Policy Pioneer Award


The Policy Pioneer Award recognizes early and mid-career members who have made outstanding contributions to the College’s health policy and advocacy initiatives.

2024 Recipient

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Michelle P. Lin, MD, FACEP


The Policy Pioneer Award is a plaque featuring the recipient’s name and the ACEP logo. The recipient’s name is inscribed on a master plaque at ACEP Headquarters.


Any member of the College may nominate a member for this award. The nominee must be a regular member of the College within the first 10 years of practice following residency or fellowship.

The nominee should have made an outstanding contribution early in their career to medical health policy or administration by: significantly helping to advance a health policy agenda supportive to medicine and medical care; or development or unceasing support of legislation and/or regulations that enhance access to emergency medicine in particular and healthcare in general; or exemplary performance as a physician administrator in medicine and health care; or making outstanding contributions to organized medicine. Previous recipients of the Colin C. Rorrie Jr., PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy are not eligible to receive this award.

Past Recipients

  • 2018  Anne Zink, MD, FACEP
  • 2019  Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • 2020  Amy M. Cho, MD
  • 2021  Jordan GR Celeste, MD, FACEP
  • 2022  Zachary J. Jarou, MD, MBA 
  • 2023  Cameron J. Gettel, MD
  • 2024  Michelle P. Lin, MD, FACEP

Entry Procedures

Any member of the College may nominate a member by submitting a completed nomination form. Submit the nomination form, nominee's curriculum vitae, and up to 3 letters of support through the online nomination form located on the ACEP website. Letters of support are greatly encouraged and are at the discretion of the nominator. Additionally, a nominee should have only one nomination whether from an individual or a component body. All entries must be submitted no later than March 12, 2024, for consideration by the Awards Committee. Receipt of each nomination will be confirmed by e-mail. Please follow up if you do not receive a confirmation. 


The Awards Committee will judge the entries, with its recommendations subject to review by the ACEP Board of Directors. The decision of the Board is final, and the Board reserves the right to make no award if there are no nominees of sufficient merit. 

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