Ridgefield Medical Student Wins Prestigious Award

UNM La Tierra Sagrada Society Presents Annual Scholarship

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Ridgefield’s Julia Kreger, UNM School of Medicine Class of 2014, has been awarded a $7,500 La Tierra Sagrada Society (LTSS) Scholarship for her work in public education to improve public health.

Kreger is a leader of the Association for the Advancement of Minorities in Medicine and an active member of the UNM School of Medicine sex education project - an evidence-based program for high school and middle school students. She also is conducting research in collaboration with the UNM Department of Psychiatry and the Mind Research Network on the debilitating illness of schizophrenia.

"I'm drawn to medicine because of its challenges," Kreger admits. "Medicine is a demanding career intellectually, emotionally and physically. I accept those demands so that I can help patients at their most critical moments facing disease death, decisions and other personal hardships."

The UNM School of Medicine's La Tierra Sagrada Society, Spanish for "The Sacred Earth," was established in 1996 by Paul Roth, M.D., MS, FACEP, Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean, School of Medicine. It is a member-driven organization dedicated to medical education, research and healing.

The society focuses on bringing together members of the UNM medical community, its partners, and the public to pool membership funds for greater impact. Annually, the society funds community grants and medical student scholarships, all selected through rigorous, competitive review processes.

The Society's mission is to promote the excellence of the UNM School of Medicine within the New Mexico community and to provide financial assistance, fellowship, and volunteerism through membership. For more information on LTSS, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/som/development/latierra.shtml.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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