Fifth Annual National Medical Fellowships
The fifth annual National Medical Fellowships Awards Gala
saluted Myrtle S. Potter and Genentech, a company that is
a leader in the development of cancer fighting drugs. We were
also honored to have Dr. Helene Gayle, HIV/AIDS Senior Advisor
of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as our keynote speaker.
We are grateful for the tireless efforts of co-chairs, Betsy
Bernard and Richard Zhan, without whom this benefit would
not be so successful. Thank you also to our notable Honorary
Committee members who are such staunch supporters of NMF
NMF is in the business of promoting excellence among minority
physicians by providing need-based scholarships and offering
unique programs to enable students to participate in extended
research and clinical experiences under the aegis of noted
academic advisors and researchers. For many, such programs
help clarify career goals and areas of specialty.
Our special honorees are all former NMF' Scholars who have
dedicated their careers as physicians to serving society:
some who are world renowned, and some who have made a world
of difference within their local communities. The NMF Founder's
Award was presented to Dr. Arthur Coleman, a distinguished
physician who continues to serve the same community in San
Francisco after 53 years.
Following the tragic events of September 11, it was clear
to all of us at NMF that this evening's Awards Gala was more
important than ever. We are so proud that some of the physicians
responding to those emergency calls are former NMF Scholars.
Tonight gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the critical
role our nation's minority physicians play in the well-being
of all America's citizens. A portion of the Gala proceeds
will be donated to the September 11th Fund.
Whether you are a lifelong friend or have only recently learned
of NMF and its mission, we thank you so much for your support
of our scholars and our honorees.