MLK Day Celebration

On Jan. 19, University of Virginia School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and Medical Center honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Jan. 19, University of Virginia School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and Medical Center honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a keynote address by Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D, Chief Diversity Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Additional speakers included Joel Anderson, PhD; Marcus Martin, MD; President Teresa Sullivan; Gregory Townsend, MD; Susan Kools, PhD, RN; Dean Randolph Canterbury, MD; and CEO Pamela Sutton-Wallace. Dr. Marcus Martin presented the 2015 UVAHS Martin Luther King, Jr. Award to UVA School of Nursing Dean Dorrie Fontaine (accepted on her behalf by Dr. Kools). Attendees were also treated to a wonderful rendition of “Stand By Me” by a capella group The Arrhythmics.

It was a day full of events designed to educate the community about opportunities and the relevance of diversity in health professions. High-school students toured UVA School of Nursing School Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Center to learn about medical procedures and managing their own health. They participated in a panel featuring UVA students pursuing medical careers, a discussion on the use of technology in healthcare research, and interactive sessions in the Clinical Simulation Learning Center’s facilities.

Here are a few photos from the afternoon:

Thank you to the MLK Diversity in Health Care Planning Committee: Marcus Martin, MD; Gregory Townsend, MD; Brian Gittens, EdD; Preston Reynolds, MD; Judy Pointer; Mildred Best; Joel Anderson, PhD; and Gwen Christmas.

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