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AMA Foundation Presents the Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship to Promising Medical Student From Southeast Alaska


August 2, 2012 - Chicago, IL

The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation awarded the Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship to medical student Richard Stein, who grew up in Sitka, Alaska and attends the University of Washington School of Medicine. Richard will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help defray medical school expenses. The Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship annually supports a medical student who graduated from a high school in southeast Alaska and who has consistently received academic honors.

Richard Stein is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and is in the 'Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho' (WWAMI) program. He attended Sitka High School and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University. Richard has shown strong dedication to the patients of Alaska through his involvement in AmeriCorps, where he worked with Native Alaskan youth in Southeast Alaska, and through his volunteer service with a physician in Sitka through the WWAMI Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program. During his first year of medical school, he organized a program for fellow students to volunteer in the clinic at Brother Francis Shelter. In addition to improving the lives of Alaskans, Richard also looks to aid patients globally and recently went to Cambodia to volunteer at a surgical hospital, assisting physicians in providing free procedures for patients with chronic injuries. He has learned the languages of Chinese and Thai. Adding to his array of activities and honors, he is an Eagle Scout, a talented writer and the recipient of the University of Washington School of Medicine Service Award.

"Richard has shown the initiative to pursue a diverse array of academic and cultural experiences," stated Clarence Chou, MD, AMA Foundation President. "I am confident that whatever path he chooses, he will succeed and will impact the people of Alaska as well as patients around the world."

In 1984, Arthur N. Wilson, MD, provided a bequest to the AMA Foundation for the Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship, to support aspiring medical students from southeast Alaska. Born in 1898 in India, Arthur N. Wilson, MD, graduated from Rush Medical School and, as a general practitioner, became an integral part of the town of Ketchikan, Alaska. The Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship highlights the critical role rural physicians play in their communities.

The AMA Foundation has made it a priority to assist medical students in handling the rising cost of medical education. Each year, the AMA Foundation grants approximately a half million dollars in scholarships. On average, medical students in the U.S. graduate with a debt load of $162,000. A higher debt burden may deter many from practicing in underserved areas of the country or practicing primary care medicine.

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is dedicated to improving public health by raising funds and providing philanthropic support to high-impact health and medical scholarship programs. Please visit www.amafoundation.org, follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AmericanMedicalAssociationFoundation), or call (312) 464-4200 for more information.

Media Contact:
Nicole Gillespie
AMA Foundation
(312) 464-5864
nicole.gillespie@ama-assn.org

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