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AMA Foundation Presents the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship to Promising Medical Student From Southeast Alaska
Date:8/18/2008

CHICAGO, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation awarded the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship to medical student Jodie Totten, who grew up in Sitka, Alaska and attends the University of Washington School of Medicine. Totten will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help defray medical school expenses. The Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship annually supports a medical student who graduated from a high school in southeast Alaska and who has consistently received academic honors.

Totten is a rising second year at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is in the "Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho" (WWAMI) program. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and attended Sitka High School. Totten has organized and participated in numerous volunteer activities, including a health fair to promote healthy lifestyles in Alaska and a Rotary International volunteer trip to Central America. She has global health interests and most recently went to the Republic of Palau, a medically-underserved island nation, to volunteer her services.

"Jodie Totten has shown remarkable academic ability throughout her educational career," said AMA Foundation President Jean Howard. "She understands the impact that rural physicians provide in their communities, and also has a wonderful global perspective on health care."

In 1984, Arthur N. Wilson, MD provided a bequest to the AMA Foundation for the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship, to support aspiring medical students from southeast Alaska. Born in 1898 in India, Arthur N. Wilson, MD graduated from Rush Medical School and, as a general practitioner, became an integral part of the town of Ketchikan, Alaska. His wife, Dagmar Nelson Wilson and sons James A. Wilson, MD, FACS and Arthur N. Wilson, Jr., MD, both of whom practiced medicine with their father in Ketchikan, have added to the scholarship fund.

As the philanthropic arm of the AMA, the AMA Foundation has made it a priority to assist medical students in handling the rising cost of medical education. Each year, the AMA Foundation grants approximately a half million dollars in scholarships. On average, medical students in the U.S. graduate with a debt load of nearly $140,000.

Since its founding in 1950, the AMA Foundation has advanced the health care of America through medical school scholarships, research grants and public health initiatives. Visit http://www.amafoundation.org for more information about the AMA Foundation's programs.


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