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College News & Events: 2018

December 2018

  • On December 17, the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences is presenting "All of us? The implications of precision medicine for underserved populations and rare disease" from 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Atrium, IQ Building or online. 
  • Third-year students John Parent and Kenneth Seid from the Upper Peninsula campus were received the MSU College of Human Medicine UP Region Mazzuchi Scholarship. Both were selected for their commitment to practicing medicine in the Upper Peninsula after residency training, with interest in specializing in emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, hospitalist medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or psychiatry. Congratulations!
  • Lee Cox, PhD, chair of the Department of Physiology, has been elected to serve as a Councilor of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology (ACDP).
  • The article "Factors Associated With Medical School Entrants' Interest in Military Financial Assistance in Exchange for a Service Obligation: The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Cohort" published in the July/August 2017 issue of the journal Military Medicine has been selected as the 2018 Military Medicine Article of the Year. The article was written by Dean G. Sienko, MD, MS Major General, U.S. Army (Ret) and Kathleen Oberst, RN, PhD from the Institute for Health Policy, Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine. 
  • Sowmya Barrela, MD, joined the Division of General Internal Medicine as assistant professor of medicine.
  • Jack W. Lipton, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine, was appointed as a chartered member of the NST-2 Study Section for the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH), through 2024.
  • Jerry Kooiman, MPA, has been appointed assistant dean and Chief External Relations Officer.
  • Marci Muller has been appointed Director of Community Initiatives in the Communications, Engagement and Outreach office.
  • Mark Brieve has been appointed Director of Community and Government Relations in the Communications, Engagement and Outreach office.
  • Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, associate dean for Student Affairs and senior associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion, assumed her elected role as the National Chair of the Group on Student Affairs for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Lipscomb also was appointed to serve on the Committee on Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. 
  • Congratulations to Leora Aquino and Shelby Owens, third-year Traverse City Campus students, who recently received National Health Service Corps awards scholarships! This scholarship is awarded to medical students interested in primary care in underserved communities and both recipients are enrolled in the college's Rural Community Health Program.
  • Todd McHerron, MD, has joined the college as a full-time academic specialist in the Office of Academic Achievement.

November 2018

  • The College of Human Medicine received the Frank Doran MD Distinguished Service Award from the Saint Mary's Foundation at the Mercy Health Saint Mary's 125th Anniversary Luncheon.
  • On November 7, the Department of Medicine Office for Research will host a Research Forum "Instant Grant Improvement" from noon to 1 PM, Bio-Engineering Building Conference Room 2000.
  • On November 17, the Department of Medicine will host the 35th Annual David Rovner Endocrine Symposium (ADRES) at the East Lansing Marriott. The symposium brings together physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and other allied health care professionals from across the region to discuss best practices and cutting-edge clinical breakthroughs with national and local experts in the field. 
  • Wanda LipscombPhD, senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion and associate dean for student affairs, was appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Clinician Well-Being.
  • The College of Human Medicine will host the Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) Spring 2019 Conference in Grand Rapids on March 27-29. The call for proposals is now open. Abstracts must be submitted online no later than 11:59pm (EST) on November 12, 2018.
  • Nicholas Drew, Division of Public Health administrator, and Carol Parker, executive director for Academic Affairs, were recipients of the Outstanding Supervisor Awards from the university's WorkLife Office.
  • Jed Magen, DO, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry, was appointed president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry.
  • Harrietta Christodoulos, DO, has joined the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development as assistant professor. 
  • Send a little holiday cheer with these limited edition postcards! Proceeds support the College of Human Medicine Student Scholarship Fund. 
  • Supratik Rayamajhi, MD, FACP, associate professor, Department of Medicine, was selected to the Annals of Hypertension Editorial Board.

October 2018

  • Joanna Kica, research assistant, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was appointed to the Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission by Governor Rick Snyder.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County awarded Flint RECAST the Start Something Award for its achievements and impact on youth, families and Flint community.
  • Brian Ulrich, admissions counselor and director of Pipeline Programming, received the Most Impactful Poster award for his presentation "In their own words: Examining medical student emotionality in the clinical years of medical school" at the National Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Providers.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha was among five new inductees into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Congratulations!
  • The College of Human Medicine received the Academic Partnership Award from Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) for its commitment to community-based research and education. It was presented to the college at ACCESS' 8th International Arab Heath Summit in Washington, D.C. last month.

