BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It's a big win for non profits in Broward and Palm Beach County as FAU Medical Students have selected organizations to help with various projects throughout the year.
According to the school: Medical students in Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine have selected eight nonprofit organizations in Broward and Palm Beach counties to work on a collaborative new project to help address vital community needs such as Alzheimer’s disease/dementia, child abuse, health and social services for minority populations, childhood grief due to loss of family members, autism, and developmental disorders. The Community Advocacy, Research, Engagement and Service or C.A.R.E.S. project came to life last spring when the Spirit of Giving Network (SOGN), an organization made up of 60 nonprofits, met with the college’s first year medical students. The students were introduced to 17 different nonprofit organizations during a fair co-hosted by FAU and SOGN.
“We are very excited about what FAU’s medical students will offer to these organizations and ultimately to the members of our communities,” said Karen Krumholtz, executive director of SOGN. “This innovative program is going to make them better medical professionals overall and will teach them early in their careers the important role physicians have in community health and well-being.”
The eight organizations selected by the medical students are the American Association for Caregiving Youth, Caridad Center, Guatemalan-Maya Center, KidSafe Foundation, Louis & Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center, Palm Beach School for Autism, Tomorrow’s Rainbow and Twin Palms.
C.A.R.E.S. is co-directed by Catherine Myser, Ph.D., director of ethics, social medicine and global health and Julie C. Servoss, M.D., M.P.H., assistant dean for diversity, cultural and student affairs in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. The program is divided into eight service groups with eight students in each group. In August, Myser and the students met with their respective organizations to brainstorm about the projects they collaboratively wanted to design and execute.
“This program aligns perfectly with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine’s core mission of service to our community,” said Myser. “These students will enter our local communities and engage those in need as equal partners to humbly learn from them and tailor more culturally competent support services.”
SOGN began informally in 2001, and is supported by Dick and Barbara Schmidt, the same family and name bestowed on the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. SOGN was officially formed in 2007, and has since evolved into a service leader in the community. The synergistic partnering of dual Schmidt family funded initiatives adds to the value that the Schmidt family brings to South Florida in their philanthropic efforts.
“This project is very important because it defines the purpose of why we are here—to help people and to leave something behind,” said Rachel Fowler, a second year medical student in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. “I selected the Louis and Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center to enable me to work with geriatric patients and to have a better understanding of a population who will ultimately be in my care.”