Creighton Medical Student Receives Prestigious AMA Scholarship
Creighton University medical student April Tamara Singleton of Columbia, S.C., is one of 12 outstanding medical students nationwide to receive a 2008 American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Minority Scholars Award. The award, which includes an educational stipend of $10,000, recognizes scholastic achievement and promise in first- and second-year medical students from historically underrepresented groups, including African Americans, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Native Alaskans and Hispanics. Less than 7 percent of U.S. physicians fall within these groups, according to the foundation.
“The AMA Foundation takes pride in its association with these exceptional medical students,” said Barbara Rockett, MD, AMA Foundation president. “Their outstanding academic achievements as well as a variety of activities in their communities speak to their commitment to make a difference in the health of minority populations and the medical profession.”
Singleton, who is African American, will begin her third year of medical school this fall. At Creighton’s School of Medicine, she serves on the Student Advancement Committee, the Medical Health Science Student Association as president and co-president, the Student National Medical Association as community service chair, and other groups.
She also has volunteered her time with Creighton’s student-run Magis Clinic, which provides free health care to the homeless and underserved. Singleton spent her 2007 spring break teaching basic-body anatomy to middle- and senior-high school students at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Singleton earned her bachelor’s of science degree in molecular biology at Hampton University in Hampton, Va.