Published July 1, 2011
University at Buffalo medical student Vanessa Sarfoh is one of 13 students nationwide to receive a $10,000 Minority Scholar Award from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation.
The award recognizes academically outstanding medical students who are committed to promoting diversity in medicine and eliminating health care disparities.
Sarfoh, a member of UB's class of 2013, has co-hosted Doctors Back to School, an AMA program that brings physicians and medical students into high school classrooms to encourage minority students to consider medical careers.
She received funding from the AMA Foundation to start a health initiative at UB’s Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic that addresses obesity in the minority population.
Sarfoh also serves on the AMA-Medical Student Section Minority Issues Committee.
In 2010 she was one of 14 students who received the American Society of Hematology's Minority Medical Student Award to pursue hematology research.