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The Salber-Phillips Award recognizes medical students who have completed community-oriented projects that improve the health or well being of older adults, 65 years of age or older. This award honors Drs. Salber and Phillips and their commitment to the health of all people, especially in rural and underserved communities.

Drs. Eva Salber and Harry Phillips were physicians whose lives together began in Cape Town, South Africa, when they were in medical school. Together they served in many communities in South Africa. They practiced in London and Boston before coming to Chapel Hill. Dr. Salber was a professor of family and community medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Their careers were epitomized by their empathy and compassion and the depth of their commitment to the health of all people, particularly those who are disregarded and underserved. Their work endeavored to address the social, political, and economic determinants of health and disease and was characterized by a broad community-based approach to health.

Award Recipients Will Receive

  • A plaque
  • A book entitled, “The Mind is Not the Heart: Recollections of a Woman Physician” written by Dr. Eva Salber
  • Monetary award (up to $1000.00 may be given)

In addition, the recipient will have the opportunity to submit a poster of their work at Community Service Day.

Eligibility for the Award

Second, third, or fourth year UNC medical students in good standing.

Eligible Projects

  • In-depth information on existing services or systems for the elderly
  • Conducting quantitative or qualitative research regarding older adults
  • Offering a community service to the elderly

Project settings may include, but are not limited to, interdisciplinary geriatric assessment centers; hospices; long-term care facilities; senior centers, and local, state, national and international health agencies or programs that serve elderly people.

Students who wish to participate should contact the Salber-Phillips Coordinator, Sharletta Hooks at 919-445-6764 or