Georgetown Medical Student Selected by American Society of Hematology for Minority Medical Student Award Program

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June 24, 2016 – The American Society of Hematology (new window)(ASH) has selected Georgetown School of Medicine student Serina Lewis to take part in the 2016 Minority Medical Student Award Program.

Lewis and 13 others from the U.S. and Canada will take part in the eight to 12-week research experience for first and second-year students.

The program provides the opportunity to create and implement a hematology-related research project over the summer, encouraging minority medical students’ interest in the field. Participants will be paired with two ASH mentors: a research mentor who will oversee the participant’s work and progress during the summer project, and a career-development mentor who will guide the participant throughout their training.

Lewis’ career-development mentor, Bruce Cheson, MD, is a renowned hematologist/oncologist at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research mentor is Christopher Flowers, MD, from Emory University. Lewis’ research project is titled “Utilizing pathology informatics for subtyping diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.”

Participants will receive a total support amount of $7,000, which will help cover their research projects and travel expenses to the 58th ASH Annual Meeting in early December. There, they will present their research projects during a special session.

“The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program is a wonderful way to expose young and ambitious medical students to hematology and provide them with a support system to ensure their success,” said ASH President Charles S. Abrams, MD. “By facilitating connections between talented students with ASH mentors and providing these trainees with financial support and research opportunities, ASH hopes to foster their continued advancement toward a career in the field.”

Courtesy of ASH
Edited by Karen Teber
GUMC Communications