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Awards of Excellence

Each year ExCEL in Social Work recognizes a participant or team from the past year’s courses. In order to win an award the individual or team must demonstrate outstanding goal achievement. This process is competitive and achieved through a self-nomination form and subsequent faculty rating. The awards are presented at the AOSW and APOSW Annual Conferences (during the Award Ceremonies) and include a slide presentation, plaque(s), media coverage and $1,500. The ExCEL honorees are below with brief articles discussing their ExCEL projects. The next self-nomination period will be open to cohort 3 - 2013 participants in January 2014. Please email ExCEL@coh.org with any further questions.
 
Award Winner Christina Bach : Cohort 1 - 2011
 
 
 

Awards of Excellence

Awards of Excellence

Each year ExCEL in Social Work recognizes a participant or team from the past year’s courses. In order to win an award the individual or team must demonstrate outstanding goal achievement. This process is competitive and achieved through a self-nomination form and subsequent faculty rating. The awards are presented at the AOSW and APOSW Annual Conferences (during the Award Ceremonies) and include a slide presentation, plaque(s), media coverage and $1,500. The ExCEL honorees are below with brief articles discussing their ExCEL projects. The next self-nomination period will be open to cohort 3 - 2013 participants in January 2014. Please email ExCEL@coh.org with any further questions.
 
Award Winner Christina Bach : Cohort 1 - 2011
 
 
 
Excel Courses 2014
Do you care for people impacted by cancer? Approximately 1 in 3 people in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetime. We invite you to join our community of dedicated social workers committed to improving the delivery of  psychosocial care by attending a course in 2014! This is the last year courses will be offered. Application Deadline: February 10, 2014. 
 
April 21 to 22, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA: Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
or
May 26 to 27, 2014 - Baltimore, MD: The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
 
Please share this flyer with your social work colleagues!
2014 ExCEL Application
We are delighted that you are interested in joining our growing ExCEL community of social workers who are committed to improving the delivery of psychosocial-spiritual care.
 
 
 
 
 
Current NRE Programs for Health Professionals

City of Hope has a long-standing commitment to Continuing Medical Education (CME), sharing advances in cancer research and treatment with the health-care community through CME courses such as conferences, symposia and other on and off campus CME opportunities for medical professionals.
City of Hope is one of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, the highest designation awarded by the National Cancer Institute to institutions that lead the way in cancer research, treatment, prevention and professional education.


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