2012 Award of Excellence Winner:
Randall Paul Merrill, BS, RT(T), CMD
Randall Paul Merrill, BS, RT(T), CMD)
Look into the inner workings of AAMD and you will inevitably find Randy Merrill, this year's Award of Excellence recipient. As a long-time member and active volunteer, Randy has continually demonstrated his dedication and loyalty to AAMD and the medical dosimetry profession.
Randy's dosimetry journey started in 1982 when he earnedan A.S. in Radiation Therapy Technology from the University of Vermont. As an ARRT certified radiation therapist Randy gained radiation therapy experience in both New Hampshire and Florida. In 1985, he accepted an on-the-job dosimetry training position at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Ocala, FL. It was here that his loyalty and dedication became apparent during his 19 years of working as a staff dosimetrist and senior medical dosimetrist. Randy furthered his education by graduating Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Health Professions Management from Saint Leo University in 1995 and earning his MDCB certification in 1996.
In 2004, Randy embarked on a new adventure working as a locum tenens medical dosimetrist, which helped him learn to work with various styles and conditions while meeting many wonderful people. This experience led to his current role as a clinical application specialist with Varian Medical Systems, where he provides both onsite and remote training to Varian customers. Looking toward the future Randy says his professional goals are to: "Stay as an active member of my profession through the AAMD. Continue serving as the Chairman of the AAMD Education and Research Foundation. Write an article for the Medical Dosimetry journal. Fulfill the requirements to become an AAMD Fellow and obtain a master's degree."
With Randy's enthusiasm and hard work on numerous AAMD committees, he was an ideal candidate for the AAMD Board of Directors, on which he served for 10 years. In 2003-2004, he served as President and then as Treasurer from 2004-2011.
In keeping with his passion for lifelong learning, Randy now serves as the Chairman of the AAMD Education and Research Foundation, which provides scholarships for students entering a formal medical dosimetry program and assistance for medical dosimetry professionals wanting to further their education. Randy's advice for entry level dosimetrists? "Further your education. Become a CMD. Get involved in AAMD and make as many contacts as you can in the medical dosimetry arena. Keep current with technology."
When asked how AAMD has influenced him, Randy said: "One of the most fulfilling milestones was my decision to become an active member in AAMD. Being involved has given me the opportunity to meet and work with many talented individuals, as well as broaden my horizons within my profession. I was fortunate to sit on the Board and hold positions as Membership Secretary, President and Treasurer. I saw a great deal of change take place within the society during that time. AAMD was facing many challenges when I first came on the Board, so I gained insight into the workings of the organization, its goals and its importance to the medical dosimetry profession. I watched AAMD grow from a totally volunteer organization to a society with paid staff and our own office. I believe AAMD is a strong organization with a firm foundation and I look forward to remaining a member for many years."
The AAMD has greatly benefited from the dedicated service that Randy has provided. His willingness to volunteer is extraordinary and his enthusiasm is inspirational. We recognize the numerous contributions that he has made and the indelible mark he has left on AAMD. The Award of Excellence was established to recognize just such contributions. Congratulations, Randy!
Varian has long been, and continues to be, a supporter of the AAMD. In 2007 Varian informed the AAMD of a change in their corporate policy. They were no longer making individual monetary awards which did not have a direct educational association. This change in underwriting the honorarium compelled the AAMD Board to change the name of the award to the AAMD Award of Excellence as well as fully fund the standing honorarium.
Historical List of Award Winners
|Varian Award of Excellence|
|2002||Carol Ann Schneider|
|AAMD Award of Excellence|
|2011||Rudi J. Bertrand|
|2012||Randall Paul Merrill|
AAMD Award of Excellence (Process)
The AAMD Award of Excellence and its predecessor, the "Varian/AAMD Award of Excellence", were established to recognize individuals and their significant accomplishments in the field of Medical Dosimetry. One winner each year will be selected from a field of nominees for this award. The award will be presented to the selected individual at the AAMD Annual Meeting. The award is for $2500 and a crystal trophy.
Nominations for this award are to be submitted no later than November 1st for the coming Annual Meeting. Nominations can be made by any member of the AAMD. Nominations are sent to the Selection Committee Chairperson via a written nomination received by email or letter. Nominated individuals will be asked to submit a CV by December 1st of that year. The addresses to submit a nomination are posted on the AAMD website and published in the AAMD Journal. A nominee will remain a candidate for the award for the next 2 years. The nominations will then be forwarded to the Selection Committee for review. The Selection Committee members will communicate their individual selections to the Awards Chairperson for counting by January 15th to select a winner. The Award Chairperson will then notify the award winner which will be followed by a letter from the AAMD President. Nominated individuals who are not selected to receive the award will be notified by the Committee Chairperson by January 30th.
The Selection Committee is comprised of all former award winners as well as a MDCB liaison to the AAMD, an AAPM liaison to the AAMD, and a JRCERT representative to the AAMD. Previous award recipients can nominate a candidate but will be disqualified from the Selection Committee that year.
Criteria for Recognition:
AAMD member in good standing for at least the last 10 years. The candidate must be living at the cutoff date for curriculum vitae submission (December 1st) for a nomination to proceed for an award presentation at the next Annual Meeting.
Significant contribution to the field of Medical Dosimetry as demonstrated by any/all of the following:
- AAMD Committee Service
- AAMD Board of Director position
- Publication of articles pertaining to the field
- Legislative efforts on behalf of the profession
- Lectures at local/regional/national meetings
- Research activities within the profession
- Outstanding years of clinical service — 10 years or more
- An educator in a recognized Dosimetry Program
- Significant professional accomplishments in the Radiation Oncology field
Post Selection Process:
Once the recipient is selected, the Award Chairperson will write an announcement for the AAMD Journal. The Award Committee Chairperson and the award recipient will verify this announcement for accuracy. The announcement is due to the publisher by April 10th for publication in the summer issue of the AAMD Journal. In addition, notification will be sent to the Awards Committee (for crystal order and engraving), to the Annual Meeting Chairpersons, and the AAMD President/Treasurer to disperse the award monies.
The AAMD Award of Excellence will be presented during the membership luncheon at the AAMD Annual Meeting. The recipient will provide the Award Chairperson/AAMD President with biographical information that will be used during the award presentation. If the recipient is unable to attend, their designated representative will accept the award.
To submit AAMD Award of Excellence nominations or if you have questions or comments, please contact: