July 13, 2007

VUSM students land scholarships

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Richard Hu

VUSM students land scholarships

Meghan Jennings

Meghan Jennings

Two Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students were recently awarded scholarships.

• Second-year VUSM student Richard Hu has been awarded the Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) Scholarship. He is one of only eight students in medical schools across the country who received the award this year.

Hu, a native of Shanghai, has received $1,500 from CAMS, and plans to use the award to support his medical school studies and his emphasis research project on diagnostic reasoning and medical problem solving.

• Meghan Jennings, also a second-year VUSM student, has been awarded an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Summer Scholarship for Medical Students, which is awarded to increase interest in the infectious diseases specialty.

Jennings is studying with Peter Wright, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Her Emphasis project is to assess the impact of dengue virus in Haiti. She recently returned from Haiti where she observed clinical care and performed laboratory research at GHESKIO centers there. GHESKIO — Groupe Haitien d'Etude du Darcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes — is the oldest AIDS research organization in the developing world. Wright has had a 15-year collaboration with the group.

Students in any year at a U.S. medical school are eligible for this award.

According to the IDSA, the scholarship activity must focus on pediatric or adult infectious diseases and may involve either clinical or research activities.