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Rising Second-Year Medical College of Wisconsin Student Wins Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award

Bellony Nzemenoh received the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award from the American Medical Association Foundation.

By - Jul 3rd, 2017 02:32 pm
Pictured above, Nzemenoh accepts her award from AMA Foundation President-Elect Patricia Austin at the AMA annual meeting in Chicago June 9. The AMA Excellence in Medicine awards recognize physicians dedicated to care of underserved populations, volunteerism, community engagement and leadership. Photo by Jorge Norrick courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Pictured above, Nzemenoh accepts her award from AMA Foundation President-Elect Patricia Austin at the AMA annual meeting in Chicago June 9. The AMA Excellence in Medicine awards recognize physicians dedicated to care of underserved populations, volunteerism, community engagement and leadership. Photo by Jorge Norrick courtesy of the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, July 3, 2017 – Bellony Nzemenoh, a second-year student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award from the American Medical Association Foundation.

Inspired by her upbringing in Cameroon until age 9 when her family moved to Maryland, Nzemenoh is committed to increasing diversity and equality in healthcare. She serves on the Diversity Planning Committee for the spring Festival of Cultures at MCW, celebrating difference and promoting awareness of inclusion, and as co-president of the American Medical Student Association. She is a Student National Medical Association mentor for a high school student and is also helping launch the Student Health Initiative for Pipeline Programs, which will encourage middle and high school and undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and medicine.

This summer, Nzemenoh is in Croatia conducting research as a Global Health Kohler Scholar. She said she hopes her time there will help her with her future goals of building hospitals and educating physicians in third world nations.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement.  More than 1,200 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, 56 medical students enrolled at MCW-Green Bay, and 26 students matriculated to MCW-Central Wisconsin in 2016. MCW’s School of Pharmacy will open in 2017 or 2018. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2015, faculty received more than $158 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,200 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,500 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 525,000 patients annually.

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