CHICAGO, May 13 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In an effort to promote diversity and help with the rapidly rising cost of medical education, the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has presented 12 outstanding medical students from across the country with $10,000 Minority Scholars Awards.
The awards recognize scholastic achievement, financial need and personal commitment to improving minority health among first or second-year medical students in groups defined as “historically underrepresented” in the medical profession. Less than seven percent of U.S. physicians fall within these groups, which include African American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino.
“We are pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these promising medical students and to provide them with substantial financial assistance,” said Jean Howard, AMA Foundation President. “Their outstanding academic achievements as well as a variety of activities in their communities speak to their commitment to positively impact the health of minority populations and the health care system in the United States.”
As the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association, the AMA Foundation has made it a priority to help medical students handle the rising cost of their education. On average, future physicians graduate approximately $155,000 in debt, and in many cases the debt load is much higher. A large debt burden may deter many from practicing in underserved areas of the country, in medical education and research, or practicing primary care medicine.
The Minority Scholars Awards are given in collaboration with the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium, with support from Pfizer Inc. The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) added support to this scholarship program by starting an endowment honoring the late Ronald M. Davis, MD, Past-President of the AMA. This specific Minority Scholars Award is granted to a minority medical student who has an interest in becoming a primary care physician.
The recipients of the awards are:
Rashad Belin, PhD University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Natalie Casagrande University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kofi Essel George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Suzanne Garber University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
Carl Lambert, Jr. Rush Medical College
Marlene Martin Stanford University School of Medicine
Lisa Ochoa-Frongia Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Elizabeth Phillips Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Kasandra Scales, MPH State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Catalina Soto Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Manuel Tapia University of California, Davis School of Medicine
The recipient of the award funded by the NBGH Ronald M. Davis, MD Memorial Scholarship is:
Lucille Torres Mount Sinai School of Medicine
The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is committed to improving the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education. Visit http://www.amafoundation.org to learn more.
SOURCE American Medical Association Foundation