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Medical Student Committed to Cultural Competency Earns Davis Scholarship

Lissette Jimenez

Recipient thanks donors for their support and confidence

“Thank you for this opportunity and inspiration. The amount of support I’ve been given will multiply when I go out into the community to help others. It will extend far beyond the recipient,” said Lissette Jimenez, a University of Washington School of Medicine student and one of 13 medical students in the country who will receive a $10,000 AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award in recognition of their scholastic achievement and commitment to improving minority health.

Ms. Jimenez became interested in medicine at a young age, interpreting for her Mexican parents during physician visits in rural eastern Washington state.  As she watched her parents’ chronic conditions progress, Ms. Jimenez’s growing awareness of health care disparities fed her aspiration to devote her career to providing culturally competent health care to immigrants.

Raye Maestas, MD, associate professor at the University of Washington, described Ms. Jimenez as “humble yet assertive, especially in advocating for her patients.  Her voice is gentle, informed, honest and clear.”

Ms. Jimenez’s scholarship is funded in part by the Ronald M. Davis, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund with support from the National Business Group on Health.

“We wanted to honor Dr. Davis’ great work, compassion, and intelligence by offering a scholarship in his name,” said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, which partially supports an annual scholarship for minority medical students who plan to practice primary care.

“Thank you for believing in me. Of course the money is helpful, but what’s really important is feeling that people have confidence in me,” Ms. Jimenez explained.

The Davis scholarship is granted through the Minority Scholars Award program, supported in part by Pfizer Inc. View all of the 2010 Minority Scholars Award recipients.

Gifts to support the AMA Foundation’s scholarships may be made online.