Lindsey Hicks receives AMA Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has awarded one of 12 prestigious Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship to Lindsey Hicks, a current fourth-year medical student. Recipients were nominated by their dean and chosen by a selection committee.
Lindsey Hicks, from Keller, Texas, is an active participant in medical school and the community. She has had an outstanding academic career with honors such as the Golden Key International Honor Society and Texas A&M Academic Excellence Award. Hicks has served in leadership roles such as president of the medical school's student chapter of the American Medical Women's Association and received the Texas Aggie Leadership Scholarship. She is involved with many research projects, helps to conduct vaccine trials, and is passionate about the promotion of preventative medicine.
Hicks said she was humbled and surprised upon hearing the good news. "I was ecstatic and incredibly grateful for the AMA scholarship. It's comforting to know that the AMA strives to aid medical students across the United States" she said.
Hicks will receive a $10,000 scholarship to help defray her medical school expenses, and with residency applications coming up, the funds will come in handy.
"I am applying for dermatology, and am considering dermatopathology, but I'm keeping my options open. Dermatology is a competitive field, and I will be applying broadly," she said.
The scholarship program was created in 2004 as a part of the AMA Foundation's ongoing effort to provide financial assistance to medical students facing spiraling medical school debts.
"Lindsey Hicks is an example of the dedication to medicine and to the well-being of others that characterizes the best physicians," said AMA Foundation President Barbara Rockett, M.D. "She has already distinguished herself as a leader and we believe she will make many strong contributions to the profession."
Hicks, who is presently on a rotation at Emory University in Atlanta this month, said what she has enjoyed most about medical school is the focus on extracurricular activities and service to the community.
"Everyone at UT Houston is very involved in medical school activities and community service. I'm very thankful to be part of a medical school that develops such well-rounded physicians" she said. "And I have had really great faculty as mentors - for example, I did my research program with Dr. Stephen Tyring. I would like to thank all of the faculty and residents who've taught me while in medical school. Their contributions really make a difference in the lives of all the students at our school."
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