History of the National Honor Society
History of Fellowship
The National Honor Society Fellowship was established in 2007 to honor members who made special contributions to medicine. Requirements for "Fellow" status include active membership status for three continuous years; graduated from an accredited medical program and additional service to the profession.
The first fellows of the Society were elected in 2007. From 2007 until 2014, members were eligible for election to "Fellow" status if they had been an active, life, honorary or international member of the National Honor Society for three continuous years immediately prior to election and were licensed and had graduated from an accedited medical program.
In 2015, the Executive Council adopted more stringent requirements and 2018 fellows were elected based on the requirements previously mentioned, plus the additional criteria adopted by the 2015 Council. A decision was made by the 2015 Council to keep the additional criteria for fellow status in the Bylaws, but delay further implementation of the requirements until 2030.
As a result, members elected to fellow status between 2007 and 2018 were elected based on the College`s initial fellow requirements of three continuous years of active membership and medical licensure and acceditation. In 2015 the Council modified the Bylaws to include board certification.
Additionally, the Council modified the Bylaws to indicate that that fellows or former fellows who have demonstrated by application that they meet the criteria for fellow status will retain their fellow status as long as they remain current members of the Honor Society.
In addition, current fellows who develop a disability precluding recertification in medical may retain their title of Fellow by providing evidence of that disability to the Society.
At the 2018 Council Meeting, the requirements for fellow status were changed to allow an alternative pathway for Honor Society members who did not have board certification in medicine. The change was made to recognize those doctors who have made significant contributions to medical through their service and dedication.