IAHCSMM Fellowship Program

IAHCSMM's Fellowship Program was developed to give recognition to the competence of its members, and to provide them with a measure of achievement that will be meaningful even to those outside the organization.

Fellowship status is one of the highest honors professional organizations can bestow upon their members. As such, IAHCSMM Fellowship is an honorable distinction that must be earned through hard work, a commitment to professional advancement, and a desire to raise the bar as both an IAHCSMM member and as a contributor to the Sterile Processing field.

Fellowship Overview

Fellow Central Service (FCS) Designation

The IAHCSMM Fellowship program allows members to achieve Fellowship status by demonstrating knowledge, commitment and professional advancement in the Sterile Processing (SP) profession. Fellowship is awarded upon completion of a research paper on a topic pertinent to the SP profession. Those who earn Fellowship status will receive the highly-regarded "Fellow Central Service" (FCS) designation after their name.

Upon award of Fellowship, all papers and submitted materials become the property of IAHCSMM and will not be returned. Papers may not be changed or altered in any way without the express written permission of IAHCSMM.

How to Attain Fellowship

There are three main requirements to attain fellowship with IAHCSMM:

  1. Must be an Active Member in good standing for at least five years and hold the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) designation;
  2. Must have responsibility for the direction of a Sterile Processing (SP) department of a healthcare facility or have an interest by virtue of practice; and
  3. Must submit a detailed, well-researched, referenced and well-written paper on a topic pertinent to the SP profession, such as processes and/or practices that led to targeted, quantifiable improvements within the department or facility, a Curriculum Vitae and two professional letters of recommendation.

The Curriculum Vitae should include:

  • Education, including degrees and certifications;
  • Employment experience as it relates to the SP field;
  • Membership affiliations (years of membership, committees services, membership activities, etc.); and
  • Professional development, including industry presentations, articles written, awards received and other activities that promote the SP profession.

How to Maintain Fellowship Status

Fellowship renewal will be required at five-year intervals.

You must meet the following criteria to maintain your FCS status with IAHCSMM:

  1. Hold CRCST status with IAHCSMM for full five year Fellowship renewal period;
  2. Payment of membership dues must be current; and
  3. Sixty (60) continuing education credits must be accumulated over a five-year period and at least thirty (30) continuing education credits must be from programs and seminars sponsored by IAHCSMM. The remaining thirty (30) continuing education credits may be obtained from other program sources (i.e., local chapter, area or state sponsored programs or other quality educational programs). These credits are not in addition to credits used to maintain CRCST status, and can be used for maintenance of both CRCST and FCS.

Failure to meet the preceding criteria for updating of Fellowship will cause a member to lose their Fellowship status. If Fellowship is not fulfilled, the entire program must be reinstated. For more information, email IAHCSMM.

Content and Submission Guidelines

All research papers submitted by Fellowship applicants must be relevant and meaningful for those in the SP profession, and offer a fresh, original (never before previously published by any other publication or organization), and detailed perspective on research-based topics pertinent to the SP profession (e.g., Targeted processes or practices that were implemented by the department/facility, which led to clear and quantifiable improvements in the SP department and/or related areas.)

Please note that first-person accounts/narratives and general summaries or reports on SP-related practices or processes will not be considered.

Some examples of previously-accepted Fellowship papers include:

  • Reducing Immediate Use Steam Sterilization: SPD's Role;
  • Boiling: The Answer to High-Level Disinfection of Surgical Instruments in a Third World Country; and
  • Managing the Steam Sterilization Process.

Research papers should be extensively researched and, generally, at least ten pages in length. Papers should be written in a professional manner, much like a journal article or college thesis, and include references to support statements, data and other content. Careful attention must also be paid to proper writing style, formatting, punctuation and grammar. Submissions failing to meet any of these criteria will not be considered. All documents will be evaluated by the IAHCSMM Fellowship Committee.

Review Guidelines

Steps of Submission

Step 1: Submit the following to IAHCSMM headquarters:

  • Fellowship application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Two letters of Recommendation; and 
  • Research paper topic and detailed outline.

Step 2: The Fellowship Committee will review the application and research paper outline. The candidate will be contacted regarding the next steps in the Fellowship process.

Step 3: Submit final research paper and cover letter to the Fellowship Committee.*

Step 4: Final research paper will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee.

Step 5: The applicant will sit for an interview with the Fellowship Committee during the IAHCSMM Annual Conference to demonstrate knowledge of the information presented in the research paper.

Step 6: The Fellowship Committee will meet to determine whether or not to grant Fellowship.

Step 7: If Fellowship is granted, the recipient will be recognized at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference.*

*Applications and research papers must be submitted to IAHCSMM by Dec. 31 of each year to be considered for acceptance at the next IAHCSMM Annual Conference. Research papers that are submitted by Dec. 31 but require additional editing/rewrites, as directed by the Fellowship Committee, will need to be finalized/approved by the Fellowship Committee by March 1 to be considered for acceptance at the next IAHCSMM Annual Conference.

Application for Fellowship

To submit an application, you may either download the pdfPDF Application Form and return by mail or fax to:

Attn: Fellowship
55 West Wacker Drive, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312.440.9474

You may also complete the online form below and an IAHCSMM representative will follow-up with you shortly.

SECTION ONE: Applicant Information

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SECTION TWO - Proposed Topic
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SECTION THREE - Submission Criteria
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Current IAHCSMM Fellows

**This listing of IAHCSMM Fellows is current as of the conclusion of the 2016 Annual Conference and Expo.