Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Programs, Accreditations, & Initiatives

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Programs, Accreditations, & Initiatives

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The Association of American Medical Colleges, in collaboration with Pfizer Inc. and the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, has established a new institutional grant program entitled "Caring for Community."

The program's purpose is to encourage the development of medical student-initiated services and programs to local communities. The association will manage the Community Service Fund, a philanthropy created to support the community service projects.

"Community service is a vital part of becoming a doctor," says the association's president, Dr. Jordan J. Cohen. "The increasing involvement of medical students in community service projects demonstrates that they and their institutions share in this belief. Caring for Community promises to help our students translate ideas into meaningful service."

As part of the program, medical schools can receive grant support for community-service oriented projects that are developed and operated by medical students. These programs are vehicles to explore new ways to serve local communities. Programs eligible for funding may range from those promoting awareness about sexually transmitted diseases to vaccination.

As an example of the types of programs that will be eligible for awards, the association points to an initiative being carried out by medical students at the University of Colorado. They established the Salvation Army/Globeville Clinic, a primary-care clinic that for several years has cooperated with a six-month residential urban alcohol and drug rehabilitation program. Students are involved in all aspects of the clinic's operation, including providing primary care to the community's under-served population.

Two award cycles will be held during each calendar year for the program. Awards will be announced in March and August. Each year, the medical association will present up to 12 awards -- up to four each for new projects, supplemental projects, and one-time projects. …

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