Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Association of Medical Colleges Honors Former Surgeon General. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Association of Medical Colleges Honors Former Surgeon General. (Noteworthy News)

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SAN FRANCISCO

Former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher is the third recipient of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Herbert W. Nickers, M.D. award. Satcher was honored at the association's 113th Annual Meeting held last month in San Francisco. Satcher delivered an address on targeting health care disparities by increasing the diversity of medical school applicants at the meeting.

The Herbert W. Nickens, M.D. Award, named for the AAMC's former vice president of the Division of Community and Minority Programs, is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promote justice in medical education and health care.

As Surgeon General from 1998 to 2002 and assistant secretary for health, the second person in history to hold both positions simultaneously, Satcher led the federal government's effort to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care. This initiative was incorporated into one of two major goals of "Healthy People 2010," the nation's public health agenda for the next several years. …

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