by Kiran Munir, Staff Writer
American Medical Association of Benedictine University will be hosting the 4th annual AMSA 5K on April 7th. Every year, Benedictine University holds a 5K Fun Run in the spring to support HomeCare Physicians. HomeCare Physicians is a nationally recognized medical house call program for homebound patients, and all the funds raised are contributed to reduce hospitalization costs for homebound patients.
AMSA president Faiza Choudhry described the event as what defines one of the most important purposes of AMSA: being a physician in training by participating in this compassionate cause.
“HomeCare Physicians, under the leadership of Dr. Cornwell, strives to provide quality care to homebound patients,” stated Choudhry. The funds raised through AMSA 5K for the past two years have been used to provide sufficient funds for a patient to treat her cataracts in both eyes. Likewise, the funds from the first AMSA 5K were used to help a patient with mobility difficulties. Choudhry has been part of the AMSA 5K planning committee for the past three years: as an intern volunteer coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and this year as president.
According to the AMSA president, this year some of the homebound patients may actually join the 5K on wheel-chairs, amongst the 100 runners that are expected to participate.
A person does not have to be a runner to participate; in fact, volunteers to help with the set up and control traffic, as well as registered EMT’s are also needed for the 5K.
“I participated last year as a volunteer and made sure people stayed hydrated during the race and this year plan to participate as licensed EMT,” stated Brett Hoskins, AMSA treasurer. “It is a unique program in which physicians travel to a patient’s home to deliver care which helps keep patient’s fees and hospitalization costs down,” explained Hoskins.
In the past, teachers have been supportive of the program by giving extra credit to their students who participate in the race.
“Last year, I was in Dr. Sarathy’s physiology class, and she offered extra credit for running in the 5K,” claimed Marihan Hegazy, AMSA volunteer coordinator. According to Choudhry, Dr. Sarathy not only encouraged her students to participate last year, but actually came out with her family to partake in the event. This year many other professors are expected to attend the event.
The greatness of this event requires extensive planning ahead of time; this is why four 5K interns are selected every year from the AMSA members to help the two volunteer coordinators with the preparations. The four volunteer coordinators this year are Jermeen Wadie, Andriana Saric, Sandya George, and Zack Oesterreicher. According to the AMSA volunteer coordinators, interns are doing a great job and are working hard to make the 5K a great success.
Once again, the event will be held on Sunday, April 7th, 2013 at 9:00 am at Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University. Registration for the race can be done by going to the following link www.ben.edu/AMSA5K or stopping by the AMSA table in Kindlon Atrium on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The early bird registration of $20 ends on March 10th. Afterwards, the regular registration can be done up until the day of the race or on-site for $25. Donations are also being accepted at the registration link or race day.
Prizes will be awarded for the first three positions (male and female runners separately). AMSA will also have numerous raffle prizes for the runners. Additionally, the first 100 registered runners will receive a free t-shirt.