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Center for Reducing Health Disparities

NEWS | January 16, 2013

UC Davis medical student honored with national leadership award

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Olivia Marie Campa, a third-year medical student at UC Davis, will receive the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award for outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education at the foundation's annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony on February 11, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Olivia Campa, third-year medical student. Olivia Campa, third-year medical student.

Campa is one of 20 medical students, residents, fellows and early-career physicians from around the country to receive the leadership award, which provides special training to further develop skills as future leaders in medicine and community affairs.

Campa has distinguished herself as a leader working to reduce inequities in health care and to create educational opportunities for populations underrepresented in medicine, particularly those in low-income communities. She co-directed Clinica Tepati, a nonprofit, community-run clinic that provides free health-care services to uninsured, socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved Latinos in the Sacramento area.

Campa also serves as the mentorship chair of the Latino Medical Association, reaching out to undergraduates and students from low-income families to encourage them to pursue their professional dreams. As an aspiring academic clinician, she participates in research focused on improving care for underserved populations, including incarcerated women with mental illness.

Earlier this year, the Association of American Medical Colleges honored Campa with the Herbert W. Nickens Award for leadership efforts to eliminate inequities in medical education and health care. 

The AMA Foundation is improving the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at medschool.ucdavis.edu.