April 11, 2022 | Glendale, AZ
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine student doctor Ashley Roberts (AZCOM 2023) was recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA).
Ms. Roberts was nominated by Lori Kemper, D.O., Dean, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, for her efforts in helping to organize and lead the AZCOM chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), a national organization supporting underrepresented minorities in medicine and advocating for underserved communities. Ms. Roberts co-founded and served as AZCOM’s chapter president during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Ms. Roberts worked with AZCOM administration and leadership to help increase minority representation through her role as student representative on the AZCOM admissions committee. She also helped develop the AZCOM Bridges program, which provides a pathway for underrepresented students to enter the Biomedical Science Program in the College of Graduate Studies and simultaneously receive admission to AZCOM for the following year. Faculty and student mentors work with these students to learn the necessary study skills and to meet prerequisite GPA and MCAT targets.
“This award means so much to me,” Ms. Roberts says. “I am happy to help foster change and to see Midwestern University continue to progress. It was an honor to be nominated by Dr. Kemper and to receive this award at the annual AOMA medical convention. I would not have been able to do this without the original SNMA team and the endless support from family, friends, and peers.”