Medals4Mettle in Medical Education

Benefits for everybody: the recipients, the donors, the volunteers and the families.


Medals4Mettle Founder, Dr Steven F. Isenberg, featured in Runner’s World magazine.


University Of Louisville School of Medicine (ULSOM) medical students prior to running their annual event at the Kentucky Derby Marathon.


Dr Pradip Patel, ULSOM; Dr Taylor Hodge, ULSOM M4M Coordinator, Dr Steven F. Isenberg, Indiana University School of Medicine.

Medical, dental, nursing and graduate schools have adapted the core mission of Medals4Mettle (founded 2005) to teach humanistic behavior to students in the healthcare professions.  The positive outcomes of Medals4Mettle Medical (founded 2008) experienced by our volunteers, donors, recipients and families have been proven with scientific, peer-reviewed data published in THE PHAROS of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. The publication describes how a Medals4Mettle program can be integrated into medical education to convey compassion and support to children and their families who must deal with serious illnesses.  M4M’s unique blend of the physical activity required by the medical students to earn an endurance medal -- combined with learning the mettle these kids and their families must have to endure the health challenges they face – offers proven opportunity to teach humanistic behavior.  By encouraging first and second year students to participate, they have the opportunity to experience the physician-patient relationship early in their training.    

You can use the Medals4Mettle (M4M) program to design and customize a program that will work for your medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and other graduate and undergraduate programs by combining the benefits of exercise, group activities and compassion to augment and sustain your educational programs. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to see the smiles and hear the laughter of those who are running a much more difficult race! Our published research demonstrates benefits for all participants… the recipients, the donors, the M4M volunteers and the families. See videos of M4M Medical here. In the past few years medical schools (Indiana, Cincinnati, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt) have started chapters. Students who do not wish or cannot complete an endurance event still participate as volunteers.

If you are interested in learning more about Medals4Mettle Medical and possibly starting a Chapter, please submit your information below. You will then be directed to download a document that provides detailed  “HOW-TO” information to implement a Medals4Mettle program. Once you submit your information, we will be in touch with you.  We are here to support you! Thank you!

Medals4Mettle Leadership

Director of Medals4Mettle Medical

Pradip Patel, M.D.

Director of Chapter Development

Pradip Patel, M.D.

Founder and President

Steven F. Isenberg, M.D.

Corporate Mailing Address:

Medals4Mettle, 450 East 96th Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone number317-818-6034

Medals4Mettle is a public non-profit 501(c)3 organization.