Midwestern University (MWU) recently announced the winners of the 2008 Littlejohn Awards. These awards were created in honor of three physician brothers, the Littlejohns (John Martin, James, and David), who in 1900 founded the American College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery, which later became the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (MWU's founding college). Since 2000, three Littlejohn Awards have been presented annually by Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., MWU President & CEO, to honor outstanding contributions of faculty, staff, and alumni to the community, the health professions, and the University. This year's winners are alumnus Mike Harmon, M.H.P.E., faculty member Howard Shulman, D.O., and staff member Erik Carroll.
Mike Harmon, M.H.P.E., is a 2003 graduate of MWU's Master of Health Professions Education program and a local educator/paramedic for Air Evac. Since graduation, he has been a role model for community service and an outstanding advocate for MWU. He chairs the MWU Glendale Alumni Association, volunteers at the annual fundraising gala for student scholarships, and works continuously to give back to the community. "You need to consider yourselves blessed to have gotten the opportunity to have the education you have," he said. "I decided I'm going to do what I can to help. It's easy - you can get involved and it really does mean something."
Howard Shulman, D.O., FACP, FACOI, is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in MWU's Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM). He joined the faculty in 1998, was named Associate Dean in 2007, and has been instrumental in establishing training opportunities for medical students and expanding the class size. Dr. Shulman maintained a private internal medicine practice in Glendale from 1985-2000, is very active with local and national health care policy issues, and is a strong advocate for diabetes education. Dr. Goeppinger noted that throughout his time at MWU, Dr. Shulman has "never said no, and has sometimes had three jobs at once! And he has clearly loved MWU since the moment he arrived."
Erik Carroll is the Director of Information Technology Services for both of MWU's campuses in Glendale, AZ, and Downers Grove, IL. He was selected for this honor, said Dr. Goeppinger, because he is one of the few people who "make a difference in the whole university, who have moved the University beyond what we thought was possible." Mr. Carroll joined the MWU staff at the Downers Grove Campus in 1996, and has taken on ever-increasing responsibilities to improve the day-to-day business and communication tools of the entire campus family. "It is more important to really listen to people's needs than just to the technology piece alone," he says.
Congratulations to this year's award winners for their outstanding representation of MWU and the health care community.
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