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Medical student to receive national
by Cindy Abole
Second-year medical student Karon Hammonds is a step closer to
realizing her dream of becoming a compassionate and skilled
neurologist. She was among eight medical students who were tapped as
2008 sanofi-aventis minority scholars.
Hammonds and the seven other medical students received news of being
selected to the sanofi-aventis Minority Scholarship Program in January.
She and her fellow recipients will receive the award April 16 at the
59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Chicago.
The award honors students whose interests are in neurology and
advancing quality neuroscience care in patients. Hammonds is the second
student from MUSC to receive this award. MUSC medical school alumnus
Brandon Davis, M.D., received the award in 2005.
“It is an honor to be a recipient of this award,” said Hammonds. “It
will help expose me to a variety of educational and networking
opportunities in neurology and neurosciences that will further nourish
my interest and future career in this specialty.”
A Johnston native, Hammonds is a 2006 chem-istry graduate of Emory
University in Atlanta. She began medical school at MUSC in 2007.
Hammonds has been actively involved as a member of the Student National
Medical Association and serves as a student advisor with the College of
Medicine’s Medical Education Development and Resource Committee.
She also is an alumnus of the South Carolina Governor’s School of
Science and Math in Hartsville.
As part of the award, Hammonds will receive complementary registration
as a participant of the AAN meeting, which includes general sessions
and educational programs, including specialized neurosciences courses,
research poster sessions and other activities.
Hammonds was nominated in 2007 by neurology professor Paul Pritchard
III, M.D., who is director of Postgraduate Education in the Department
“This is a stellar achievement for Karon and MUSC in being recognized
with this award,” said Pritchard. “Her new association with the academy
(AAN) will allow her to meet fellow students who share similar
interests and provide an opportunity to meet top neurologists and
researchers in the field. This affiliation will help her as she
establishes a career path and future in medicine.”
Friday, April 11, 2008
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