M.D./M.P.H. Student Michael Maguire Wins National Leadership Award

Third-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire, M.S., is a 2014 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s esteemed Leadership Award. The national award recognizes Maguire for his excellence in community service, advocacy and education, and includes special training to develop his skills as a future leader.

The AMA Foundation honored Maguire at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards celebration on June 6 in Chicago.

“I am really humbled to have received this award and excited for the training and networking opportunities that come with it,” Maguire said. “Working with the American Medical Association and the World Health Organization have been incredible adjuvants for my medical education, but it has been programs like DOCS at the University of Miami that I have been the most passionate about.”

An avid public health advocate, Maguire was accepted to the highly competitive Program on Global Policy and Governance Global Health Fellows Program, offered through Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He gained invaluable global health experience in Geneva, Switzerland, as an intern at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he made significant contributions to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.

After his eight-week internship, Maguire remained active with WHO as a consultant for a year. He also served on the American Medical Association’s Committee on Global and Public Health, which educates medical students on current domestic and global health issues and engages them in public health initiatives.

At the Miller School, Maguire’s interests in primary care, health policy and administration led him to the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS), a student-run organization that, through free health fairs stretching from the Florida Keys to Broward County, provides care to nearly 2,000 patients annually. Supervised by Miller School faculty, the students also provide long-term primary and specialized care at free health clinics in Overtown and Little Haiti – two of Miami’s most underserved communities.

During his first two years of medical school, Maguire served as project manager of the San Juan Bosco Clinic in Overtown, and last year he joined the DOCS Executive Board.

Now on the Miller School’s Regional Medical Campus as part of the combined four-year M.D./M.P.H. program, Maguire is forging a new partnership with Caridad Center to establish a student-run clinic to serve the Center’s 6,000 uninsured and underserved patients in Palm Beach County.

“Michael is a very deserving recipient of one of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2014 Leadership Awards,” said Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D., professor of medicine and Regional Dean for Medical Education. “His work with the World Health Organization on malaria control, and his very meaningful involvement with DOCS has demonstrated his strong and passionate commitment to improving health and health access for those most in need. He is a leader among his peers, and this prestigious award recognizes both his accomplishments and his extremely bright and unlimited future in community service and public health.”

Maguire, who received his master’s degree in physiology and biophysics at Georgetown University, has already made an indelible impact on medical education. In collaboration with faculty mentors and peers, he has made seminal contributions to several new fourth-year rotations at the Miller School, including an elective for medical education and a public health clerkship that will be mandatory for M.D./M.P.H. students.

“The support I have received from faculty and other student leaders has enabled so much of my own personal growth,” Maguire said. “I think it will continue to help me in my future career as a public health physician and leader.”

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