Wayne State University Scholar Named Outstanding Medical Student in Michigan

July 24, 2021Anthony Seely, of Grosse Pointe Shores, was recognized with the 2021 Outstanding Medical Student in Michigan Award during Michigan Academy of Family Physicians’ annual awards celebration, live-streamed on July 24.

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.

Anthony has a strong desire to pursue a career in family medicine and is recognized as one who goes above and beyond in his clinical skills, effective patient-centered care-team collaboration, and relationships with patients, whom he treats as people not numbers.

“Family medicine is one of the few fields that encompasses the entirety of the human condition. You can deliver a baby and speak at a funeral in the same day. Experiencing such an intimate connection with patients is what made family medicine stand out to me when considering which specialty to pursue,” he said.

In addition to his clinical and academic achievements, Anthony’s leadership is to be commended. He is an engaged volunteer who is dedicated to improving the wellness of his community. Beginning when he was in high school in Detroit and continuing for nearly a decade, Anthony was involved with the local Manna Community Meal, Gleaners Food Bank, and Neighborhood Service Organization.

Upon entering medical school, he joined Detroit Street Medicine, whose mission is to ensure access to quality medical care for Detroit’s unreached and service-resistant homeless population. During his first two years of medical school, Anthony spent hundreds of hours leading street runs to provide local outreach and host patient seminars to educate the community on common medical problems. He ultimately served as director of patient care for Street Medicine Detroit, identifying high-risk patients and coordinating specialized care plans with multiple organizations.

Anthony is beginning his fourth and final year of medical school.

“The best advice I can give to incoming medical students is to get involved early in something you are passionate about. Street Medicine gave me a chance to meet so many wonderful people and hear their stories. It made me realize how much I valued longitudinal care long before my clerkships began,” he said.