September 2018

  • Entering students from the College of Human Medicine's Class of 2022 participated in a Day of Community Service on August 20. The first-year medical students divided into teams and lent a hand to various organizations in Grand Rapids and Lansing. See photo gallery Following a busy orientation week, Dean Norman Beauchamp and college faculty welcomed the 190 new medical students to MSU on August 26, each student receiving a white coat as the symbolic start of the journey into the medical profession. WZZM TV, View photos from the White Coat and Matriculation Ceremony
  • At their August 31 meeting, the MSU Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new multi-specialty group practice for MSU’s colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Nursing. The new entity, Michigan State University Health Care, will replace the MSU HealthTeam.
  • On September 15, the college held its annual Teddy Bear Picnic, a free, family-friendly event where more than 300 children brought their favorite stuffed animal for a check-up. The mock clinic was staffed by physicians and students from the university's health colleges and area hospitals. Also on September 15, the Spartans Against Alzheimer's Team participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Grand Rapids. The team of researchers, family and friends from the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine raised $3,650 for the Alzheimer's Association. Kudos!
  • Lauren O'Connell, MD, will present "Toxic Stress and Resilience: Shifting the Balance Toward Wellness" at the September 26 Your Health Lecture Series at Saginaw Valley State University. The free community event sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University, MidMichigan Health & Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
  • The college's annual Alumni Weekend will be held on October 5-6 in East Lansing. RSVP for the Alumni Reception at Dublin Square and the Alumni & Friends Tailgate before the Spartans kick off against the Northwestern Wildcats.
  • On October 10, the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences is presenting "Ending medical self-regulation: Does less physician control improve patient safety and protect patient rights?" from 12pm - 1pm, E4 Fee Hall or webinar as part of its 2018-2019 Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series.
  • Ten Rural Physician Program (RPP) students have begun clinical training at the Upper Peninsula Campus. These students have an interest in rural medicine and are working towards completion of the Leadership in Rural Medicine Certificate during their last two years of medical education. More about RPP students
  • Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been named MSU Foundation Professor, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching. Read about MSU Foundation Professors
  • The College of Human Medicine's senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion, Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, has been selected by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to serve on its 19-member presidential search committee tasked with providing input and aiding in the efforts to hire the 21st president.
  • Adam Kilian, MD (CHM '14) was grand prize winner at the American College of Physicians National Research Contest in April for his research poster on “Complex Care Maps: Empowering Colleagues to Deliver Patient-Centered Care.” Dr. Kilian and colleagues developed an innovative cross-continuum intervention process and a succinct tool called a Complex Care Map © that addresses fragmentation in the health system and links providers to a comprehensive individualized analysis of the patient story and root causes for frequent access to health services. This successful intervention has now been implemented by hundreds of hospitals nationwide. While it reduces costs and utilization while improving care for high-need, high-cost patients (30% of the US health care economy), it does not sacrifice funding for non-profit health care organizations and, in fact, it substantially increases the operating margin.
  • After 18 years as the director for the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Tom Tomlinson, PhD, has stepped down. Leonard Fleck, PhD, is now acting director of the Center.
  • Joseph Kochmanski, PhD, has joined the Bernstein Lab in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine as post doctoral research associate.
  • Jared Lamp, academic specialist in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine, has been appointed core facilities manager for the new Integrated Mass Spectrometry Core.
  • Gurveen Chahal, MD, has been appointed assistant professor of medicine. She is a June 2016 graduate of the MSU Internal Medicine Residency program and practices in the Division of General Internal Medicine Clinic in the MSU Clinical Center.
  • Barbara Thompson, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development as assistant professor, coming to MSU from the University of Southern California. Dr. Thompson is a developmental neuroscientist and her work involves the development and functional consequences of disrupted affective processing in young children, including children with autism, ADHD and related disorders. Her office is on the 7th floor of the Secchia Center. On a related note, her husband, Dan Campbell, is also a developmental neuroscientist. He joined the college last summer as assistant professor and his laboratory is in the MSU Grand Rapids Research Center.
  • Rebecca Knickmeyer, PhD, joined Department of Pediatrics and Human Development as associate professor. She comes to MSU from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Knickmeyer is a developmental neuroscientist with a particular interest in the connection between genetic factors that affect neurodevelopmental trajectories and neuroimaging findings in young infants at risk for conditions including autism spectrum disorder. She holds a secondary appointment at MSU with IQ, the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering, and her lab is located in the Bioengineering building on campus.
  • Dohun Pyeon, PhD, joined the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics as an associate professor, recruited to MSU through the Global Impact Initiative Cancer Biology Program. Dr. Pyeon comes to MSU from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus where he served as a faculty member and an investigator at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Dr. Pyeon’s research program focuses on virus-host interactions by which human papillomavirus (HPV) establishes persistent infection and causes cervical and head/neck cancers.
  • Robert C. Smith, MD, MACP, University Distinguished Professor and professor of medicine and psychiatry, has been named Master of the American College of Physicians at the ACP’s June meeting.
  • PODCAST "Today's medical students often say, 'I want to care for a community. Teach me how to do that.' I think that's really exciting." Hear Andrea Wendling, MD, professor of family medicine and director of the rural medicine curriculum in a podcast on Rural Health Leadership Radio.  Andrea Wendling podcast
  • PODCAST The Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU (AKA IQ) is revolutionizing health care by converging medicine and engineering to promote precision health. Hear Chris ContagPhD, discuss how IQ is bridging disciplines to solve real-world problems with new diagnostic tools and therapies related to precision health. Chris Contag podcast

