The Role of Faculty in Community Engagement

Paul Aravich, Ph.D

PhotographPaul Aravich, PhD is a Professor at EVMS dedicated to using community service to promote altruism and duty in students, and is involved with multiple award-winning community service efforts.  Dr. Aravich has received numerous accolades for his community service efforts and notable distinctions include AOA Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award and recognition from the AAMC for an EVMS partnership with local Huntington's disease advocates.  He is co-director of the EVMS/Sentara Mini-Medical School program cited by the NIH Office of Science Education as innovative.   Dr. Aravich organizes preclinical interprofessional teaching panels for serious neurological psychiatric disorders that involve community members, caregivers, local advocacy groups, and veterans.

Community Engagement

The Flexner ethic speaks to the notion of health care professionals being, "social change agents and leaders for the greater good of the community."  National standards for community engagement exist including:

  • American Association of Medical College (AAMC) Attributes of Professionalism 
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Triple Aim
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations to promote: community links, social support, public health and coordination of care
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME): Interprofessional Standard (ED-19-A) and Service Learning Standard (IS-14-A)

At the end of the professional development byte you will:

  • Relate the basic characteristics of community engagement type activities
  • Describe an activity that involves community engagement
  • Identify the four AAMC attributes of professionalism

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The Role of Faculty in Community Engagement  (CME Credit)

The Role of Faculty in Community Engagement (Non-CME Credit)


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  3. Heathly People 2020

Release date: June 01, 2016

Expiration date: May 31, 2019

Dr. Aravich has disclosed he has no relevant financial relationships