PHOENIX – Four University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students have been awarded scholarships from the Arizona Latin-American Medical Association.
Fourth-year student Carlo Guerrero, second-year student Angel López and first-year students Nina Lara and Eduardo C. Alcantar Jr. have each earned $2,000 scholarships from the support organization. The association offers mentors and funds scholarships to help increase the pool of bilingual, culturally competent health care professionals in Arizona.
“These students are wonderful ambassadors for our school, their communities and their families,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the College of Medicine – Phoenix. “These scholarships are important to help alleviate the significant expense these students experience in going to medical school and are a great investment in Arizona.”
Students enrolled in an Arizona public or private college or university professional program, intending to practice in Arizona, are eligible for the scholarships.
López, from Yuma, and Lara, of Gilbert, have worked on campus prior to admission to medical school with the Med-Start program for high school students interested in health fields. They both are active with extracurricular activities in the community, including the Commitment to Underserved People program. Alcantar, of Scottsdale, is a graduate of the Med-Start program, worked as a student counselor and has served as a translator in a clinic before medical school. Guerrero, from Phoenix, has also been active in the Arizona Medical Student Association and the Fostering and Achieving Culture Equity and Sensitivity in the Health Professions club.
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson third-year student Andrea G. Aguirre and UA College of Pharmacy first-year student Kellie Vasquez also won scholarship from the association.
The students were presented scholarships at the association’s Nov. 19 celebration.
The association provides preventive medical care and education through health clinics throughout Arizona. It also provides access to lower cost, quality health-care to uninsured and underinsured families through its programs. The association also advocates for inclusion of Latinos and other minorities in the research and development of new medications by pharmaceutical companies.
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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix admitted its first class of first-year medical students in August 2007. The College of Medicine – Phoenix has 192 students training to be physicians. The college seeks to promote health and improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease for the people of Arizona and beyond through education, research and patient care.