August 2018

  • Henry Barry, MD, has been named Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year for 2018 by the Board of Directors of the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Barry is a professor in the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development.
  • September's Bioethics Brownbag & Webinar Series is "Therapeutic Privilege in Psychiatry? The Case of Borderline Personality Disorder." The lecture on September 19 will feature Dominic A. Sisti, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Attend in person at C102 E Fee Hall, or watch live online via webinar.
  • MSU College of Human Medicine student Diana Chen has been selected by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation to participate in its Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. Chen will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend both the AAFP's National Conference and the year-long leadership development program.
  • Fourth-year student Freddie Hetzel has been chosen by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to represent all medical students nationally on an advisory committee to the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service. 
  • College of Human Medicine faculty members Lee Anne Roman, PhD, Anas Al-Janadi, MD, Kavitha Kesari, MD, MS, Jonathan Gold, MD, and Nigel Paneth, MD, MPH, were honored for their dedication to research, teaching and patient care at the college's annual awards ceremony
  • Midland Regional Campus student Douglas Snow received the Aliferis Medical scholarship from MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Development Council Scholarships.
  • Flint campus student Meron Meshesha has received a 2018 Physicians of Tomorrow Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship from the American Medical Association Foundation.

July 2018

  • The Syrian American Medical Association honored Hend Azhary, MD, with its 2018 Hero of the Year Award for her continuing work to improve health and well-being of persons displaced from their homes due to conflicts in the Middle East and now living in refugee camps.
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, has been named a Great Immigrant by Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, she will be inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, Thursday, October 18 at Kellogg Center and Hotel in East Lansing.
  • Dean Beauchamp and seven other MSU deans submitted an article to Inside Higher Ed that outlined three imperatives for creating cultural change at MSU. Read more
  • The College of Human Medicine Alumni Board is seeking sponsors to provide white coats for the entire incoming class. Donations will also support the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship Fund. Become a part of the newest class' medical school journey! When donating, send a congratulatory handwritten note that will be shared with students. Learn more
  • RAIND and Pediatrics and Human Development held their 3rd Annual MSU Autism Family-Professional Day on July 19 at the Henry Center. This conference featured four presentation sessions on ASD throughout human development.
  • Christopher Thompson, MD, MHI, received a travel award from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse to present findings from his research on the diagnosis of cannabis problems among adolescents in the US. Thompson worked with Karl C. Alcover, PhD, and James C. Anthony, PhD, as a postdoctoral fellow in the NIDA T32 Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Program in the college's Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics.

