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Chicago Medical School Humanitarian Award 2014

The CMS Humanitarian Award recognizes the full measure of a person’s worth, as someone whose efforts on behalf of others — especially the underserved define a quality of character that embodies selfless service to improve health. The CMS Humanitarian Committee considered a number of very impressive applications. We are very proud of the humanitarian accomplishments of our students. The CMS Humanitarian Committee is delighted to announce the winners of the Chicago Medical School Humanitarian Award 2014. 

The following M4 students have been awarded the Chicago Medical School Humanitarian Award!

Avani Patel

Graduation: June 2015, Chicago Medical School (CMS)

Avani Patel

“During a two-week medical mission trip to El Salvador, after taking vitals of residents, we held charlas (informational meetings) about washing hands and water sanitation methods to prevent dengue fever. Seeing how people lived in poverty without fresh water, medication, and adequate health education, I realized the pivotal role doctors’ play in improving the standard of living through raising awareness.” – Avani Patel 

“Avani played a huge role in revamping the required sessions in the spring as well as the required presentations following the IHIG trips in the fall. She was also very involved with her own IHIG trip to Bolivia.  Although she was never assigned the role and never officially recognized, Avani served as the leader of her group and she actively took the initiative to make sure that everyone in her group had all the paperwork done and were well prepared for the trip.” – David Chang, CMS Student

“Ms. Patel selflessly serves to benefit her peers and colleagues. For the last two years she has served on the Chicago Medical School Global Health Scholarship Committee reviewing applications for funds to support student global health travel and projects. She continues to serve as a teaching assistant for M1 and M4 pre-travel workshops. She is the current vice-president of the CMS Lottery Committee.” – Inis Jane Bardella, MD, FAAF

Julie Mayeku

Graduation: June 2015, Chicago Medical School (CMS)

Julie Mayeku

“My journey begun in rural Kenya. I was raised in a family that barely met their basic needs. It was not easy, but looking back, I realize that this is where my passion for serving the less fortunate was born. My mother taught us the need and importance of serving others. But perhaps most valuably, she made sure that we understood that there are always opportunities to serve, and that gift of giving does not require the giver to have surplus” – Julie Mayeku

“Julie was a joyous person to work with and she really was the key to making our trip possible. Even though she was busy with second year course work and studying for her USMLE Step 1 Exam, Julie was always willing to take time to meet with us, give us advice and instruction, help us arrange housing and travel accommodations, and provide contact information and connections to residents, hospital workers, and school faculty in Nairobi.” – William Park and Julie Witkowski, CMS Students

“Since 2004 in partnership with her home church in Kenya, Deliverance Church, Ms. Mayeku has mentored over 30 girls and young women through Huria Hope for Girls. This program targets young girls who become pregnant through rape, abuse and being taken advantage of by those in power over them and provides education, mentoring and financial support for these young women to complete secondary school and if they desire purse and complete a university education.” - Inis Jane Bardella, MD, FAAFP

Both award recipients together

We wish to congratulate both our award recipients as well as all of our applicants and wish them all the best. Congratulations!