Foster School of Medicine Graduate Receives U.S. Public Health Service Award
36 Students Recognized for 100 Hours of Service
Desiree Carmen, who graduated from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine on May 17, was honored during a reception at the medical school on Thursday, May 16, as she received the Foster School of Medicine’s 2019 Excellence in Public Health Award.
Officials from the U.S. Public Health Service were at the reception to honor Carmen, who was recognized for her work researching several public health issues, including immigrant health, political concerns and even research on health issues of the Navajo nation. Carmen is now heading to a residency in family medicine at the Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital in Santa Rosa, California.
“Hopefully I have left a legacy with a third-year student who will continue to push for our school to support the care of migrants and refugees, and make the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine known as a place of safety for those populations,” Carmen said at the reception in the lobby of the Medical Education Building. The event was co-hosted by the Department of Medical Education and the Office of Student Affairs.
Carmen—along with 35 of her graduating classmates—was also recognized as a member of the 100 Hour Club. The 100 Hour Club recognizes medical students who do at least 100 hours of self-directed community service.
Lee Rosenthal, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., director of service learning at the Foster School of Medicine, noted that the students choose what projects and community service they would like to participate in, then do a deeper reflection about their service.
“This year, we have almost 9,000 hours of service that have been contributed by our graduating class,” Rosenthal said. “About 80 percent of the class of 2019 has hours recorded, with 36 students having achieved 100 hours or more.”
2019 graduates Jake Wilson and Allison Mootz were acknowledged at the ceremony and at the Foster School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony for having reached more than 500 hours of community service.
The 36 members of the 100 Hour Club for the class of 2019 are:
Andres Belmont De Santiago
* 250 or more hours
** 500 or more hours