A medical student along with an alumnus turned faculty member were honored by the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation with its 2009 Salute to Service Awards.
Fourth-year student P. Brody Wehman and the Class of 2000′s Mark H. Ryan, M.D., who is now on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine, received their awards at the MSV Foundation’s Physicians’ Gala, on Oct. 24 at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va.
Ryan was recognized for his Service on Behalf of the Medical Profession for his international medical outreach efforts through the Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability. One of the founding members of the initiative in 2005, Ryan currently serves as its medical director. With his guidance and direction, students purchase prescription and non-prescription medications to use in bi-annual week-long clinics in the Dominican Republic. In addition to organizing the medical operations while supervising undergraduate students, medical students and medical residents, he personally sees approximately 150 patients during each clinic.
Fourth-year medical student P. Brody Wehman was recognized for his Service by a Medical Student. Wehman volunteers with a weekend-long clinic that provides free dental care and a small amount of medical triage services to over 1,000 children and adults on the Eastern Shore. Recognizing the large number of patients without a primary care physician, Wehman worked with the community health board to link those individuals with the nearest possible provider. He has also played an integral role in getting other medical students involved and has signed on to coordinate all medical student activities in conjunction with next year’s project.
The MSV Foundation created the annual Salute to Service Awards in 2004 to recognize outstanding efforts of physicians, medical students and alliance members who are dedicated to creating and nurturing a caring health promotion and disease prevention environment by providing service on behalf of patients everywhere. Other winners include: Sen. Ralph S. Northam, M.D., of Norfolk, for his Service on behalf of all Virginians; Parker C. Dooley, M.D., of Nassawadox, for his Service on behalf of the Uninsured and Underserved; and John Gerard Kenerson, M.D., and Lisbet M. Hanson, MC, of Virginia Beach, for their Service to the International Community.
Learn more about Ryan and Wehman at the Medical Society of Virginia’s Web site.