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Racial Justice in Medicine Award

Racial Justice in Medicine Award

AMSA has always held a strong voice when it comes to advocating for rights regarding racial and ethnic justice. Beginning with our work during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, we have continued to empower physicians-in-training to be advocates and activists to achieve equality and justice for all.

The AMSA Racial Justice Award in Medicine was created in 2019 to recognize those who have done outstanding work to improve disparities in healthcare on the basis of race or ethnicity.

Eligibility requirements

Any group of medical students or individual medical student who has achieved exemplary success in advocating for the inclusion and advancement of racial and/or social justice issues in medicine is eligible for this award.

Nomination & Selection Process

  • Nominations close on TBD 2024
  • Any student and/or professional can submit nominations.
  • You may nominate more than one person.
  • No self-nominations will be accepted.
  • All nominations will be blinded prior to the selection committee review.
  • The selection committee will be comprised of members from the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health (REACH) Action Committee, the National President, President-Elect, CEO, and Senior Manager of Education and Advocacy.

Presentation & Award

  • Award will be presented at Future Physicians for Change 2024.
  • Award recipients will be recognized at the general session and presented with an elegant glass trophy.
  • Award recipients will receive a complimentary registration to Future Physicians for Change 2024.
  • Award recipients will be highlighted in The New Physician (TNP) as well as on AMSA’s website and social media pages.

Past Award Recipients


Joel Bervell, MS, Washington State University College of Medicine
Victor Ekuta, Xavier University School of Medicine

LaShyra T. Nolen, Harvard Medical School

Katie Fruin, Rush Medical College


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