WCUCOM Students Chosen as Scholars for GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program
Hattiesburg, Miss., May 7, 2013 - Two first-year William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) students, Karla Ruiz and Binh Q. Vu, have been chosen by the National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF), and their National Advisory Committee (NAC), as 2013 scholars for the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP). These students are among a distinguished group of students chosen to be a part of an innovative service-learning externship, which provides future healthcare professionals with a valuable opportunity to examine the challenges and rewards of primary care practice in community health centers (CHCs) across the United States.
Scholars will participate in a 200 hour service-learning opportunity during the summer of 2013 where they will be actively engaged in healthcare services, leadership training, and institutional project activities relevant to both academic programs and host sites. In addition, scholars will participate in and interact with a network of organizations and individuals from academic institutions, the NMF alumni group, and program advisors who will help guide and mentor participants throughout the externship. The overall mission of this program is to develop a pipeline of future primary care professionals and to build capacity at CHCs.
Ruiz’s hometown is Lakeland, Fla., and she will complete her project at the Health Care Center for the Homeless in Orlando, Fla.
Vu’s hometown is Houston, Texas, and his site will be the CommuniCare Health Centers in San Antonio, Texas. His service project is, “Addressing obesity and diabetes in underserved communities.” Vu plans on becoming a pediatrician upon graduation. Other awards he has received include the National Health Service Corps Scholarship and the Wal-Mart Scholarship.