Dr. Richard Christensen Student Service Grant

Dick Christensen Student Service Grant

UF Chapman Chapter of the GHHS

“The practice of medicine is a moral endeavor that is grounded in a covenant of care.”

Dick Christensen, MD, MA, was a psychiatrist and professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He spent a major part of his career caring for patients suffering from chronic mental illness and homelessness in Jacksonville, FL at the Sulzbacher Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Christensen educated many medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty who have gone on to teach countless other trainees over the years and was awarded UFCOM’s highest teaching honor, the Hippocratic Award, as well as multiple exemplary teacher awards. He daily treated those most ignored by society and made his patients as well as those around him truly feel his statement, “I see you, I hear you, you are not invisible.” His life was cut short by a motor vehicle accident while serving on a Habitat for Humanity build in Zambia Thanksgiving, 2015.

The UF Chapman Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society would like to honor Dick’s legacy with a student service grant in his name. UFCOM medical students years 1-3 are invited to apply for a scholarship that will support them in a service project dedicated to promoting humanism in medicine. Examples include projects to benefit free clinics, health outreach trips, completing a means assessment for social history when interviewing inpatients, promoting inpatient team use of character traits within the ID section of oral presentations, etc. Scholarships will typically be in the range of $3,000, one awarded each academic year. Projects will be performed with a UF Health Science Center faculty advisor. Students must write and submit a PROGRESS REPORT upon completion of their project, and will be expected to pursue publication, presentation, or adoption of their project in a clinical setting.   The Board of the UF Chapman Chapter of the GHHS can help identify possible faculty advisors and will review the applications to select a recipient yearly.  If your project is accepted into the program you will receive an acceptance letter that you must reply to acknowledging that you are accepting the scholarship money.


The Proposal Application should be submitted electronically to aturner@ufl.edu, should only be approx. 3 pages and MUST contain the following:

  • Project Title
  • Student Name
  • Faculty Mentor Name and contact information
  • Record of IRB training
  • Background and Significance (2 to 3 paragraphs)
  • Hypothesis and Rational (1 paragraph)
  • Specific Aims (1 paragraph)
  • Timeline for completion of project (especially relevant for non-first year/MSRP students)
  • Methods and Materials ( 2 to 3 paragraphs)
  • Role of Medical Student (1 paragraph)
  • References ( 5 to 10 citations)
  • The Student’s and Mentor’s signatures