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Medical Student Joy Abiola Fatunbia Wins Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award

June 16, 2017

Joy Abiola Fatunbia, a 2019 MD candidate at the College of Medicine, was named the 2017 recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award. The award was given as part of the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Awards program on June 9, 2017, during the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Joy Abiola Fatunbia Receives Minority Award

As a medical student, Fatunbia has been very active on campus, holding chapter leadership positions for both the American Medical Association and Student National Medical Association. She also works within her local community as an advocate for homeless and displaced citizens through the student-run free health clinic at Prevention Point Philadelphia. In 2016, Fatunbia founded the Pediatric Pal Navigator Program (PPN), a health navigator program that identifies and supports children who have not received recommended vaccines and/or those affected by significant social determinants of health. In fall 2017, PPN will be implemented into the curriculum at Drexel University College of Medicine as part of the Longitudinal Community Care Practicum.

The AMA Foundation’s Excellence in Medicine Awards program recognizes physicians who exemplify the highest values of volunteerism, community engagement, leadership and dedication to the care of underserved populations. The 2017 Excellence in Medicine program is made possible in part through the continued generous support of Pfizer, PhRMA and Novo Nordisk.

The Minority Scholars Award program not only encourages diversity in medicine and alleviates debt, but also acknowledges the commitment to the elimination of health care disparities, outstanding academic achievements, leadership activities and community involvement.