Medical student-led community screenings help address health inequities (Links to an external site)

Dispensing health-care advice and offering information about community resources at the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival were (from left) Tucker Hansen, Joshua McPhie, and Santiago Blanco Torres, medical students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Dispensing health-care advice and offering information about community resources at the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival in September was Joshua McPhie, a fourth-year medical student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. McPhie, along with 10 other Spanish-speaking medical students, screened patients in the Healthy Kid Express van, a mobile health-care clinic.

High school founded with help of med school leader receives accolades (Links to an external site)

Hamza Jalal (left), a first-year student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, tours the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in south St. Louis with his mentor and the high school’s co-founder, Will Ross, MD, the medical school’s associate dean for diversity.

Will Ross co-founded Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in 2013. A magnet public high school, Collegiate aims to serve high-achieving students, many of whom reside in under-resourced neighborhoods and are interested in pursuing careers in science, medicine and health. In August, Collegiate School was ranked the No. 2 public high school out of 455 schools in Missouri, and No. 150 in the nation.

Healthcare advocate Brenda Battle keynotes HG Phillips Lecture (Links to an external site)

From left, Dr. Will Ross, Dr. Nathaniel Murdoch, and Brenda Battle, following the Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture.

Brenda Battle returned to St. Louis to deliver the Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series keynote address and she offered a stirring message urging the region to reduce its healthcare disparities. The annual event carried the 2023 theme of “Anchoring Communities: A Roadmap to Equity and Transformation in Marginalized Communities.”