Meet the Inaugural Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship Recipient, Ashley Smith!
The MedEvac Foundation International is pleased to announce the inaugural Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship, sponsored by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. The Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship is awarded to an emerging leader in the critical care transport field who actively contributes to the leadership of the medical transport community and/or who demonstrates a commitment to improving patient care through research in the critical care transport industry.
For 2017, the Dr. Suzanne Wedel Scholarship Program will cover one scholarship to the MTLI Graduate School to be held April 23 – April 28 in Oglebay, West Virginia.
The total amount of the award is $2500.
- The scholarship criteria are as follows:
- Active involvement in air medical transport as either an aviation or healthcare related professional.
- Commitment to improving air medical transport.
- Membership in the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS).If your organization is a member of AAMS, you are a member of AAMS.
If you are uncertain, please contact the AAMS/MedEvac Foundation office at 703-836-8732.
- Completed application, which will include four required short essay questions, letter of support from your supervisor and your résumé.
Dr. Wedel was a native of Kansas, who performed her critical care fellowship at Shock Trauma of Baltimore, also known as Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. After completing her fellowship, she moved to Boston with her husband, Dr. Alasdair Conn. Dr. Wedel worked at Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital before assuming the role of CEO and medical director of Boston MedFlight for the next 26 years. Under her tutelage and guidance, Boston MedFlight became one of the premier life flight programs in the country and grew from one helicopter to four, with an expansion into critical care ground transport and long distance transfers by dedicated fixed wing aircraft that transport more than 3,500 patients a year.
Dr. Wedel was a decisive leader, patient advocate, strong activist of critical care transport as a specialty and a recognized expert in her field. A career intensivist, she helped create the industry in which she became so well-known, working tirelessly to help bring tertiary-quality care out to critically ill and injured patients, where and when they need it. She was passionate about high quality patient care in a safe environment for patients and crews. Following Suzanne’s diagnosis in late 2012, she used her tenacity and leadership to become an outspoken advocate for awareness and early detection and research in ovarian cancer.
Sadly, Dr. Suzanne Wedel passed away from ovarian cancer on March 30, 2016. The MedEvac Foundation, in partnership with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, is proud to continue the education of future industry leaders in Dr. Wedel’s name.