Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which works to develop networks of ideas and institutions to advance teaching and learning, has awarded Community Engagement Classification to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in recognition of MCW’s community engagement practices. The Carnegie Community Engagement Classification designation for MCW is an honor and a monumental achievement, as it recognizes the innumerable exemplary campus-wide programs and initiatives that are focused on excellence in community engagement and on serving the needs of our communities. MCW is now one of four medical schools nationwide who have received this honor.
The Carnegie Classification reinforces the breadth and depth of MCW’s community engagement efforts, as reflected in our 2014 Faculty Community Engagement Survey which revealed that almost all MCW departments are participating in the community engagement mission. As Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement at the Medical College of Wisconsin, I would like to express my thanks to all those programs, faculty, staff, students and community partners throughout the college for their efforts in collaborating and working to improve the lives of Wisconsin’s communities.
The application process for receiving the classification was useful in assessing our strengths and weaknesses in Community Engagement. This process gave MCW a baseline of our Community Engagement processes and activities, which we can use for reference point in the future. Indeed, MCW has already benefited from the classification by undergoing the application process.
With insights garnered from this process, as well as valuable feedback from the Carnegie Foundation regarding areas where we can improve, we will use this recognition as a stepping stone and a catalyst to further MCW’s community engagement efforts to improve the health of communities of Wisconsin, advance the art and science of community engagement and make MCW a national leader in improving the health of the public.
MCW has never been more committed to or invested in its community engagement mission than it is now, and we are excited to continue this forward journey with the recognition and momentum of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.
Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, FAAFP
Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement
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Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service
The Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service is presented annually to a U.S. 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. MCW was recognized as a top institution in Community Engagement and Community Service as a Finalist for the Spencer Foreman Award (each year there are two Finalists recognized along with the recipient). This award is one of the most prestigious given by the AAMC and MCW is the only medical school to have been recognized among the top three institutions for the Spencer Foreman Award more than once in the past 11 years; MCW was the recipient of the inaugural SF Award in 2006.
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