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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1 , 2002

Local Wright State Medical Student
Receives 2002 Leadership Award from the AMA

DAYTON, OHIO--Second-year medical student, Todd Ian Smith, has been selected by the American Medical Association (AMA) for its Foundation Leadership Award for 2002.

The Foundation Leadership Award is given each year to 25 outstanding medical students around the country who demonstrate strong non-clinical leadership skills in medicine or community affairs. The award is given to encourage student involvement in organized medicine, and to help them continue in developing their leadership skills alongside the country's brightest and most energetic students.

Richard Schuster, M.D., M.M.M., Oscar Boonshoft Chair and Director of the Division of Health Systems Management, recommended Smith for the award. Schuster said in his support of Smith that, "His leadership talent is well demonstrated in both formal and informal settings. His leadership skills are quite evident in his interaction with his peers and fellow officers."

The award allows Smith to attend AMAs conference, "Leadership for the Future: Unifying Medicine," that will be held in Los Angles this March.

The AMA Foundation is a philanthropic branch of the American Medical Association and is dedicated to serving the needs of physicians and patients through support for programs in education, research and service.

Smith is a graduate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He holds a BA in Economics and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society of Omega Nomination.