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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."

KNBC-TV 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 underserved" communities.

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.

Another 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.

"NMF 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."

In 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.


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