Each year, AMS awards the Student Leadership Award to a medical student in good standing who is in the first, second, or third year of medical school. This student embodies the values of the medical profession through leadership, service, excellence, integrity, and ethical behavior, and also encourages other students to be community servants and/or political activists in addition to being dedicated students.
This year’s award recipient is UAMS student Hunter Cochran, who received the award from AMS President Dennis Yelvington, MD, at the UAMS White Coat Ceremony on August 2, 2019. Cochran completed her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she graduated with honors in Biology and a minor in Global Health. Hunter also graduated with Honors in Research.
During her time in medical school at UAMS, she has served as the chief of Harmony Health Coaching, Secretary of the AMA-AMS student section, vice president of the Internal Medicine Interest Group, and president of the Global Health Interest Group. Hunter spends her time volunteering at free health clinics around Little Rock, providing medical services to during the legislative session at the state capitol, creating science fairs for local elementary school students, and leading tours to incoming students and their families on campus. She is currently a fourth-year medical student and will be graduating in May of 2020. She is currently applying to residency programs in internal medicine and is interested in the field of hematology/oncology.