For Immediate Release


Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011  

CDU Medical Student Awarded National Scholarship from the American Medical Association Foundation


LOS ANGELES - Manuel Campa, a student in the Charles R. Drew University/UCLA Medical Education program, received a scholarship for $10,000, the American Medical Association Foundation announced.


Mr. Campa was one of 18 students selected nationwide for the Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships. He represents the fourth student from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to receive this recognition over the past four years, said Daphne Calmes, M.D., associate dean, College of Medicine, who nominated him.

David M. Carlisle, M.D., Ph.D., president of Charles Drew University, said: “We are delighted with Mr. Campa’s accomplishment, and agree with the foundation that he is a very deserving recipient. With his selection as the fourth CDU student in as many years to receive this award, we take immense pride in his accomplishments and in all our scholars at this University.”

Dr. Calmes added that Mr. Campa, a fourth-year medical student, distinguished himself in many ways. "I think Manual represents everything that Drew students have to offer, and he has many outstanding qualities. He's the perfect Drew student, in that he is very intelligent, warm, compassionate, and he has very high ideals and expectations for himself."

She added, "I hope that he's going to be in the next generation of leaders who take us to the next level."

The scholarship helps defray debt, which for the typical medical student is nearly $158,000, the organization said. The Chicago-based foundation works to improve the health of Americans by supporting quality programs in public health and medical education. (

"These medical students represent the very best of the next generation of physicians," said Owen Garrick, M.D., MBA, the foundation's president. Of the students, he said, "Their academic achievements, public health initiatives and volunteer activities illustrate their commitment to assume leadership roles in the medical community and improve healthcare in the United States."



For more information, please contact:
Daryl Strickland

Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Telephone: (562) 229-4924
Office : (323) 563-4983


About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .


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