The Fellowship program is a program of earned recognition for AHIMA members who made significant and sustained contributions to the profession. Individuals who earn fellowship may use the designation Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA), and their names will be maintained in the AHIMA Registry of Fellows.
The purpose of the Fellowship program is to:
The Fellowship program has two designations: Fellowship and Candidacy for Fellowship.
View the list of AHIMA Fellows
Fellowship is open to any individual who is an Active, Premier, Honorary, Emeritus, or Global/Outside US (oUS) member of AHIMA, and who meets the following eligibility requirements:
Once conferred, the fellow status is a lifetime recognition, subject to continuing AHIMA membership and compliance with the AHIMA Code of Ethics.
Candidacy serves as a preparatory period for those individuals whose portfolio does not meet the criteria for fellowship but who want an opportunity to formalize lifelong learning and development plans. Admission to candidacy does not automatically result in the conferment of fellowship.
Candidacy is open to any individual who is an Active, Premier, Honorary, Emeritus, or Global/Outside US (oUS) member of AHIMA, and who meets the following eligibility requirements:
The normal candidacy period is one to five years, depending upon individual background. A candidate can apply for fellowship status at any time. An individual may remain in candidacy status with one renewal period to extend candidacy to a total of five years.
The AHIMA Fellowship Committee meets quarterly. All applications must be submitted online (letters of recommendation may be uploaded into the online application in Word or PDF format). Applications will be reviewed and notifications sent within four weeks of the submission deadline.
Below are the steps for completing the Fellowship application:
Fellowship Eligibility Tracking Tool
This is a tracking tool to assist you in determining your eligibility for candidacy or Fellowship status. Please use this document to begin gathering and tracking your application information prior to your final application submission.
Once you are ready to input your final information into the Fellowship application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a unique application link.
Please remember to retain a copy of all information for your application and all other materials for your records. Your application will not be returned to you following review by the Committee.
Submit your application and then you will be directed to the AHIMA web store for payment.
There is a one time application fee of $250 for either candidacy or fellowship status. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Applicants who achieve candidacy status, or who are not initially accepted to fellowship status, have up to five years to resubmit their application and to achieve fellowship status. One resubmission during that five year period will be accepted. If Fellowship status has not been achieved following resubmission or five years (whichever occurs first), an additional application fee must be paid for further resubmissions
(Application fees are nonrefundable.)
Procedures for Determining Years of Work for the Fellowship Application
AHIMA is pleased to announce that the 2019 Grace Award is being awarded to Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) - Eastern Wisconsin Division. The eastern Wisconsin division of HSHS includes St. Clare Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, St. Nicholas Hospital, and St. Vincent Hospital.
AHIMA founder, Grace Whiting Myers, left a legacy of high standards, determination, and teamwork for our profession and for the entire healthcare community. The Grace Award recognizes an outstanding organization’s journey toward new and innovative HIM practices that deliver better patient outcomes.
The 2019 winner will be honored onstage at the AHIMA19 Health Data and Information Conference, September 14-18 in Chicago, IL.
AHIMA also recognizes Hennepin Healthcare with an honorable mention.
Past Grace Award Honorees
Award Categories: Descriptions, Qualifications, and Guidelines
Previous Triumph Award recipients
The 2019 process is now closed.
Application for the 2020 AHIMA Triumph Award
Applications for 2020 nominations are due by June 1, 2020.
2019 AHIMA Triumph Award Brochure
Distinguished Member Award:
Cassi L. Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA
Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA)
Marquetta M. Massey, MBA, RHIA
Emerging Leader Award:
Kenneth H. Lugo Morales, MS, RHIA
Patricia S. Coffey, RHIA, CPHIMS, CPHI
Chrisann K. Lemery, MSE, RHIA, CHPS, FAHIMA
Tressa A. Lyon, RHIT
Rising Star Award:
Laura A. Shue, MPA, CHDA, CPHIMS
Potential sources for nominees include the following: State Leaders, Fellows, and other HIM professionals who have distinguished themselves as leaders.
All nominations must be submitted using the 2020 AHIMA Triumph Awards application, completed in its entirety. Nominations must follow the nomination guidelines and must include the supporting materials listed below. Nominations for the 2020 Triumph Award nominations are due by June 1, 2020.
Individuals who have previously won a particular award are not eligible to win that award again, even if it has been reformatted. They may, however, be nominated for a different award. The Nominator is responsible for assuring that all required documentation is collected for the nominee. Incomplete submissions may adversely impact the committee's ability to adequately and fully evaluate a nominee.
The AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee will review all nominations for determination of award issuance. If none of the nominees for a particular award reflect the level of achievement expected of an award recipient, the committee reserves the right to recommend that the award not be presented.
Members of the AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee, the AHIMA Board of Directors, and AHIMA staff are not eligible for awards during their term of service, even if the service for which they would be nominated occurred prior to their term of service or employment.
All nomination materials become the property of AHIMA. Materials cannot be returned.
AHIMA strives to reflect in its membership and leadership the diversity within the United States, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, special needs and other diverse populations. AHIMA encourages the celebration of promotion of diversity through education mentoring, recognition, leadership and other programs.
Nominations for the 2020 AHIMA Triumph Awards are due by June 1, 2020, for recognition in 11 award categories (See Award Categories: Descriptions, Qualifications, and Guidelines). Nominees must be AHIMA members or corporate sponsors (see nomination guidelines for rules and exceptions) Nominations are only acceptable via the online application. No exceptions.
Application for AHIMA Triumph Award
AHIMA Triumph Award recipients will be notified on or before August 2019; and presented with the awards at the 2019 AHIMA Health Data and Information Conference in Chicago, IL. While not mandatory, all recipients are encouraged to be present or to designate an individual to accept the award on their behalf. Award recipients will be featured in the Journal of AHIMA and on the AHIMA website in the AHIMA Triumph Awards section. In addition, AHIMA will provide all awardees with a press release for distribution to recipient’s local media outlets.
2019 AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee Members
We wish to thank the 2019 AHIMA Triumph Awards Committee for their dedication and hard work.
Renae L. Spohn, MBA, RHIA, CPHQ, CPHI, FNAHQ, FAHIMA
Marie T. Conde, MPA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA
Theresa A. Eichelmann, MBA, RHIA
Diana M. Flood, MS, RHIA
Marques Edgar Grant, RHIA
Varadraj Prabhu Gurupur, PhD, MS, RHIA
Megan A. McDougal, MS, RHIA, CHTS-IM
Grissel Pabon, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P
Isabel Quintana, MA, RHIA, CCA
To find out more about the AHIMA Triumph Awards, please visit our Web site. Nominations for 2020 awards are due by June 1, 2020.