Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Stritch Student Receives National Family Medicine Award

4th-Year Chandra Campbell Receives Student Scholar Award

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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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.