AMA Foundation Honors Miller School Student With National Leadership Award

Third-year medical student Laura Stone is one of only 20 recipients of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award. The national award recognizes exceptional medical professionals — medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians — who positively influence healthcare beyond the practice of medicine.

Stone received the award, presented in association with Pfizer Inc., at the foundation’s annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony on February 11 in Washington, D.C., where recipients were recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.

“I am humbled to be selected for this award among so many other qualified applicants,” said Stone, who is interested in a career in general or neurological surgery. “It is such an honor to be recognized for the work I have done both within and outside of the American Medical Association. Political advocacy, civic engagement, and community service represent an important part of my life, and receiving recognition for my involvement in these activities propels me forward as I enter my future career as a physician.”

Stone credits her achievement to the many “committed, energetic, and enthusiastic teams” she has worked with, including the College Republicans and Young Democrats she collaborated with at her alma mater, the University of Georgia, and the Florida Medical Association Medical Student Section Governing Council, where she currently serves as the board’s Interim Chair. She also fulfills her passion for public service by volunteering with various community outreach initiatives, including the Lotus Wellness Center, a free clinic at the Lotus House homeless shelter in Overtown, which is operated by students with the Miller School’s Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS).

“We are thrilled that the AMA has recognized Laura for her advocacy work,” said Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. “Community service and involvement are part of the culture at the Miller School and Laura’s work is a great example of this.”

Stone also joined other Leadership Award recipients at a specialized training session and workshop to develop and strengthen their leadership skills for a future in organized medicine and community affairs.

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