February 2002

Grant Results

SUMMARY

In 1999, the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington (AAMC) established the annual Nickens Lecture Award.

Herbert W. Nickens, M.D. was an AAMC vice president and a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholar. He was also a director of two programs designed to increase the number of qualified underrepresented minority students in medicine via the AAMC's Project 3000 by 2000 and RWJF's Minority Medical Education Program. He died in 1999.

Key Results

  • Donald Wilson, M.D., was the first recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens, M.D. Awards in October 2000 in recognition of his efforts to promote diversity and equity in health care.
  • In November 2001 Lee C. Bollinger — then president of the University of Michigan and who will become the 19th president of Columbia University effective July 1, 2002 — became the second recipient of the Nickens Lecture Award in recognition of his efforts to protect the educational needs of minority students.

Funding
RWJF supported the awards with a one-month grant of $200,000 in October 1999.

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THE PROJECT

This grant allowed the Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, (AAMC) to establish the annual Nickens Lecture Award.

The award is a component of the Herbert W. Nickens Memorial Fund, which was established by the AAMC to commemorate the efforts of Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., to address the educational, social, and health care needs of minorities.

Nickens was an AAMC vice president and a former RWJF Clinical Scholar, He was also the director of two programs designed to increase the number of qualified underrepresented minority students in medicine via the AAMC's Project 3000 by 2000 and RWJF's Minority Medical Education Program. He died in 1999.

Every year, the fund also grants $5,000 Nickens Scholarship Awards to outstanding underrepresented minorities in medical school (five were awarded in 2000) and a $15,000 Nickens Faculty Award to a minority junior faculty member.

The lecture award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care. Recipients of the award receive $10,000 and they deliver a lecture at the AAMC's annual meeting.

More than four dozen foundations, associations, and other institutions, as well as more than a hundred individuals, have helped the AAMC raise more than half of the $1 million it seeks to endow the Herbert W. Nickens Memorial Fund.

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RESULTS

  • Donald Wilson, M.D., was the first recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens, M.D. Awards in October 2000 in recognition of his efforts to promote diversity and equity in health care.

    The lecture he presented at the AAMC's annual meeting in Chicago on October 27, 2000, was entitled "Diversity: The Need, the Challenge, the Promise." It focused on the importance of ethnic diversity not only in the delivery of culturally competent health care but also in setting agendas for clinical research.
  • In November 2001 Lee C. Bollinger — then president of the University of Michigan and who will become the 19th president of Columbia University effective July 1, 2002 — became the second recipient of the Nickens Lecture Award in recognition of his efforts to protect the educational needs of minority students.

    The lecture, which was presented at the AAMC's annual meeting in Washington, on November 3, 2001, focused on the importance of diversity to education. Bollinger lectures nationally on the benefits of diversity in education, and while serving as president of the University of Michigan, has strongly defended the university's policy on affirmative action.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Herbert W. Nickens Memorial Fund

Grantee

Association of American Medical Colleges (Washington,  DC)

  • Amount: $ 200,000
    Dates: October 1999 to October 1999
    ID#:  037676

Contact

Jordan J. Cohen, M.D.
(202) 828-0460
Jjcohen.HQ.AAMC@aamc.org

Web Site

http://www.aamc.org

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

World Wide Web Sites

www.aamc.org/about/awards/nickensaward.htm provides information on the Herbert W. Nickens Memorial Fund and recent Nickens award recipients. Washington, D.C.: Association of American Medical Colleges.

Press Kits and News Releases

"AAMC Honors University of Michigan President Lee Bollinger," a news release by the Association of American Medical Colleges, distributed November 4, 2001.

"Bollinger Says He Will Continue Fighting for Affirmative Action," a news release sent over the Associated Press wire on November 6, 2001. Written by reporter Nedra Pickler.

"AAMC Names University of Maryland Dean First Recipient of Nickens Award for Diversity," a news release by the Association of American Medical Colleges, distributed October 28, 2000.

"University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean to Lead Nation's Deans. Three AAMC Awards Go to School of Medicine," a press release by the University of Maryland, October 2000.

Presentations and Testimony

Lee C. Bollinger, "The Importance of Diversity in Education," Herbert W. Nickens Lecture Award 2001, at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 3, 2001, Washington, D.C.

Donald Wilson, "Diversity: The Need, the Challenge, the Promise," Herbert W. Nickens Lecture Award 2000, at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, October 27, 2000, Chicago, Ill.

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Report prepared by: Dexter Hutchins
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Robert Crum
Program Officer: Jane Isaacs Lowe

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