Mount Sinai School of Medicine Students Receive 2009 AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award

The Mount Sinai students are among 12 selected nationwide to receive the scholarships in recognition of their achievements as medical students and demonstrated promise for future careers in medicine.

New York, NY
 – May 21, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

Lisa Ochoa-Frongia and Lucille Torres of Mount Sinai School of Medicine have been named 2009 Minority Scholars Award recipients by The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation. They will both receive $10,000 scholarships in recognition of their excellence as medical students and outstanding promise for a future career in medicine.

Lisa Ochoa-Frongia and Lucille Torres are second year medical students at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. They have been involved in the groups: Students for Equal Opportunity in Medicine, the Mount Sinai Chapter of the Boricua Latino Hispanic Organization and the Reach Out! Service Learning Program.

About Lisa Ochoa-Frongia
Ms. Ochoa-Frongia volunteers with the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership and, as a member of this organization’s steering committee, she helped launch the clinic’s HIV testing initiative. She is working with the Mount Sinai Department of Oncological Sciences to research breast and cervical cancer screening rates and their relationships to the health beliefs of African American women.

She is developing into an excellent physician who will have tremendous compassion for her patients and will be a true advocate, said Gary Butts, MD, Associate Professor in Medical Education, Pediatrics and Community and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

About Lucille Torres
Ms. Torres received a Minority Scholars Award funded by the Ronald M. Davis, MD Memorial Scholarship Fund. This specific scholarship is granted to a minority medical student who has an interest in becoming a primary care physician.

Ms. Torres’s voice, leadership and presence will contribute greatly to the field of medicine and specifically towards improving the health of the Latino community, said Dr. Butts.

The Minority Scholars Award recognizes scholastic achievement, financial need and commitment to improving minority health among first or second-year medical students in groups defined as historically underrepresented in the medical profession.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.