MSM Congratulates Dr. Krystal Mills, Recipient of The American College of Gastroenterology’s Governors Award for Excellence in Clinical Research

Mills’ abstract is among only 5% to receive this noted distinction from the organization.

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ATLANTA – OCTOBER 21, 2021 – Morehouse School of Medicine is excited to announce that Dr. Krystal Mills, resident, Morehouse School of Medicine, received The American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) Governors Award for Excellence in Clinical Research (Trainee) and is designated as an ACG Presidential Poster.

Dr. Mills’ scientific abstract, “Enrollment Rate of African Americans in a Colon Cancer Screening Trial at a Historically Black College and University Is Similar to Other Patient Populations,” was recognized with a blue Presidential Poster ribbon during the ACG 2021 poster sessions. This award is determined by the ACG Abstract Selection Committee. Each year, approximately 5% of accepted abstracts receive this distinction for high quality, novel, unique and interesting research. Five winners are selected from among all abstracts submitted. Three awards are given to Fellows or Members of the ACG, and two awards are given to fellows-in-training. The ACG Governors Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research are supported by the ACG Board of Governors, the state, and regional elected representatives for the College.

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is the preeminent professional organization that champions the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive disorders. The ACG guides the delivery of the highest quality, compassionate, and evidence-based patient care. The organization’s mission is to enhance the ability of our members to provide world class care to patients with digestive disorders and advance the profession through excellence and innovation based upon the pillars of Patient Care, Education, Scientific Investigation, Advocacy and Practice Management.

“The award given to Dr. Mills by The American College of Gastroenterology is truly a well-deserved recognition for her hard work and dedication,” said Julia J. Liu, MD, professor of medicine, chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Morehouse School of Medicine. “The work is not only interesting and innovative but is only the beginning of Dr. Mills’ contributions to the field of gastroenterology.”

The ACG Governors Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research carries with it a prize of $1,000 for the presenting author. Recipients are encouraged to use the stipend to cover the cost of travel and lodging to present their paper/poster at the ACG 2021 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, October 22 to 27, 2021.

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Nicole V. Linton