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UR Medical Student Awarded Prestigious AIDS Care Fellowship

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Sabrina Assoumou, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been selected as one of eight individuals to receive an AIDS Care fellowship from National Medical Fellowships Inc.

Assoumou plans to attend a combined residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics when she completes her final year of medical school in May. Her long-term goal is to specialize in infectious diseases. The AIDS Care fellowship will allow her to spend four weeks at the University of California, San Francisco AIDS Research Institute, Oct. 6-31.

The fellowship program is intended to foster the participation of medical students from traditionally underrepresented groups in HIV/AIDS clinical care and research. Its goals are to increase the number of physicians involved in HIV/AIDS clinical care and research, to train new physicians, including those entering clinical areas not usually linked to AIDS care; to adapt quickly to the changing issues of HIV/AIDS in medical practice; and to create an ongoing communications network for minority physicians to address the complexities of HIV/AIDS care.

"We are pleased one of our outstanding students has been chosen to participate in this prominent fellowahip, says Brenda Lee, assistant dean for medical education and student affairs. "This opportunity will present Sabrina with remarkable experiences that will shape her future as a physician."

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