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Not for publication Jan. 27, 1999 -- No. 64


2:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30
Kenan Center, UNC-CH campus

UNC School of Medicine to salute students and service

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine will celebrate community service Saturday (Jan. 30) at its fifth annual Preceptor Celebration and Community Service Day from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the Kenan Center.

The celebration includes the induction of 39 medical students into the Eugene S. Mayer Community Service Honor Society, an organization that recognizes UNC-CH medical students who have contributed time and energy to serving their communities during medical school.

As a requirement for induction, students created poster presentations of their service projects to be displayed throughout the day. Poster topics include volunteering at the Alamance County Open Door Clinic, creating an asthma education program in Boston and improving the health of native tribes in Montana.

Besides the poster displays, four students will narrate slide presentations of their community service work at 3:45 p.m.

Those presentations will be followed with an address by Dr. Hugh Tilson, senior medical adviser for health affairs at Glaxo Wellcome and former state public health director. Tilson is credited with founding the field of pharmacoepidemiology, the study of medicine’s role in human health.

To be selected for membership in the Mayer Society, students must show individual initiative and substantial work on a community service project that addresses a health issue and demonstrates relevance to his or her professional and educational development. Inductees are expected to promote community service involvement to other students and preceptors.

For more information about Community Service Day or the Mayer Society, call Claire Lorch at 919-966-2917.

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School of Medicine contact: Lynn Wooten, 919-966-6046 or