June 2018

  • Bryanne Nicole Standifer, MD (CHM '18), received the Spirit of Detroit award from the Detroit City Council and Council President Brenda Jones, May 29. Dr. Standifer is native Detroiter and a College of Human Medicine ABLE student. She recently graduated from the Southeast Michigan Campus and is an internal medicine resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
  • Rohit Abraham, MPH, MAT, a Flint Campus student has spent the past year completing a fellowship for an MPH degree and an MAT at Harvard. He returns to start his fourth year of medical school in the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved program. He will graduate 2019 with an MD to add to his MPH and MAT academic credentials. Congrats Rohit!
  • Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, associate professor and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, has published a new book, "What the Eyes Don't See," a story of crisis, resistence and hope in an American city. CBS Morning News book excerpt
  • Doctors Justin Thomas and Troy Dawley, clinical instructors and senior resident trainees at the Ascension Providence Hospital - Southfield Campus Neurological Surgery Program, have established the Neuroscience Foundation for Africa Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to bring advanced neurological care to countries in East Africa, while improving awareness on the need for international health care. Currently Drs. Thomas and Dawley are working closely with the MSU Office of Education Abroad, the medical and pre-medical colleges at MSU, and the Global Engagement Institute in Berlin, Germany, to establish a combined humanitarian-study abroad program for medical providers and students. The inaugural pilot program is anticipated to begin in Kenya in 2019 and, pending 503c approval, the foundation will begin recruiting medical providers and students. Interested particiants or medical providers can find out more information by emailing the Neuroscience Foundation for Africa at
  • The Department of Pediatrics and Human Development welcomes two new researchers as assistant professors, Bin Chen, PhD, and Jeremy Prokop, PhD. Chen is based in the Secchia Center and is joining MSU from one of the most prominent big data research programs in the world at University of California San Francisco. His work is in computational biology and genomics. Prokop joined MSU from the Hudson Alpha Institute of Biotechnology where he was a senior scientist in computational biology and genomics. Prokop's lab is in the Grand Rapids Research Center and he has a secondary appointment at MSU in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. With the synergy of their work in precision pediatrics, both Chen and Prokop will drive the expansion of clinical genomics at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
  • The following staff members celebrated 20 years of service with the Department of Surgery at the 2018 Service Awards Event at Kellogg Center on Monday, May 21. Pam Haan, Lesha Stuber-Powell, Nanette Costello, Jill Simon and Linda Henderson. Also, Rhonda Mullen celebrated 15 years of service with MSU Dept. of Surgery.

May 2018

  • On May 12, we welcomed the Class of 2018 to our Spartan MD family. Congratulations to all 171 new doctors!
  • The American Psychiatric Association bestowed its highest honor on four College of Human Medicine faculty members during its annual meeting, May 5-9, in New York City. The association granted the title of Distinguished Fellow to Jed Magen, DO, associate professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Eric Achtyes, MD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and director of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Scott Monteith, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor. Former assistant professor of psychiatry and College of Human Medicine alumnus William Beecroft, MD (CHM ‘80) was named a Distinguished Life Fellow. The four were nominated by the Michigan Psychiatric Society for the honors, which are in recognition of their contributions to the psychiatric profession.
  • Six other faculty members – Farha Abbasi, MD, Jeffrey Frey, DO, Jonathan Henry, MD, Kevin Kunzer, MD, Jeanette Scheid, MD, PhD, and Jennifer Vinch, MD, were given the association’s Fellow status.
  • Anna Moore, PhD, has been appointed director of MSU’s Precision Health Program and assistant dean in the College of Human Medicine.
  • Omayma Alshaarawy, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Epidemiology was recongized May 2 as one of two recipients of the MSU Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Awards for 2017 - 2018. Her PI, James C. Anthony, PhD, said that “I place Dr. Alshaarawy in the very top tier of NIH postdoctoral fellows I have supervised since 1981. She brings her own creative and independent research ideas and puts them into action."
  • Andrea Wendling, MD, received the Rural Health Professional of the Year Award on May 3. The award is presented to an individual deserving of recognition for their efforts in rural health in Michigan. Dr. Wendling was honored for carrying out exemplary work in promoting health in rural areas, showing excellent leadership in the improvement of health care services to the rural areas of Michigan and her contributions to the improvement of health to the people in rural Michigan.
  • Kelly Barr, clerkship administrator, Department of Medicine, was elected to the CDIM Clerkship Administrators Advisory Council effective July 1, 2018.
  • Michael Brown, MD, department chair of Emergency Medicine, has been appointed senior editor for the new Cochrane Acute and Emergency Care Network.

April 2018

  • Adesuwa Olomu, MD, professor of internal medicine and vice-chair for research, Department of Medicine, graduated from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program at Drexel University College of Medicine on April 26. ELAM, established in 1995, is the only longitudinal program in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions.
  • Meet some College of Human Medicine public health researchers and learn about their work in Flint. Visit our Video Page
  • College of Human Medicine students, residents and faculty members swept top honors at the Michigan Psychiatric Society’s annual poster competition April 13 in East Lansing.The awards included first, second and third prizes in the research category, as well as second and third prizes in the clinical category. Congratulations to the following Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and College of Human Medicine residents, faculty and medical students:
  • Rebecca Crosbie, MD; Evonne Edwards, PhD; Rebecca Marchand, PsyD; Leslie Visser, MA; Jean Holthaus, MSW; Brant VanOrman, PsyD; Andrew Riegel. DO; Rebecca Tuinstra, MA; Sara VanBronkhorst, MD; Daniel E. Roberts, LMSW; Katie Kist, DO; Darci Evans, DO; Alexandra Mahdasian, third-year medical student; Kellen Stillwell, MD; Leslie Pelkey, MD; Thomas Platt, MD; Katie Nguyen, third-year medical student; Angela Pinheiro, MD; Scott Monteith, MD; Eric Achtyes, MD; Katherine Tontillo, MD; Alisha Thibault, MD; Lindsey Bailey, MD; Kevin Furmaga, PharmD; Ryan Doyle, DO; Ryan Yoon, DO; Danielle Zazaian, DO; and Vegas Coleman, MD

