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NEWS | September 29, 2012

UC Davis School of Medicine students recognized as outstanding young achievers

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

The Observer Media Group recognized UC Davis School of Medicine students Geneva White and Kevin Mullins today at its annual "30 Under 30" tribute to the region's most outstanding young achievers.

Geneva White © UC Regents
Geneva White

White and Mullins were selected by the editorial board of The Sacramento Observer and honored at a community breakfast and awards event held this morning at the Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento. The newspaper launched its "30 Under 30" program to encourage leadership among African-American professionals early in their careers and to recognize their commitment to community service.

White grew up in Sacramento and earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Sacramento State. She participates in community outreach to inspire interest in the sciences among young people, provide sickle-cell disease education and support families touched by childhood cancer. For the Imani Clinic, which offers free medical services in Oak Park, she organizes the Ulezi Health Fair to provide health education and resources to the community.

While completing his undergraduate degree in exercise biology at UC Davis, Mullins, who is from Fresno, worked with the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students to help undergraduate students of color achieve their dreams of going to medical school. He now serves as president of the UC Davis Regional Chapter of the Student National Medical Association, an organization that encourages students from underrepresented minority groups to prepare for medical and scientific careers. He also plays a crucial role in increasing awareness of the Imani Clinic among Sacramento's African-American population and recently launched a new student interest group in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Kevins Mullins © UC Regents
Kevin Mullins

"These students exemplify what doctors-in-training should be," said Darin Latimore, assistant dean of student and resident diversity with the UC Davis School of Medicine. "In addition to being exceptional academically, they are leaders in their communities, role models for future generations of medical students and advocates for closing gaps in access to quality health care."

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 medschool.ucdavis.edu.