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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Terrence Steyer

For Terrence E. Steyer, MD, the Clinical Scholars Program was an invaluable way to meet contacts that impacted his career on many different levels. Referred to the Program by several of his mentors, Dr. Steyer applied and was accepted as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar.

Terrence E. Steyer, MD, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  Following a one-year term as National President of the American Medical Student Association, Steyer spent two years at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as a Clinical Scholar.

Always passionate about health care reform, improving medical education and helping individuals to gain a better understanding of health care disparities, Steyer focused his Clinical Scholar research on Medicare reimbursement for complementary and alternative health care services. “We conducted a national survey and also a few state-wide surveys. Our findings were interesting. We learned that it appeared that Medicare was more influenced by politics than by medical research and findings.”

For Steyer, one of the most valuable things about the Program was the leadership development opportunities it offered. “Anyone who is thinking of pursuing leadership development will benefit immensely from participation in the Clinical Scholars Program. It’s first in its kind.”

After completing the Clinical Scholars Program, Dr. Steyer spent the next four years conducting intense clinical research. After this, Dr. Steyer learned that he was passionate about health policy research and leadership development. Currently, he is an associate professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Steyer is an active clinician and educator whose research efforts focus on leadership development and medical education.

An accomplished clinician and educator, Dr. Steyer is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group and Academy Health. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of STFM as the Legislative Affairs Committee Chair and is a prior member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. In addition, he was project director for the Leadership Seminar Series, a program of the American Medical Student Association Foundation funded by the Division of Medicine, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Services and Resource Administration. In this role, Dr. Steyer trained primary care medical and dental residents and faculty about issues in public health and leadership. 

Steyer credits the Clinical Scholars program with providing him the opportunity to build relationships with brilliant colleagues, outstanding faculty and top leaders in the health care field. “The Program’s national meeting gives you the chance for one-on-one interaction that you just can’t get anywhere else.”

Steyer would definitely recommend the Clinical Scholars Program. “The opportunities are exceptional. The networking is second to none. The skills I learned as a Clinical Scholars still impact the work I do every day.”

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