Given in conjunction with the 2016 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago, the AMA Foundation honored a select group of physicians and medical students who exemplify the medical profession’s highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership, and dedication to patient care.
[Photo: Ms. Cherie Fathy]
This year, the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Awards were presented to 10 medical students, two residents, one fellow, and two early career physicians – including Vanderbilt MD/MPH student Ms. Cherie Fathy.
Given in recognition of strong, non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service, public health and/or education, Ms. Fathy was the only Vanderbilt School of Medicine student to receive the award in 2016.
As a first-year medical student, Ms. Fathy co-founded Dunia Health, a nonprofit geared toward implementing low-cost technologies in low-resource settings. Her work has enabled the UN to provide health services to more than 3 million refugees and is quickly expanding.
At Vanderbilt, she directs a free comprehensive ophthalmology clinic for the uninsured and was recently elected to a vision screening advisory group that aims to provide affordable and easy access to vision screening to millions of people across the globe.
An MD/MPH student, Ms. Fathy is committed to a career that will merge her epidemiological background with her passion for policy and program development. She is currently a second-year student in the Vanderbilt MPH Program.