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MD Student Christian Pean honored with the American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award

Christian Pean, Class of 2016, is one of 15 medical students and resident physicians to be honored with the American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award.

  • (March 31, 2015)

Every year the American Medical Association Foundation honors a select group of physicians and medical students who exemplify the medical profession's highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care. The inspirational stories of these awardees demonstrate the enormous impact that one person can have in his or her community.

Mr. Pean will be honored at the 2015 awards celebration will be held on June 6, 2015, in conjunction with the 2015 AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

A first-generation American and the son of a Haitian father and Mexican mother, Mr. Pean has a longstanding interest in improving medical education and healthcare capacity in Haiti. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the continental nonprofit Medical Students for Haiti, an organization for which he played an integral role in co-founding and sustaining. He has initiated, coordinated and personally participated in several medical education and emergency medicine capacity building projects in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with collaborators from Universite Quisqueya and Icahn. He is also spearheading a new effort to implement a near-peer musculoskeletal medicine teaching program this year at the same site in conjunction with the orthopaedic department at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

In addition to his global health interests, Mr. Pean has worked extensively with the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs to support mentorship of underrepresented premedical students and was previously president of the Students for Equal Opportunities in Medicine (SEOM) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapters at Mount Sinai. He is currently completing an orthopaedic trauma research fellowship with Dr. Kenneth Egol at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases between his third- and fourth-year of study at Icahn School of Medicine. He intends to apply for a residency position in orthopaedic surgery and his career interests include trauma, health disparities, medical education, and international health."  Read more