AAMC recognizes UTMB for outstanding community service programs

aamc-doj-2I am pleased to share that UTMB was recently honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as a finalist for the 2016 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service, a national award that recognizes long-standing major institutional commitment to addressing community needs. I recently had the opportunity to accept the plaque on behalf of the institution at the Awards Dinner at Learn Serve Lead 2016: 127th AAMC Annual Meeting in Seattle.

It is an honor to work at an institution with such a rich tradition of service and deep commitment to improving the lives of people in our surrounding communities. For more than 125 years, UTMB has been making a difference through our innovative and effective service programs, which range from providing patient care to vulnerable communities to teaching science through programs targeted at underrepresented minority students.

The Spencer Foreman award nomination highlighted more than two dozen UTMB community service programs, including Frontera de Salud, Luke Society Medical Mission to the Homeless, St. Vincent’s House, the Osler Student Societies, various Office of Educational Outreach programs, Early Medical School Acceptance Program, the School of Nursing’s Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative, our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Teen Health Center clinics, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, Hispanic Center of Excellence and Texas Area Health Education Center East. Our Galveston National Laboratory scientists’ infectious disease efforts were also featured.

Thanks to all the leadership, faculty and staff members, as well as students, from all our schools who helped with the nomination process and AAMC site visit.

Keep up the great work to make our world a better place.