WSU School of Medicine a finalist for AAMC's Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service
Medical student assistance to the community from groups like Street Medicine, the Robert Frank Student Run Free Clinic and Open Source Medicine has led the AAMC to name the WSU School of Medicine as a finalist for the 2014 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service.
The prestigious award recognizes community service as an important element of the academic mission, and singles out institutions that serve as examples of social responsiveness for academic medical communities. Medical schools and hospitals that receive the award have a broad-based, continuing commitment to community service in a variety of programs and initiatives reactive to community and social needs.
The honor is presented annually to a single hospital or other AAMC member organization with a long-standing, major institutional commitment to addressing community needs through exceptional programs that go well beyond the traditional service role of academic medicine, reaching communities whose needs are not being met by the health system.
“I want to stress that selection as a finalist in itself is high recognition of our school and your efforts,” said Dean Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., who announced the school’s selection as a finalist July 2. “This would not be possible without the effort of so many people, from our students who have formed organizations that conduct so much valuable work to improve the health of our communities, to our researchers involved in work that addresses the health needs of our populations.”
Previous award winners include the University of Miami School of Medicine, Wright State University School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, University of California Davis Health System, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dean Parisi noted that while the school of medicine’s award application detailed a number of programs to assist the community, “the lion’s share” of the submission consisted of programs developed and managed by medical students.
“Our students, despite the rigors demanded of them by a medical education, continue to demonstrate their concern for the larger community and work ceaselessly to discover new ways to provide care and assistance,” she said. “I am proud of all of you and the spirit and enthusiasm you bring to our school of medicine.”
A committee of AAMC officials will conduct a daylong site visit at the school of medicine July 24. The Spencer Foreman Award winner will be announced during the association’s Nov. 8 annual meeting in Chicago.