The award recognizes exceptional members of the Conclave of Fellows who have shown exemplary contributions to ACOFP governance and committees, as well as consistent attendance at state and national ACOFP meetings. The award is conferred on founder and active members after review and approval by the Executive Council of the Conclave of Fellows and by a majority vote of the ACOFP Board of Governors.
The criteria for the Distinguished Fellow Award includes contributions in four of the following five requirements since their Fellow induction year: academic service, Fellows sponsorship, financial support of ACOFP, national ACOFP committee service and state or local service. In addition, each candidate must have attended a minimum of at least 20 ACOFP or ACOFP/AOA national conventions since the Fellow’s induction year.
Since 1994 when he moved to Chariton with his family, Cohen has served as a Trustee, Officer, and ultimately, President of the Iowa Chapter of the ACOFP and the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association. He also represents Iowa as a Delegate to the American College of Osteopathic Medicine House of Delegates and the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. He currently serves as a Governor on the Board of ACOFP and is the Chair of the Education Department.