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Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

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The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement is presented annually to an AAMC-member medical school or teaching hospital with a long-standing, major institutional commitment to partnering with the community it serves to identify and address community needs. The Foreman Award highlights community engagement as an important element of the academic mission and singles out institutions that serve as exemplars of social responsiveness on the part of the academic medical community. The award was renamed in 2007 to honor Spencer “Spike” Foreman, MD, who established the award in 1993 while serving as chair of the AAMC.

The awardee receives a commemorative crystal piece honoring the institution’s extraordinary social commitment. Nominations are due April 3, 2020.

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Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

Selection Criteria

The Foreman Award honors institutions and their community partners that engage in bidirectional collaboration and shared leadership in service of advancing the health and vitality of the community, its residents, and the academic institution. This commitment should be demonstrated through the development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainment of exceptional educational, clinical, and research programs that go well beyond the traditional service role of academic medicine and rely on the local community’s wisdom and expertise to address community health needs. Review Foreman Award selection criteria.

Guidelines for Entry

AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals are eligible to apply if their institutions have not received the award in the past 10 years. Institutions selected as finalists can reapply in two years. Completed applications should be uploaded in the AAMC’s online awards submission system by April 3, 2020. Review guidelines for entry

Spencer Foreman Award Recipients

The Foreman Award honors institutions and their community partners that engage in bidirectional collaboration and shared leadership in service of advancing the health and vitality of the community, its residents, and the academic institution.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University is the 2019 winner of the Spencer Foreman Award. Since its founding in 2009 by the New Jersey legislature at the urging of the Camden community, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) has integrated the community into the fabric of the school, exemplifying its motto, “Camden is our classroom; Camden is our home.”

  Learn more about previous recipients