SOM Student Receives AMA Minority Scholar Award

Contact: Shannon Guess (505) 272-0261

A University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM) student, Justin Taylor, was selected to receive a 2008 American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Minority Scholar Award.

Taylor , along with eleven other first and second year medical students from across the nation, will receive a $10,000 scholarship in recognition of his scholastic achievement as well as promise for the future. Each of the recipients represents “historically under-represented” groups in the medical profession.

Taylor is a third year medical student at UNM SOM. His areas of interest are Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology. He is currently conducting research to examine the disparities in survival rates experienced in patients suffering from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

The AMA Foundation presents the Minority Scholar Awards annually in collaboration with the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium and the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. With the rising costs of medical education, the AMA Foundation makes scholarships such as this a priority to promote higher education as well as diversity among students.

In less than 60 years, the American Medical Association Foundation has contributed more than $90 million to educational scholarships, research initiatives and public health grants.

In the future, Taylor aspires to pursue the field of Oncology and cancer treatment. He hopes not only to treat the physical aspects of the disease, but to improve each patient’s overall quality of life—especially minorities and the elderly. With heightened attention to these traditionally underserved patients, Taylor will be able to provide quality healthcare and change the lives of his patients forever.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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