Wednesday, November 16, 2016

AAMC Honors College of Human Medicine For Service Efforts Across Michigan

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (CHM) received the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service. The award was presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) on Nov. 13th in Seattle at their annual Learn Serve Lead meeting.

The AAMC honored the community-based medical school for outstanding contributions to medicine and community service. In particular, the AAMC acknowledged CHM's efforts to improve health in Flint as well as in rural communities across the state.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha—pediatrician and assistant professor—exposed lead poisoning in Flint
College of Human Medicine staff played an integral part in exposing toxic levels of lead in Flint’s water supply. Subsequent measures by CHM to aid local communities have also been carried out in maintaining the college’s public health–focused initiatives. Partnering with the Flint community also led way to the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a collaboration with Hurley Children's Hospital.

Flint is also home to the Late Clinical Experience for students selected to the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved Program.

In addition to the college's efforts in Flint over the last year, the school was also acknowledged for reinforcing collaboration in rural areas by way of the Rural Physician Program and the Rural Community Health Program. The initiatives aim to relieve rural physician shortages and provide enriched clinical experiences with community service opportunities unique to rural settings.

Students from the Leadership in Rural Medicine Program
The college has many diverse partnerships and has worked within communities throughout Michigan for decades, since its founding in 1964 as a national pioneer in community-based medical training.

To learn more, please see the official announcement

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