies, Annual Meeting, etc.)
- Library Services including:
- 100 pages of photocopy free (from our collections each fiscal year - July through June)
- two interlibrary loan requests
- borrowing privileges from College library for titles published after 1920
- access to Historical Collections by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
What are the Qualifications for Fellowship?
The qualifications of Fellowship shall be at least one of the following:
- One who has obtained a doctoral degree in medicine or in a discipline relating to medicine at least 5 years prior to election.
- One who does not have a doctoral degree in medicine or a discipline relating to medicine, but is engaged in work that contributes to the advancement or understanding of medicine.
- One who is well qualified to help serve the interests of the College.
- One approved by the Committee on Nominations as a candidate for election to the Board.
- A physician, scientist, or scholar of eminence who has made a significant contribution to medicine or to the understanding of medicine may be elected an Honorary Fellow on recommendation of the Committee on Awards.
- An individual who has presented the Secretary with a valid petition may be entitled, temporarily or permanently, to status as an Inactive Fellow with the concurrence of the President.
- In addition to the minimal qualifications described in this Article, the Board may prescribe additional qualifications by resolution.
- Candidates for Fellowship are proposed by two current Fellows of the College (nominator and secondary sponsor).
- Letters to support each nomination must be written by both the nominator and the secondary sponsor.
- Candidates must submit a completed "Proposition for Fellowship" form and current curriculum vitae.
- All materials must be sent to the attention of the Chair, Committee on Admissions, at the College's address. Nominators assume the responsibility of making sure that all materials are complete.
- Names of candidates are posted at the College and emailed Fellows (who have provided email addresses) two weeks prior to each Committee on Admissions meeting.
- Candidates' credentials are evaluated by the Committee on Admissions. Upon approval, they are sent to the Executive Committee for review. Upon favorable review by the Executive Committee, the candidates are recommended to the Board for election to Fellowship.
- Newly elected Fellows and their sponsors receive written notification of election results.
Nomination begins with sponsorship by two current Fellows. Applicants are ask to complete an application form with curriculum vitae and a brief bio.
Please download the form below and return to:
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3097.