Aequitas Health Honor Society
The National Aequitas Health Honor Society was formed in 2021 to recognize a society of fellows dedicated to engaging in work rooted in improving health equity, anti-racism, and community engagement. The inaugural chapter was formed at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in 2021. The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Chapter was formed in 2023.
At LCOM, Aequitas Fellows are students, trainees, and fellows who are committed to addressing health disparities in their communities and center anti-racism in their efforts. Their peers have recognized them individuals who have a deep understanding of social medicine and the structural causes of inequities, are very capable of learning with humility, and are excellent collaborators.
Inducted UVM Larner Aequitas Health Fellows...
To identify, recognize, and develop future physician leaders to address the glaring health inequities that exist in our society today.
Chapters will recognize no more than 10% of the rising fourth-year medical student class as well as 1-2 faculty members and trainees, annually. Recognized medical students, trainees, and faculty will be identified as Aequitas Health Honor Society Fellows.
Aequitas Fellows are nominated by peers via an anonymous survey. The top 25% of the rising fourth year class will be invited to apply to be a Fellow, based on the peer nomination survey results.
All submitted applications are blinded, and the Honors Society Faculty Advisors score the applications. The top 10 highest scoring applicants are then invited to interview for a final selection of Aequitas Health Fellows.
The Aequitas Health Honor Society Selection Committee reviews all finalists' applications and interviews for final selection.
Social Medicine and Community Partnerships
We envision that Aequitas Health Fellows will be leaders in cultivating longitudinal partnerships between community organizations and the Larner College of Medicine, which will advance causes that address disparities in health in our communities.
Aequitas Health Honor Society Fellows will have the opportunity to publish online research, thought pieces, commentaries, and other works through the online Aequitas Health Journal