A third-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine today received a prestigious scholarship for his leadership efforts in addressing educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities.
Tyler Carcamo is one of just five students nationwide to be awarded the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The $5,000 scholarship is for outstanding students entering the third year of study at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education who are making a difference in eliminating inequities in health care.
Carcamo, who was born in Belize, moved to Bakersfield where he excelled as an undergraduate at California State University, Bakersfield, before earning his bachelor of science degree in chemistry magna cum laude.
Carcamo entered the School of Medicine in 2016 and quickly turned his love of science into service to others. “He excels in and out of the classroom and has clearly emerged as a powerful and exemplary student leader,” stated Lars F. Berglund, interim dean of the School of Medicine, in a nomination letter in support of the scholarship application.
During his first two years of medical school, Carcamo served as a volunteer and co-director of undergraduate curriculum for the Imani Clinic in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood. At the same time, Carcamo was developing skills workshops for his classmates, served in a leadership role for the Student National Medical Association and organized regional conferences for the MiMentor program in Northern and Central California, among other accomplishments.
Carcamo is an M.D. candidate in the SJV-PRIME program, the San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education track, which is designed to produce physician leaders who understand and seek to address barriers specific to communities in the San Joaquin Valley.
Carcamo is being formally recognized today at the AAMC annual meeting in Austin. He described himself as “grateful” and “thankful” to his many mentors and for the opportunities at UC Davis that led to the scholarship.
“This is very difficult to describe,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever get over the feeling, but right now it feels great that all the hard work I’ve put in, and all the sacrifices my family has made so far is all coming to fruition. This award is not only for me, but for my family and my communities.”
UC Davis has produced seven recipients of the Nickens Student Scholarship since 2008.