March 2018

Match Day results: Overall, 96% of College of Human Medicine seniors secured a residency placement, in comparison to the national average of 94.3% for all US allopathic medical school seniors.

  • 88 students (42.5%) are entering a primary careresidency, compared to 42.5% in 2017.
  • 70 of the seniors (43%) will remain in Michigan for their residency training, compared to 42.5%. in 2017.
  • Of those remaining in Michigan, 40% will be training in primary care, compared to 46.1% in 2017.

Six graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics received the annual John Snow Award, presented annually to the university whose graduate students give the greatest number of presentations at the Michigan Epidemiology Conference held in March in Ann Arbor.

Andrew Bender, PhD, has joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as an assistant professor,

Hope Bauer, fourth-year College of Human Medicine Traverse City student, received the Bruce Dukker Endowed Award of Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The honor recognizes her involvement on several research projects and efforts to encourage rural high school students to enter medical professions. She has also given a number of presentations of her research findings at national conferences. Congratulations Hope!

Dr. Farha Abbasi, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, received the 2018 Honors Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness Michigan for her work to create the Muslim Mental Health Conference held at Michigan State University and to help de-stigmatize obtaining mental health treatment in Muslim communities. Kudos to Dr. Abbasi for her great work!

Congratulations to Dr. Hend Azhary. She received the Syrian American Medical Association’s Hero of the Year Award for her work to improve health and well-being of persons displaced from their homes due to conflicts and wars in the Middle East and now living in refugee camps. Dr. Mohammad Saleh also received a Hero of the Year Award from the Syrian American Medical Association. 

February 2018

College of Human Medicine student Carina Mendoza received MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives' Emerging Progress in Diversity Award. This honor is in recognition of her role as researcher, mentor and leader in the practice of diversity in the medical profession. Congratulations Carina!

Drs. Shilpa Kavuturu, MD, and Mukta Sharma, MD, were recogized at the General Internal Medicine Division Retreat for completion of Biopsychosocial Medicine Fellowships from September 1, 2016 to December 30, 2017.

Nearly 160 Grand Rapids elementary students attended Reach Out to Youth. College of Human Medicine students led interactive stations and activities to inspire kids ages 7-11 to pursue careers in medicine.

January 2018

On January 21, Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, and her team held an event to announce the pre-enrollment phase of the Flint Registry. Residents of Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the city’s water system were invited to pre-enroll for the Flint Registry, an effort aimed at connecting residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery. View the video

Center for Ethics Assistant Professor Devan Stahl, PhD, has been appointed a member of the Committee on Bioethics of the Michigan State Medical Society.

Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, associate dean for Student Affairs, has been named National Chair-Elect for the Group on Student Affairs( GSA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), after completion of a year’s term as the AAMC-GSA National Vice Chair. The GSA is one of the largest affinity groups in the AAMC representing medical school professionals who work in the areas of student affairs, student diversity affairs, student wellness, career development, admissions, financial aid and records. In her role, Dr. Lipscomb serves on the AAMC-GSA National Steering Committee, the AAMC-GSA Committee on Student Affairs, and the Planning Committee for the 2018 Continuum Connections Conference that will bring together the AAMC’s Group on Student Affairs, Group on Resident Affairs, the Organization of Resident Representatives, and the Organization of Student Representatives to address issues of the pathway of medical education. In November, Dr. Lipscomb will begin her term as National Chair for the AAMC-GSA.

Lauren Buhr, a third-year medical student in the Leadership in Rural Medicine program at the Midland Regional Campus made a real difference in her rural community of Gratiot County. During the holidays, Lauren and her family donated some of their children’s books and bought new children’s books for the Book Garden at the Gratiot County Public Health Department. Lauren has shown to be an exemplary student, she promotes care and service to her rural community and her patients, and most of all she shows how to really go the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of others. Way to go Lauren!