Congratulations to Elizabeth Carter, graduating senior at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and recipient of this year’s Dr. Sam Goldfein Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Nathan Goldfein, Sam’s son, presented Carter with the $2,500 award and an appreciation plaque during the annual Senior Breakfast Ceremony last month.
Dr. Nathan Goldfein established the fund as a permanent endowment to both honor his father’s exemplary life and work, and to help ease the financial burden of an outstanding medical student. The University of Arizona College of Medicine staff and the fund’s Advisory Committee unanimously agreed that Elizabeth was an excellent student to receive the award this year. Elizabeth’s character clearly mirrors that of Dr. Sam Goldfein, demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities, commitment to healing, patient advocacy and education.
“I was ecstatic and honored to receive such a meaningful award that upholds many beliefs I hold dear. I would not be the person and physician that I am today if I had not followed in the moral footsteps of Dr. Sam Goldfein,” says Elizabeth. “I am so grateful for the monetary award, and chose to give some of it back to the community service programs at our medical school, so that others have the capability to pay it forward as I did. Words cannot express how thankful I am!”
Elizabeth graduated from Creighton University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology, and she completed her research internship at Sun Health Research Institute in 2008. Since matriculating at the University of Arizona in 2011, Elizabeth completed 336 hours of community service in addition to volunteering in the Shubitz Family Clinic, the Nogales Peds Clinic, Casa de los Niños, Tar Wars, Art Works, JAWS Adaptive Athletics (Juniors Active in Wheelchair Sports), and Tot Shots Vaccine Clinic. Elizabeth was also a coordinator and caregiver at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Women’s Clinic for victims of domestic violence. She also served as a Secondary Screener for the UofA admissions process during 2013-14.
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