SOURCE: AMA Foundation

AMA Foundation

May 31, 2012 10:30 ET

AMA Foundation Names Minority Scholars Award Recipients

Thirteen Outstanding Students Receive $10,000 Scholarships to Help Ease Cost of Medical School

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) - In an effort to promote diversity, encourage the elimination of health care disparities and alleviate the high cost of medical education, the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has presented 13 outstanding medical students from across the country with $10,000 Minority Scholars Awards.

The awards recognize scholastic achievement, financial need and commitment to improving minority health among first or second-year 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.

"The AMA Foundation takes enormous pride in its association with these exceptional medical students," said Owen Garrick, MD, MBA, AMA Foundation President. "Their outstanding academic achievements as well as numerous activities illustrating leadership and service in their communities speak to their commitment to make a difference in the health of minority populations and the medical profession."

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 $161,000 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 or practicing primary care medicine.

The Minority Scholars Awards are given in partnership with the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS), with support from Pfizer Inc. The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) partially supports one scholarship in honor of the late Ronald M. Davis, MD, Past-President of the AMA, and is granted to a minority medical student who has an interest in primary care. Additional support is provided by the AMA MAS Governing Council, the California Healthcare Foundation and other generous donors.

The 2012 recipients:
Michael Blanco, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Lizbeth Brice, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Shekinah Elmore, Harvard Medical School
Kessiena Gbenedio, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Shermeeka Hogans-Mathews, Florida State University College of Medicine
Teresa Martin-Carreras, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Marissa Mendez, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Eriberto Michel, University of Washington School of Medicine
Marcus Rushing, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Maria Sandoval, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Darien Sutton-Ramsey, New York University School of Medicine
Elliot Twiggs, University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities

The recipient of the NBGH Ronald M. Davis, MD Memorial Scholarship:
Brittney Pryor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is dedicated to improving public health by raising funds and providing philanthropic support to high-impact health and medical scholarship programs. Visit www.amafoundation.org or follow us on Facebook to join the AMA Foundation in improving the health of Americans.

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