MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Student Named Outstanding Medical Student in Michigan

August 8, 2020—Jaclyn Israel, of Huntington Woods, was recognized with the 2020 Outstanding Medical Student in Michigan award by Michigan Academy of Family Physicians’ during its annual awards celebration, live-streamed on Aug. 8 due to COVID-19.

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians—the largest medical specialty organization in the state representing and led by family physicians—presents this distinguished award to medical students in recognition of academic excellence, leadership, community service, and dedication to pursuing a career as a family physician.

Jaclyn has been a steadfast family medicine candidate since she entered Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. She was named an MSU Engaged Scholar in Fall 2019, performed extremely well on clinical rotations at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City this past year, and received outstanding reviews from preceptors for her medical knowledge, recognition of the role of a patient’s social determinants of health, and expertise in osteopathic manipulation. She is beginning her fourth and final year of medical school.

In addition to her academic achievements, Jaclyn’s leadership is to be commended. She has volunteered at Tumaini Center in Detroit, partnering with a team of dedicated physician preceptors to provide primary healthcare at no cost to uninsured and underinsured patients. She also volunteered with Future Docs, an MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine initiative that offers guided interactive activities for high school students to explore careers in medicine.

Currently, Jaclyn is on the senior advisory board of Detroit Street Care, a student-led volunteer organization that provides no-cost care to unhoused Detroit citizens in their environment. Here, she was instrumental in developing a program for disseminating Narcan kits and training community members on how to use them in the battle against the opioid epidemic.

“For a medical student to take the initiative on a project that so directly impacts our patients is incredible,” said her Detroit Street Care faculty advisor, Richard Bryce, DO. He went on to share that through Detroit Street Care, Jaclyn has shown her passion to take care of those less fortunate, which will make her an excellent physician in the future.

“She is a true family physician and will give everything she has to give the best care to her patients and the communities she serves,” he said.

Jaclyn has also held leadership roles at the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Michigan Chapter, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Student American Academy of Osteopathy, and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, serving on its wellness committee.

With a desire to bring her passion for family medicine and her experience in leadership within the osteopathic community to Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, Jaclyn applied and was recently elected to serve as the student representative on the MAFP Board of Directors. She was also appointed by the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Board of Trustees to serve as student delegate at American Academy of Family Physicians' 2020 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, July 30-Aug. 1.  

Jaclyn continues to demonstrate care for Michiganders through research projects on rural homelessness and opioid prescribing in rural emergency rooms, and helping to launch a street medicine program in Traverse City.

“I am thrilled and honored to have been selected by the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians as the Outstanding Medical Student of the Year. I look forward to completing my studies, getting out into the field, and caring for the amazing people living in Michigan,” said Jaclyn.