Ann Smith is responsible for the Primary Care Pathway Program (PCPP). This is a collaboration with TCOM, the University of North Texas, Midland (Texas) College and Midland Memorial Hospital to recruit medical students, educate and place needed physicians in the Midland-Odessa region.
Her nominator says, “She works diligently to identify and advise students who might not otherwise think of going to medical school because of the many financial and social barriers community college students face in going to medical school.”
To make herself available to participants, Smith works varying hours, day and night. She goes well beyond the normal scope of duties to identify resources that help these pipeline students.
“As a result of this effort, this program has grown immensely and has great potential for future success,” her nominator says. “Anyone associated with this effort knows Ann is the catalyst that drives this program forward.”
For example, “if they have issues with their financial aid, Ann is there to help facilitate a timely solution,” her nominator says. “If students need to reach out and talk to someone about their challenges, Ann makes herself available.”
Her contributions to PCPP include creating a professional development course to help students better understand the practice of medicine and how to apply to medical school, working with the program’s budget to identify funds for additional scholarships, and educating Midland College faculty on how to develop a pre-medical track.
“From the moment Ann took this position, she had a vision of seeing this as a comprehensive pre-professional pipeline program starting with Midland College with the final stop being the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine,” says her nominator. “Not only does she build and prepare activities, she also develops a plan that can be used in future years with training materials and planning documents. This will help as our office will continue to add similar programs with other institutions in the state of Texas.”
Nominator: Mike Kennedy