The flagship Aesculapians Honor Society has raised $12,000 for Brilliant Detroit, the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s favorite charity for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The Aesculapians Honor Society is a student-run organization dedicated to impacting the Detroit community through service. Its mission is to reduce health inequalities in the community through service, and by extension, to improve the health of the city. Each year, students from each class are nominated to join the group based on their involvement in numerous student groups and initiatives for the betterment of both Detroit and the School of Medicine.
The group partners annually with a local organization that works for the people of Detroit, named the Community Partner of the Year. Brilliant Detroit is a 501c3 nonprofit that works to provide families with children ages 8 and up with what they need to be school-ready, healthy and stable by providing programming and support in Brilliant Detroit homes in high need neighborhoods . In addition to Lampoon’s proceeds, The Aesculapians raised an additional $1,013.30 for Brilliant Detroit through its annual fundraising initiatives.
“Despite a plethora of COVID restrictions, as a group we were able to volunteer with them on a number of personal and outside initiatives. It’s critical that we worked year-round to raise funds for a bulk donation at the end of our longstanding interaction,” said Aesculapians former co-chair Marissa Ray, MD, who graduated with the Class of 2022 in June.
For more information about Brilliant Detroit and its mission, visit www.brilliantdetroit.org.
Held virtually in 2020 and 2021, Lampoon returned to the Majestic Theater in Detroit on March 12. Lampoon events have been hosted by students of the School of Medicine for decades and serve as a fun outlet for medical students to write and produce skits and parodies to playfully mock the trials and tribulations encountered during the various stages of the medical school experience.
(Lampoon 2022’s YouTube skit playlist is now available here.)
Each class year produces independent content based on their own experiences, while The Aesculapians’ Lampoon Coordinators – this year they were Michael Moentmann, MD, Class of 2022; Kenan Alhayek, class of 2023; and MD-Ph.D. student Rafael Ramos – produce their own content and organize the show around a theme.
The Lampoon 2022 show was titled “Somewhere over the WayneBow”, which was inspired by and a parody of the classic MGM musical “The Wizard of Oz”. The show mainly involved watching pre-recorded comedy and musical skits from all four classes, as well as skits from “Somewhere over the WayneBow” produced by members of Aesculapians.
“Lampoon is a great way to meet other medical students and creatively collaborate with your friends to create really fun skits, and it’s great that it’s all for a good cause,” said Chelsea Yu, creative co-leader of the Class of 2025’s content and newly inducted member of the Aesculapians, “I’m already so excited for next year’s Lampoon.”
Despite the difficulties of the past academic year, including issues surrounding the COVID-19 Omicron variant peak in early 2022, the leadership and membership of the 2021-2022 Aesculapians strived to bring back the personal tradition, especially since Lampoon 2019’s last personal show before the pandemic.
“With the support of the School of Medicine and our wonderful event coordinators from the Majestic Theater in downtown Detroit, we made the event a reality,” said former Aesculapians Co-Chairman Daniel Harris, MD, Class of 2022.
Video sketches such as “Scenes from the Wizard of Oz” featuring a medical school flare, a musical parody titled “I’ll Make a Doc Outta You” which parodies the title track from Disney’s “Mulan”, and a “The Bachelor”- style selection show called “The Matchelor” were enjoyed by over 280 attendees.
The show opened with a speech from Cindy Eggleton, co-founder and chief executive officer of Brilliant Detroit, who explained her group’s mission and expressed her gratitude for the students’ volunteer and fundraising efforts.
The show also included the presentation of the Lamp Award to Associate Professor of Pathology Barbara Bosch, Ph.D., and the Staff Award to Undergraduate Medical Education Learning Spaces Coordinator Scott Nelsen, labeled by students as fundamentally critical to their survival in various environments. aspects of their medical school experience.
“Despite work and a few sleepless nights, it was really special to be able to help organize and enjoy this event with members of my entry-level medical school class before they graduate,” said Ramos. “If MD-Ph.D. in Engineering, I’m a bit separated from life in the School of Medicine, and I’m glad this is my ongoing bridge to the ins and outs of this school. I am very pleased that we have been able to breathe new life into the tradition and I hope that Lampoon 2023 will be uniquely fantastic.”
Learn more about The Aesculapians Honor Society at www.aesculapians.org