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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 and a prize of $10,000 honoring the institution’s extraordinary social commitment. Nominations are due Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

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Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

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.

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 for a site visit can reapply in two years. Completed applications should be uploaded in the AAMC’s online awards submission system here by Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM. The fields required for nomination can be previewed here.

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.

Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center is the 2020 winner of the Spencer Foreman Award. The first medical school in Chicago, established in 1837, Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center continues to be a trusted community member, service provider, and leader where learners, faculty, staff, and administrators demonstrate their commitment to the West Side of Chicago and the greater Chicagoland area through coordinated and sustainable engagement and investment.

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