Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., and dean of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will be presented with a Raising Our Voices Award by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). The honor recognizes distinguished women who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to the field of medicine. The award will be given at AMSA's 58th annual convention in Houston.
The large Case Western Reserve AMSA chapter was the impetus behind Davis' nomination. The spirit of the award acknowledges not only Davis' many academic successes, as both an accomplished physician and researcher, but also highlights her as a role model to both female and male medical students. According to the nominating students, Davis is recognized as a significant contributor in changing the face of medicine.
"As a physician, researcher and faculty member at Case Western Reserve University, it is an honor to be recognized by the next generation of physicians and the American Medical Student Association," said Davis, who also serves as vice president for medical affairs at the university. "As the first female dean of the School of Medicine, I am embracing the opportunity to be a leader and mentor to students in the field of medicine."
Of the 129 medical school deans in the country, Davis is one of only 17 women in the position. According their AMSA chapter, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine students look forward to the new era of medical education under her leadership. Although Davis refers to her students as the pioneers of medical education, many students view her as the pioneer.
"Dr. Davis has been an inspiration in her field and recognized as a researcher, mentor, leader and educator. As an alumnus of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, I was excited to see her selection as the new dean," said Michael J. Ehlert, M.D., AMSA president. "She has been a supporter of student programs and an exemplary female leader in medicine. AMSA is proud to highlight her achievements and success."
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