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    Dr. Regina Benjamin Becomes First Morehouse School of Medicine Graduate and Trustee to Receive MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship

    The MacArthur Foundation yesterday announced the 25 new MacArthur Fellows for 2008 and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) graduate and trustee Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., was selected for this prestigious honor.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Cherie Richardson / 404.752.1917 / crichardson@msm.edu

    The MacArthur Foundation yesterday announced the 25 new MacArthur Fellows for 2008 and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) graduate and trustee Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., was selected for this prestigious honor.

    In 1990, Benjamin founded Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic to serve the Gulf Coast fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, where she provides the highest quality medical care to an underserved community.

    The new Fellows will each receive $500,000 in "no strings attached" support over the next five years.

    "Dr. Benjamin's work certainly merits this esteemed honor," said MSM President John E. Maupin Jr., D.D.S. "She has dedicated her time, skills and resources to serving residents in her community and making the differences in the lives of hundreds of people. She stands as an inspiration to us all."

    Prior to starting her clinic, she served as associate dean for rural health at the University of South Alabama's College of Medicine, where she administrated the Alabama-AHEC and USA Telemedicine Programs. From 2000-03, she served as president of the State of Alabama Medical Association.

    Her commitment and self-sacrifice have been recognized by the American Medical Association board of trustees, where she became the first African- American woman and first person under 40 to be elected to its board. Her other accolades include being named by Time magazine as one of the "Nation's 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under," and "Woman of the Year," by People magazine.

    According to an online news release, "MacArthur Fellowships offer the opportunity for Fellows to accelerate their current activities or take their work in new directions. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. The extraordinary creativity of MacArthur Fellows knows neither boundaries nor the constraints of age, place, and endeavor."

    Benjamin earned a bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and was a member of the second class of MSM. She completed her doctor of medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Benjamin also holds an M.B. A. from Tulane University.

    The MacArthur Fellows Program was the first major grant making initiative of the Foundation. The inaugural class was named in 1981. To date, 781 people, ages 18 to 82, have been selected as MacArthur Fellows since the program began.

    25 New MacArthur Fellows
    Announced Out of the blue - $500,000 - No strings
    Tuesday, September 23, 2008 http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4196225/apps/s/content.asp?%20ct=5984635%202008

    MacArthur Fellows
    Regina Benjamin
    http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4537251/

    25 Receive $500,000 'Genius' Fellowships
    By Patricia Cohen
    The New York Times
    Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/arts/23fell.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Regina%20Benjamin&st=cse&oref=slogin

    MacArthur Foundation awards 2008 'genius grants'
    By Caryn Rousseau
    Associated Press
    Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2008-09-23-macarthur-geniusgrants_%20N.htm?loc=interstitialskip


    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at www.msm.edu.

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