February 24, 2005

Prateek Chaudhary, a student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, will be honored in March with a 2005 American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award.

He is one of 20 medical students receiving the award at the 2005 Excellence in Medicine Awards Banquet on March 13 in Washington, D.C. The award is presented annually to medical students, residents/fellows, young physicians and international medical graduate physicians who show strong leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.

â??We are extremely proud of Prateekâ??s accomplishments,â? said Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the health science center. â??He is a talented student whose leadership extends beyond the health science center.â?

Chaudhary served as a medical student intern in the Washington, D.C., office of the American Medical Association in summer 2004. He recently was elected the 2005â??2006 chair of the Texas Medical Association, medical student section. He is the first osteopathic medical student to hold the position.

Chaudhary is a dual degree student, jointly enrolled as a medical student in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as a master of public health candidate in the School of Public Health. He will graduate in 2007.

Chaudhary is originally from Missouri City, Texas, and earned his bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently resides in Fort Worth.


Contact: Becky Purvis 817-735-5152, pager 817-216-0345, e-mail

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