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University of Maryland School of Medicine Medical Students Celebrate Thanksgiving by Helping Baltimore's Neediest

November 30, 2017

Diners had choices such as corn or green beans, potatoes or stuffing, or all of the above to go with their turkey.

Annual Event Serves 400 Meals to Baltimoreans in Need

For the 28th year in a row, on November 23, 2017 students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and other University of Maryland Baltimore schools provided a Thanksgiving meal and more for some of Baltimore’s neediest. Students, faculty and staff from the medical school, as well as other University of Maryland Baltimore schools, gathered at Booker T. Washington Middle School on Thanksgiving to serve a meal and provide free clothing and food to those in need, including children. Medical students also took blood pressure readings. Over 400 meals were served and 150 volunteers took part in this Baltimore tradition.

‌“We want to help Baltimoreans in need, with resources, donations, and food, more so than ever this year,” said Project Feast co-coordinator Lillian Assatourian.

The event is just one of many community outreach efforts by UMSOM, including the Mini-Med School, as well as several student volunteer projects such as the CURE Scholars Program and CommUNITY Fest.

The project collaborated with Promise Heights, a University of Maryland School of Social Work initiative at Booker T. Washington Middle School.

Project Feast is not the only community outreach efforts by UMSOM. For the past 15 years, it has offered Mini-Med School, which teaches health and medicine to residents of the communities surrounding UM SOM. The program teaches both adults and children about important health issues, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The program has taught more than 1,500 participants. The kids’ summer program has been going on for the past eight years.

The UMSOM chapter of Student National Medical Association also puts on Community Fest, which offers a range of health screenings and resources to people in Baltimore; the Student Sight Savers Project, which offers optometry screenings to those who cannot afford it; and Ventanilla de Salud, which gives physicals to Hispanic children.

‌About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Commemorating its 210th Anniversary, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and nearly $450 million in extramural funding, with more than half of its academic departments ranked in the top 20 among all public medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has a total budget of $5 billion and an economic impact of nearly $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th-highest public medical school in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit

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