AMA Foundation Honors Medical Student with National Leadership Award

KanikaTTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine medical student Kanika Monga is a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2014 Leadership Award. This national award recognizes medical students, residents/fellows, and early career physicians for achievements in community service, medical education, and public health.

The AMA Foundation will honor 15 outstanding individuals with Leadership Awards at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards celebration on June 6, 2014, in Chicago. Award recipients will receive special training to develop their skills as future leaders in community affairs and organized medicine.

“It is such an honor to receive this award. I look forward to meeting all the other recipients from across the U.S. Many of the past recipients of the Excellence in Medicine Award have been role models for me. They are pioneers in their outlook to advance healthcare by demonstrating commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care,” said Monga.  “It will be a privilege to be able to network with the American Medical Association Foundation. They are a pillar for philanthropic activity that enables the advancement of public health. I am incredibly excited to take part in the leadership training to further develop skills that will groom me to become a better physician.”

Monga is a third-year medical student and a dedicated social activist. In 2012, Monga established a non-profit organization, Voice for the Deprived, which uses mass media to increase awareness of the underprivileged in India’s day-to-day issues in an effort to assemble resources for them. The organization’s goal is to influence policies and programs and empower communities to make sustainable improvements in the health conditions of the urban poor. Monga has been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honors Society and will graduate with a distinction in research and scholarship.

The Excellence in Medicine Award program is presented in association with Eli Lilly & Co., Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Inc., PhRMA, and Pfizer Inc.

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is improving the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education.To join the AMA Foundation in supporting medical heroes like the Excellence in Medicine Award winners, visit www.amafoundation.org.