UC Davis medical students honored by Bay Area physicians group

Medical students Jackson and Chambers © UC Regents
Kimberlee Jackson (left) and Monique Chambers have been awarded scholarships from the Sinkler Miller Medical Association, which is dedicated to improving health care for minority communities.

Posted Dec. 8, 2010

A San Francisco Bay Area physicians’ organization, well known for its dedication to supporting the medical education of African-American students, has awarded scholarships to two students at UC Davis School of Medicine.

Kimberlee Jackson and Monique Chambers, both second-year medical students at UC Davis, were recognized at the Sinkler Miller Medical Association’s annual Celebration and Scholarship event, held in Oakland in November. The Sinkler Miller Medical Association is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve health care for African American and other minority communities, as well as support African-American physicians working in the Bay Area. Its scholarships encourage young people to enter careers in a variety of health-related fields.

Dr. Latimore © UC Regents“Both students have shown a real dedication to tackling the challenges of wide disparities in health among different populations.”
— Darin Latimore

Chambers and Jackson exemplify the spirit of the Sinkler Miller awards. Chambers has organized and participated in student recruitment efforts, with an emphasis on attracting applicants from disadvantaged communities to the School of Medicine. She serves as a volunteer co-director at the Imani Clinic in Sacramento, a free community health clinic run by UC Davis students that operates on weekends and is located in a historically African-American neighborhood. Jackson also is a co-director of the clinic and has been equally active in advancing health in underserved communities. She helped start a local chapter of the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students and now coordinates its mentorship activities, which provide experience and assistance for minority students who are interested in careers in medicine.

“Both students have shown a real dedication to tackling the challenges of wide disparities in health among different populations,” said Darin Latimore, director of medical student diversity at UC Davis School of Medicine. “We are delighted that the Sinkler Miller Medical Association recognized these exceptional women for their academic accomplishments and commitment to building healthy communities. The scholarships provide support that enables them to continue being terrific student role models and can inspire many other talented students to follow.”