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Class of 1967 Altruism Award Application

Class of 1967 Altruism Award Application

As part of their 50th Medical School Reunion in 2017, the Class of 1967 established the Altruism Award in recognition of the lifelong service of their classmate, Joseph F. Smiddy, MD. A pulmonologist by training, Dr. Smiddy graduated from CCS Tractor Trailer School and obtained a CDL license in order to drive tractor trailer medical mission vehicles. He is currently the Medical Director of The Health Wagon based in Wise, Virginia. The organization traverses the steep mountains of Appalachia providing free medical care to 9,000 indigent patients. Dr. Smiddy has also made over 40 medical mission trips to Belize and worked in India and Peru.

This award will be presented to a fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated selfless service to the medically underserved. Recipients will be chosen for displaying reasonable self-sacrifice and generosity in serving others. The recipient will receive a cash award of $6,400 and a framed certificate.

To apply for the Class of 1967 Altruism Award, please submit your online entry below.

** The application period for the 2023 award will be open from July 18-August 15, 2022. The award recipient will be announced in early September.**

  • About the Applicant

  • Qualifications

    This award will also be presented to a fourth year UVA medical student who has demonstrated selfless service to the medically underserved. Recipients will be chosen for displaying reasonable self-sacrifice and generosity in serving others.
  • Letter of Recommendation

    Please upload a letter of recommendation.
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    • Signature

      By typing my name below, I certify that all the information provided in this application is accurate and is subject to review by the Award Selection Committee.