Meharry's Christopher Watson Honored by AMA Foundation

From the AMA Foundation

American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation honored Christopher D. Watson with a Minority Scholars Award at the AMA’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, on June 15, 2013.

Christopher was one of only eight medical students in the country selected to receive this award, which was given in recognition of his academic achievement and commitment to the elimination of health care disparities. As an AMA Foundation Minority Scholar, he received a $10,000 scholarship.

Nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population is African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native, yet only about 9 percent of all U.S. physicians are from these racial and ethnic groups. Meantime, racial and ethnic disparities in care continue to plague the U.S. health care system, according to a federal report.

Christopher received his B.S. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his MPH from Georgia State University. As an undergraduate Ronald E. McNair Scholar, he conducted research on cancer education and support programs for low-income African-American cancer survivors. As a part of his Master’s capstone, he examined strategies to reduce tobacco use in Atlanta. He served as a Mayo Clinic Summer intern and conducted a research project addressing health promotion and intervention for black men. Between receiving an MPH and enrolling in medical school, Christopher worked as a teacher through Teach for America, where he taught high school at a low-income community in Atlanta for three years.

A rising third-year medical student, he is the student government president and is active in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College, where he is focused on health care policy and its effects on the distribution of and access to health services in the African-American community.
 
The AMA Foundation’s Minority Scholars Awards are given in partnership with the AMA Minority Affairs Section, with support from Pfizer, Inc.  

“The AMA Foundation is proud to support these exceptional medical students,” said Clarence Chou, MD, AMA Foundation President. “Their outstanding academic achievements, leadership experience, and service in their communities speak to their commitment to make a difference in the health of minority populations.”

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