FAQ - Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award
What is the Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award?
Donald A. Pegg, was a New York City businessman who in 1986 suffered a heart attack and a stroke at the age of 52. In response to this health set back, he went on a mission of finding ways to prevent it from happening again. He participated in residential intensive lifestyle change programs where he added fruits, vegetables, more whole grains, healthy proteins and structured physical activity in the form of stationary bike rides five days a week. The combination of this lifestyle change and Donald’s medical care allowed him to live another 27 meaningful years with his family and friends. Donald served as an inspiration to many, especially his daughter, Elizabeth Pegg Frates, who has spent the past 30 years researching, studying, teaching, and practicing lifestyle medicine.
Why was the Award established?
Donald and his family believe in the power of lifestyle medicine to transform lives and help individuals be healthier and more productive. The award was established to encourage student leadership in lifestyle medicine for the advancement of this important field. The goal of the award is to empower students to establish an LMIG at their medical or other healthcare professional school.
What is the history of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Groups (LMIG)?
In 2009, Dr. Beth Pegg Frates established the first LMIG at Harvard with the mission of empowering the next generation of physicians to tackle lifestyle-related illness. Today, LMIGs provide students with opportunities in education, leadership, scholarship, mentoring, and networking. The establishment of an LMIG cultivates multi-institutional, student-initiated programming that supports healthy habits for medical students, residents, and attending physicians, as well as the local community. If a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG) already exists at the college or institution, the recipient will accept a leadership role to improve the existing LMIG.
A student leadership position in an LMIG exposes students to the latest advances and research in the field as well as career opportunities and professional advancement.
Who are the award recipients?
This year, the award will be given to ten student leaders who commit to advancing this important field through the establishment of an LMIG at their respective educational institutions. Each application is considered based on the following criteria: personal and professional commitment to Lifestyle Medicine; vision for the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group; commitment of the faculty advisor; previous experience in lifestyle medicine and relevant activities; previous leadership roles and community involvement; speaker list and quality of the topics selected; marketing plan to advertise and recruit members to the group.
NOTE: Residents and fellows are ineligible for this particular award. International, medical, nursing, graduate, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and other healthcare profession students are eligible to apply.
Click here to see the names of the previous award recipients.
What is awarded?
The award consists of $500 seed funding for the development or enhancement of a Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group, as well as funding to attend LM2020 from October 22nd-25th.
What are the required application components?
Click here for the Donald A. Pegg Student Leadership Award application form.
NOTE: Applicants are expected to be available to attend the ACLM annual conference , which, this year, will be held virtually from October 22nd--25th.
The $500 award is to be used as seed funding to establish or enhance a campus-based Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group. Complimentary conference registration will also be provided by ACLM.
Personal Statement - 1 page, single-spaced
Addressing the following questions:
- What is your interest in Lifestyle Medicine?
- What motivates you to start an LMIG?
- How will the award help you further your goals at your institution?
- What do you hope to accomplish in the first year after establishing your LMIG?
Letter of Faculty Support - 1 page letterhead, single-spaced, signed
- Explaining their interest in Lifestyle Medicine and support for the student and his/her initiative
List of Committed Speakers
- Demonstrating the topics and credentials of at least four Lifestyle Medicine practitioners, faculty or clinicians that have committed to give a talk to the LMIG over the course of the first year (include dates)
Funding Proposal - 1 page
- Providing a detailed outline of how the funding will be used to host events and expand the Interest Group over the next year
When is the application deadline for the award? Click here for the online application form.
August 15th, 2020, 11:59 pm PST. Extension of the deadline is not available, so please make sure to submit your entire application on or before the deadline.
When are awardees notified?
On or or before September 15th, 2020
If an applicant doesn’t win, can he/she reapply?
Yes, applicants who were not awarded in a particular year are able to reapply as long as they continue to be students. Each winning application is selected from the pool of applicants in a particular year so we encourage you to reapply.
NOTE: All runners up are considered for a registration grant (when available), which covers the cost of the conference registration for the annual ACLM conference.