Community impact

The Wayne State University School of Medicine – a two-time finalist of the AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service – was founded as the Detroit Medical College in 1868 by five physicians, appalled by the crude medical treatment they witnessed on Civil War battlefields and dedicated to advancing health education and care. Since then, this commitment to health and service has been the driving force of the School of Medicine, where students and faculty routinely collaborate with acclaimed health care systems and community partners to find innovative ways to reduce health disparities and improve — and save — residents’ lives.

Two of many examples include Street Medicine Detroit, a student organization that provides free health care services to the city’s homeless population, and the First Aid First video series, a collaboration between students and Detroit Medical Center (DMC) emergency medicine physicians to help broader populations learn about in-home health safety and response solutions that could save lives. 

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