MAYWOOD, Ill. – Chandra Campbell, a fourth-year student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, was recognized with a scholarship by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine for excellence in leadership, passion for learning and commitment to providing compassionate care.
The scholarship allowed Campbell to attend the society’s annual conference on medical student education to learn about what is on the leading edge of medical education as well as network with other students and educators from across the country.
“Seeing role models at a conference like this affirmed that family medicine is where I need to be. Education is so critical not only for future physicians, but for our patients as well,” Campbell said.
Before entering medical school, Campbell worked as a health educator in a clinic in California and group fitness instructor. In her career she plans to combine those skills with her medical training to help her patients in preventing health crises before they happen.
“We are at pivotal moment in primary care, which is linked to the patient-centered medical home model that is being adopted across the country. I’m excited to be able to be a part of this movement,” said Campbell. “So much of primary care is about education and working toward prevention, not just putting a Band-Aid on existing problems. I’m inspired by new approaches to addressing chronic disease and patient education."
In addition, Campbell has a passion for service. For the last few years she has been a resident manager at the Ronald McDonald® House near the Loyola campus. After hours of studying, lecture and clinical rotations, Campbell brings help and hope to families whose children are in the hospital. She goes far beyond simply ensuring that there is a meal on the table. She offers a compassionate listening ear, a shoulder to cry on and is a cheerleader for the family’s journey ahead.
As a Schweitzer Fellow she created a health education program at Loyola’s clinic on Roosevelt Road in Maywood that provides medical care to Chicago’s underserved population. Thanks to her organization and innovation the program will continue even after she graduates.
“She is a kind, compassionate person with a huge heart who lives what she believes,” said Aaron Michelfelder, MD, vice-chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “She stands out as an exceptional student physician who has left a permanent legacy on our school that will benefit patients, students and faculty for years to come."
In July, Campbell will be starting her residency in Family Medicine at in the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle.
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