Student Senior Connection Project
OHSU medical students and residents of the Willamette View retirement community attended the April 1 Lunch Meeting on the Hill as part of the OHSU School of Medicine Student Senior Connection Project. Lunch was provided by course director Sumathi Devarajan, MD, Family Medicine at Richmond. Myong O, MSW, social worker at Family Medicine at Richmond, presented on Stress Management. The Student Senior Connection Project pairs medical students with healthy seniors who have lived in a care facility for a year or more of growing and bonding together. Students and seniors have six formal meetings per year – one at OHSU - to discuss various topics. Topics have included nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, intimacy in old age, older drivers, horticultural therapy, mentorship, stress management, legacy and art therapy.
At top left, Myong O presents on stress management. At top right, Jullian Curiel, 2nd-year medical student, rode the tram with the seniors. Above, seniors and medical students pose for a picture before Lunch on the Hill.
The following awards were presented at the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians Celebration Luncheon on April 13 at the Salishan Resort, Gleneden Beach.
Sarah Williams, who will be graduating from OHSU School of Medicine in June before beginning her residency in Family Medicine at Sutter Health, Sacramento, CA, received two awards.
Williams was named the Outstanding 4th-Year Graduating Senior Student Entering a Family Medicine Residency and the recipient of the 2013 Lundy Award.
Williams graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in human physiology and then joined the Peace Corp before started medical school at OHSU. She has been active in the Rural Medicine Interest Group, is a student director for the OAFP and is dedicated to providing medical care to underserved populations before serving in the Peace Corp.
Both awards honor outstanding fourth-year medical students. The Lundy Award was established to honor the retirement of Mary Gonzales Lundy, who served as OAFP executive director for many years.
Williams was not present at the OAFP celebration luncheon because she is doing a medical rotation in Guatemala. She will begin her residency in Family Medicine at Sutter Health in Sacramento.
Rick Wopat, MD, Samaritan Medical Home, Lebanon, OR, was presented with the Lewis and Ruth Carpenter Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence in an Outpatient Setting. A 1975 OHSU residency graduate, Wopat has been a preceptor since 1982, teaching more than 100 students. He is frequently recognized as a physician/mentor at graduation and has been designated as a Master Teacher for his continued commitment to teaching. Third-year medical student David Simmons nominated Wopat for the award.
"During the course of my four months at the Lebanon Medical Home Clinic, I learned I was Rick Wopat's 131st medical student preceptoree," Simmons recalled. "Funny, it felt like I was his first. … I thank him, on behalf of myself and the 130 students who came before me, for setting high standards."
The award was established by Lewis Carpenter, MD, and his wife, Ruth, in 1991. It is presented annually to a community family physician who is a volunteer faculty member of the OHSU Department of Family Medicine who is actively engaged and committed to one-on-one teaching in the ambulatory setting.