School of Medicine Students Receive Inaugural National Medical Association Scholarships from GSMA


Two Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) students received inaugural National Medical Association Scholarships at the Georgia State Medical Association’s (GSMA) annual meeting June 13 on Hilton Head Island.

Dontre Douse, a member of the Class of 2020, and Morgan Joseph, a member of the Class of 2021, received two of the three inaugural scholarships for their character, academic achievement and dedication to assisting underserved populations. Both are pursuing M.D. degrees on MUSM’s Savannah campus.

Dontre Douse has given a number of talks to youth in his community about medicine and how to get into medical school or just success period. He has also been working to bolster his research by working on different projects with local mentors as well as abroad at places like Emory’s ENT Department. He was also recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society this past spring and was elected as the campus Co-chair.

Morgan Joseph was raised in Snellville Georgia, and lost her mother to colon cancer at age 7. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree biology. While at UGA she was a member of the Biology And Life Science Association and established a mentorship program to assist underclassmen in their science education. Morgan also served as a community service volunteer, She served as a UGA Service Ambassador, and as a member of the External Relations Committee. Morgan worked to coordinate education and advocacy forums to educate university students about the economic and health disparities surrounding the University. . As a Mercer ambassador, Morgan provided information sessions and tours for applicants and visiting dignitaries. She assisted in the admissions process through her feedback of those applicants. She is currently interested in pediatrics.

The scholarships were presented by Dr. Linda Walden, a 1992 graduate of MUSM who serves as past president and a current member of the Board of Directors for GSMA as well as chairperson of National Medical Association Region III.

Additionally, Dr. Julianne Birt, a practicing obstetrician and community medicine faculty member at MUSM, received the Distinguished Service Medallion Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of GSMA. Dr. Walden previously received the award in 2018.

This year’s meeting marked the 125th anniversary of the Georgia State Medical Association, which serves as the collective voice of African-American physicians and a leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.

Our 2019 theme was: “Medicine At It’s Best In Our Communities. Over 200 members were in attendance from all over GA and around the US. Special guest was Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson the 119th President Of the National Medical Association.

GSMA Member for over 30 years was Dr. David Satcher , our 16th U.S. Surgeon General was in attendance and an inspiration to all of Us.

Savannah members of the South Atlantic Medical Society (SAMC) in Savannah:were in attendance. including Dr. Ericka Russell-Petty, also President Elect Of GSMA, Dr. Myra Pope and Dr. Alfred and Mrs. Gorman, both Past President’s Of SAMC, and Dr. Rita Livingston King , current President of SAMC in Savannah.

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