Fellows of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society
The purpose of Fellow status is to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial-oncology. This is an honor, but one that is fairly accessible for the multidisciplinary membership of APOS, with a reasonably transparent selection process. View current Fellows and the history of the APOS Fellows program.
A Fellow must
Be a member of APOS, with at least three years of standing membership.
Have served on an APOS committee.
Have made a significant contribution to the field of psychosocial-oncology (defined below).
Significant contribution to the field of psychosocial oncology refers to the following activities (at least three must be achieved by the Fellow):
Publication in a journal or book,
Presentation at a professional conference,
Leadership in a professional society,
Noteworthy volume of patients treated over time,
Receipt of an award for professional contributions,
Professional board certification,
Teacher of a course specifically related to psychosocial oncology, and/or
Active in an APOS special interest group (SIG) (e.g., chair, symposium planner or presenter).
For the initial two years (2013 and 2014), candidates for Fellow status shall be nominated annually by the APOS Fellow Selection Committee. Beginning with applications received in 2014 for the 2015 class of Fellows, candidates may be nominated by current APOS Fellows or Board members. Self-nominations are also welcome.
Nominated candidates who wish to be considered for Fellow status must apply by submitting the following:
Personal statement documenting how they meet the requirements for Fellow status and how they have made significant contribution to the field of psychosocial oncology
Two letters of recommendation from APOS members, with at least one from a current APOS Fellow
Processing fee of $100
Fellows shall be selected in the following manner:
A call for nominations/applications shall be made in June with a deadline of 31 August.
Applications shall be reviewed by the Awards Committee to ensure that candidates meet the requirements.
The Awards Committee shall recommend to the APOS Board candidates to be chosen for Fellow status.
The APOS Board shall select by majority vote candidates to be named Fellows. There shall be no limit to the number of Fellows chosen per year.
Fellow Recognition and Responsibilities
Fellows will be honored in this manner:
New Fellows will be announced at the Award Ceremony at the APOS Annual Conference and will receive a certificate noting this recognition.
New Fellows will be listed in the journal Psycho-Oncology.
All Fellows will be listed on the APOS website.
All Fellows will have a ribbon designating this status on their name badge for the Annual Conference.
All Fellows will be invited to use the designation FAPOS with their professional credentials.
Fellows are encouraged to support APOS by one or more of the following activities:
Mentoring junior members of APOS,
Participating in a Fellows’ symposium at the Annual Conference, and/or
Serving on the APOS Board or chairing a SIG.
This process was modified in April 2014 and may be reviewed as needed by the APOS Board.
At the 2012 APOS 9th Annual Conference, the APOS Board of Directors decided to explore establishing a Fellow status for the organization. A task force was formed in April 2012, and that task force presented a proposal to the Board in August recommending creation of this honorary status, as well as suggesting eligibility criteria and selection procedures.
At the 2013 APOS 10th Annual Conference, the APOS Board presented the first class of APOS fellows, individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions to the science and practice of psychosocial oncology. In honor of the 10th anniversary of the organization, 10 fellows were inducted.