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MD Candidate Kirsten Concha-Moore Receives National Award for Diversity Efforts

Monday, December 12, 2016

Kirsten Concha-Moore, a member of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson class of 2018, received a Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship award this fall. This award is presented to five students entering their third year of medical school that “have shown leadership in efforts to eliminate inequalities in medical education and health care” and have addressed “educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities in the United States.” The award was presented at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual meeting on November 14, 2016, in Seattle.

Concha-Moore is a post-sophomore fellow in the Department of Pathology. Last year she participated in the Rural Health Professions Program and was awarded the Native Graduate Health Fellowship from the National Congress of American Indians. Concha-Moore also received the Diversity Leadership Award from COM-T and the Outstanding Graduate Service Award from UA Native American Student Affairs. In her first year of medical school she became a voting member of the COM-T admissions committee.

Concha-Moore is motivated by her experience as a member of the Taos and Jemez Pueblo tribes in northern New Mexico and by the primary care she received from the Indian Health Service. She is now the West Coast regional representative of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) and helped bring an ANAMS chapter to COM-T. Additionally, she is a mentor for students in the Association of American Indian Physicians Premedical Admissions Workshop.