Hattiesburg, Miss., May 7, 2013 - Joshua Stake of Jacksonville, Fla., a second-year medical student at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WCUCOM), has been accepted as a 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar. He was selected for this highly competitive and impressive award from among a national pool of medical students’ applicants with interests in public health and prevention (both MD and DO). As part of the program, Stake will attend a leadership symposium in Washington, D.C., June 20-23, and conduct a community-based health education project. Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate professor of medicine and associate dean of planning, assessment, and competency development at WCUCOM, will accompany him to D.C. as his mentor. Stake’s project is focused on implementing best practices to help prevent childhood obesity in the Hattiesburg community.
The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. Since 2002, more than 460 students from over 160 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars, equipped with leadership and organizational skills in public health education that can only be found outside of the classroom.