SPECIAL EVENTS IN CALIFORNIA
FRIENDS, FINANCIAL SUPPORT
National Medical Fellowships' completed the
fiscal year ending June 2003, with two successful special events in California
- in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The first annual dinner in Los Angeles
in March and the third luncheon in San Francisco in as many years drew about 350
guests, many from the medical and academic communities. They raised more than
$180,000 in support of NMF's mission to "change the face of medicine by providing
financial support and other incentives to underrepresented minority medical students."
and Telemundo (Los Angeles) presented the March event and the president and general
manager of the stations, Paula Madison, served as dinner chair. NMF presented
its Founder's Award to J. Mario Molina, M.D., President and Board Chairman of
Molina Healthcare, Inc. Dr. Molina, a former NMF scholar, noted Molina Healthcare
strives to be "the leading organization providing health care to poor and
Other major support came from California
HealthCare Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Julian and Betty Haywood and Health
Net of California.
California HealthCare Foundation and Kaiser Permanente
were also major benefactors of the Founder's Award Luncheon in San Francisco,
which honored former NMF scholar Sandra R. Hernandez, M.D., CEO of The San Francisco
Foundation and Haile T. Debas, M.D., Dean of the School of Medicine at the University
of California, San Francisco.
At the luncheon, NMF announced establishment
of the Arthur H. Coleman Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late longtime NMF
board member who passed away in December 2002, after serving as family physician
to a predominantly African American San Francisco community for 56 years.
major benefactor of the luncheon was the Integrated Medical Group (IMG) at St.
Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, of which Dr. Coleman was a member.
has many friends in California, including nearly 2,000 physicians who have benefited
from NMF scholarships and grants," said NMF President & CEO Vivian Fox.
"It's very gratifying to see this support for what we do."
the 2002-2003 school year, NMF distributed $1.4 million to minority medical students
nationwide - 20 per cent of which went to students in California. The following
medical schools and the number of grants at each: Charles R. Drew University,
10; UC-Irvine, 1; UCLA, 12; USC, 4; Loma Linda University 1; Stanford, 3; UC-Davis,
1; UCSF, 3; School of Public Health, UCLA, 2; Western University College of Osteopathic
Medicine of the Pacific, 3.