CSPM Students Win National Grant

CSPM Students Win National Grant


Megan Allen (left) and Lacey Beth Peck (right), students at The California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt University (SMU), were recipients of a $1,000 national grant from the American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association (APMSA) this spring.

The grant, issued from the APMSA’s Corporate Advisory Board, is to be used by students “to sponsor/host an event or project that will enhance education at a podiatric medical college.”

To that end, Allen and Peck have already decided which two events they’ll help support:

On Thursday, January 15, the students will help organize the American Association for Women Podiatrists dinner panel, which is an educational event for students and their families regarding their journey to a podiatric career. The event, which is open to all SMU students, will be held in Bechtel Hall from 6-8pm.

The second event is a medical mission at the U.S.-Mexico border. In mid-March, 24 podiatry students and four Family Nurse Practitioner students from SMU’s School of Nursing, will travel to San Ysidro, California, where they will provide free health screenings and services to the underserved community. The grant will help pay for travel and hotel expenses.

“This is a great way for students to get hands-on experience working in underserved communities,” Allen said. “It prepares us for what to expect as future podiatrists.”

“We’re grateful the grant is helping us further our education,” Peck said. “We’re happy these events will also help benefit the SMU community at large.”

photo: Megan Allen and Lacey Beth Peck pictured with Dr. Timothy Dutra