NEWS | January 27, 2012

Fourth-year student wins Julita A. Fong Scholarship


 A fourth-year student has been named as the winner of an annual scholarship provided to women medical students at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Yvonne Thanh-Nga Pham, a resident of Orange County, will receive $3,000 as the recipient of the Julita A. Fong, M.D. Scholarship. Established in 1992, the scholarship is intended for "a woman medical student, during any year of her studies at UC Davis School of Medicine, who is a member of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) or Women in Medicine (WIM), and who is in need of financial assistance.

Photo of Yvonne Pham
Yvonne Pham

Pham has been co-officer of the American Medical Women's Association Student Interest Group as well as breast cancer walk team captain at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K event with the American Cancer Society.

An advocate for women's health issues, Pham volunteers each month at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, screening Vietnamese women for breast and cervical cancers. In addition to practicing patient care, she is involved in epidemiological research and has written a manuscript about the disparate standards of radiation treatment that African-American and Caucasian breast cancer patients receive. She has also been involved in a breast cancer research project that studied post-mastectomy radiation therapy.

Pham plans to pursue a residency in radiation oncology after graduation.

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