Student Awards

Several awards are available annually to MSU College of Human Medicine students.


Scholarships for Student Participation in Family Medicine Conferences

 The Family Medicine Interest Groups periodically provide scholarship support for CHM student attendance at local, state-wide, regional, and national Family Medicine conferences. Interested students should contact Julie Phillips at Scholarships will also be announced on the class listservs. Priority will be given to students who are members in FMIG and have an interest in a Family Medicine career. Scholarship support depends on availability of FMIG funds.

Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency Program

The new Integrated Medical School and Family Medicine Residency (TIP) Program,is program for fourth year medical students at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine who are interested in a career in family medicine. It is a transitional fourth year medical school experience that continues into residency and offers several benefits for both medical students and the residency program.

Blake W.H. Smith Scholarship

In 1975, a graduate assistant named Blake W.H. Smith became the second employee in the newly formed Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Smith was to devote his next 24 years to ensuring that the family practice faculty and staff developed the academic skill base necessary to become one of the pre-eminent family medicine departments in the country. Over time, he earned a doctorate in administration and higher education and moved into the positions of clerkship coordinator, associate chair for Academic Affairs, and senior academic specialist.

Smith's wide-ranging interests included provision of health care in underserved areas, primary care in developing nations, development of strong clerkships in family practice and in community medicine, and development of a strong research component in the department's academic activity. His premature death in August 1998 grieved his colleagues, yet his legacy included development of a family practice faculty well grounded in the rigors of academic life and with a social vision that extends beyond the walls of the university.

In memory of Dr. Smith, and to ensure that the goals that were close to his heart can continue to be achieved, a special fund in the name of Blake W.H. Smith, PhD, has been established.

The Blake W.H. Smith, PhD, Scholarship provides a stipend of at least $1,000.00 for a CHM student, resident, or faculty member (academic/clinical/volunteer) engaged in furthering the goals of primary health care, or community-oriented medical education with an emphasis on international settings or under-served areas and populations in the United States. Preference will be given to individuals who are not doing a project in their home country.

David O. Hough Scholarship

The David O. Hough, MD, Endowed Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Family Medicine provides an additional mechanism through which donors can support the development of excellence in family medicine education.

The Hough Scholarship was established to encourage others to emulate the accomplishments of David Hough, who died in 1996 at the age of 50. In 1976, Hough and Douglas McKeag, MD, initiated the MSU Sports Medicine Program. His pioneering application of the principles of family medicine to the field of sports medicine was nationally recognized for its creativity and innovation. He became director of the program, a responsibility he held at the time of his death.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating MSU College of Human Medicine senior who has been chosen as the outstanding fourth-year student planning to enter a family medicine residency program upon graduation. The student receiving this highly competitive award must demonstrate the healing spirit that was so much a part of Dr. Hough. This includes clinical competence, a great and demonstrated sensitivity to the psychosocial aspects of the patient/physician interaction, care and concern for others through professional and/or volunteer experiences, and a commitment to family.

Support Our Student Scholars

As family medicine educators, we nurture and guide the intellectual curiosity of our medical students in the MSU College of Human Medicine. We stand beside them as they hone their research questions, collect data, and analyze results. Now it is time to support them as they take their next vital step; sharing their findings with the wider community.

Although there are national venues for student research presentations, the financial barrier can be insurmountable. Airline tickets, registration, food, and lodging easily reach $2,000 for student participation in a national conference.

A generous gift has been offered by Terrie and Henry Barry, MD; and they have issued a challenge to MSU Family Medicine friends and colleagues throughout our community campuses. Over a five-year period the Barrys will make a lead donation each year that will be more than adequate to send one of our students to a national conference.

And . . . they challenge their colleagues to join in developing the Department of Family Medicine Fund for Student Scholars, a vibrant, renewable fund that can provide such awards for other interested students. For each $1,000 donated by you, their colleagues in family medicine, the Barrys will contribute an additional $100 to the fund (to a total of 25 donors). The target is $30,000 in funding annually for direct support for students interested in family medicine.