NEWS RELEASE

November 14, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE , NM Fourth-year medical student at the University of New Mexico Alana Benjamin was one of five recipients selected as a 2006 Pisacano Scholar. Benjamin graduatedcum laudewith a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 2002.

The award recognizes outstanding medical students who have made a commitment to enter the specialty of Family Medicine. In addition, students must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity and a noteworthy level of community service. The Scholarship program provides educational programs, leadership training and funding for outstanding 4th-year medical students who have been identified as the future leaders in the field of Family Medicine.

While attending Medical School, Benjamin has been extremely active in the community, serving as the 2005-06 Regional Associate Trustee for the western region of the American Medical Student Association. Benjamin also is the president of the UNM Family Medicine Interest Group and serves as the liaison to the New Mexico chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Upon her completion of residency Benjamin plans to pursue a Masters in Public Health and hopes to continue serving as a public health advocate. She looks forward to a career caring for diverse, underserved patient populations.