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WWAMI Wyoming Students Honored for Service

May 6, 2014
Millie Boyd, Sarah Gregory and Hannah Phillips

Three first-year medical students at the University of Wyoming have been honored by the University of Washington School of Medicine for outstanding volunteer service.

The awards recognize Sarah Gregory and Hannah Phillips of Gillette, and Millie Boyd of Casper, for being in the top 15 percent of students participating in service and advocacy activities in each of the first-year sites of the WWAMI (Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) medical education program and each of the M2, M3 and M4 classes in Seattle, Wash.

Boyd and Phillips have participated in the diabetes education outreach program at the Laramie Downtown Clinic. The project was developed by first-year 2012 WWAMI students, and this year’s work began last October and continued through April.

“Service learning is an important aspect of medical education to develop understanding of at-risk populations and assisting public health care improvement,” Boyd says. “We are looking forward to working with the first-year 2014 students to continue, improve and grow the program.”

“Millie and I were really pleased with the progress we saw from the patients in the weeks we were able to work with them,” Phillips says. The students helped patients understand and manage their diabetes.

Boyd also became a Surgical Interest Group representative in September 2013 and will continue through graduation in 2017.

Gregory’s service efforts included organizing the first Wyoming chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, for which she served as interim president; serving as a student representative to the Wyoming Medical Society, including representing the Wyoming medical faculty and students on an interdisciplinary committee and participating in fundraising; serving as a Service Learning Advisory Committee member; and being involved in the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Challenge, diabetes education and the Salvation Army.

In November, all three awardees were involved in the “Fall into Health” health fair where, as representatives of Laramie Reproductive Health, they educated the public about contraception.

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