Awards and Recognitions


Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), whose graduates so often serve on the front lines of community health, is recognized for its social mission, outstanding community engagement across its research, education, clinical, and service initiatives. Most notably, MSM also holds the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designations (2010 classification and 2015 reclassification) in community engagement, representing a commitment to improving teaching and learning and producing research that makes a difference in communities. Carnegie CEC Seal


MSM Receives AAMC Spencer Forman Finalists Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Association of American Medical Colleges announced the 2018 recipients of the association’s annual awards at “Learn Serve Lead 2018,” their annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The event honored individuals and institutions making significant contributions to medical education, research, clinical care, and community service.

Morehouse School of Medicine’s executive leadership, faculty, and staff were in attendance as guests saw examples of MSM’s engagement in the community captured in the video below. 


Morehouse School of Medicine Recognized for Social Mission

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Award for Institutional Excellence in Social Mission was presented to MSM during the Beyond Flexner 2016 Conference in Miami, Florida on Sept. 19. The purpose of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Awards is to recognize outstanding social mission leadership in health professions education.

“The award really acknowledges the commitment by students, staff and faculty to our core purposes: improving the health of those who need it most, diversifying the health care workforce, advancing primary care and ultimately creating and advancing health equity,” said President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D.

This was not the first time MSM had been lauded for carrying out such efforts, which are the bedrock of the institution.

·         In 2010, the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked MSM number one in social mission of all medical schools in the U.S. The ranking looked at the output of graduates who practice primary care, work in health professional shortage areas and are underrepresented minorities—factors considered critical in improving the nation’s overall health.

·         The 2011 W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded study Beyond Flexner noted that “(The MSM mission) is embedded in their curriculum, demonstrated in their community service, and exhibited in their patient interactions.”

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Award further affirms that MSM, through its actions, is true to its commitment to serve the underserved.

“Social mission is defined as activities or initiatives that teach, model, or improve community engagement, diversity, disparities reduction, value based care, or engagement with the social determinants of health,” reads the award announcement from the Milken Institute School of Public Health and the Beyond Flexner Alliance. “Social mission enhancement means making programs not only better, but fairer.”

Morehouse School of Medicine Wins Atlanta Public Schools 
2016-17 School-Based Partner of the Year

On October 26th, 2016, at the Atlanta Public Schools "APyeS! Awards," Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) was named the 2016-17 “School-Based Partner of the Year” for its partnership with Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy. The award recognizes the organization voted as the most committed school-based partner within the 11 high school "clusters" in the Atlanta Public School District. Two months ago, MSM was named the "Partner of the Year" for the Booker T. Washington High School cluster, which made it a finalist for the top honor.

Special thanks goes to Lincoln Woods III, Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy's principal, for nominating MSM and allowing it to be a part of the lives of his students. MSM faculty, staff and learners have worked tirelessly to uphold the mission of the institution, and Dr. Rita Finley and her team in the Office of Educational Outreach and Health Careers have done an outstanding job managing this extraordinary pipeline partnership.

Additional national and local recognitions, include:

  • The Prevention Research Centers Best Practice in Community-Based Participatory Research Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011
  • The 2005 Outstanding Educational Program Award from the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
  • Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Award in 2002
  • The 1999 Association of American Medical Colleges Community Service Award
  • “Health Care Hero” awards from the Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • An “A+” award from the Atlanta Public Schools
  • The 2010 Joseph D. Greene Award in community service from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.