Advancing Community-Engaged Research

Advancing Community-Engaged Research
March 1, 2018 7:33 pm

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) was recognized as a finalist in the “Community Engagement and Community Service” category for the esteemed Spencer Foreman Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Each year, two finalists are recognized along with the recipient. Notably, MCW is the only medical school to have been recognized more than once as one of the top three institutions. MCW was the recipient of the inaugural Spencer Foreman Award in 2006.

Dr. Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, is the lead for the Milwaukee Prevention of Opioid Misuse through Peer Training (PROMPT) Clinical Scholars team. Dr. Ahmed and his teammates in the program are using a community-engaged research framework to help prevent opioid-related deaths. The framework emphasizes community stakeholder involvement in all phases of the research, including project/concept development, data collection, and interpretation and dissemination of the results.

“Our Clinical Scholars team is eager to apply community-engaged research methodologies to address the wicked problem of opioid misuse, and it’s an honor to be recognized nationally by AAMC for community engagement,” says Ahmed. “It is my hope that through increased awareness of community-engaged research, more medical students and clinicians will be inspired to learn about community-engaged research and apply this approach in their research.”

Drug overdose is recognized as a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In Milwaukee County, drug overdose deaths related to opioids increased from 144 deaths in 2012 to 231 deaths in 2015.

Learn more about Dr. Syed Ahmed and the other members of his team by visiting their project page.