UNT student named 2022 Student of the Year by medical group

“With a background in public health policy, I came to medical school hoping to find an organization where I could continue that work,” said Kate Russell.

DENTON, Texas – A North Texas college student will receive a state award for her work in the medical field, the Texas Medical Association announced Friday.

The Texas Medical Association’s Medical Student Section recognized Kate Russell, a sophomore medical student at the University of North Texas, with the 2022 Student of the Year award.

Russell is a member of her university’s Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and is the immediate former president of the Texas Medical Association’s medical student division. Russell said she has a passion for organized medicine and advocacy.

“I was honored to realize I had been selected as Student of the Year at the TMA Winter Conference in January,” said Russell.

This organization’s House of Representatives policymaking body officially announced Russell’s award in Houston at TexMed, the Texas Medical Association’s annual conference.

“With a background in public health policy, I went to medical school hoping to find an organization where I could continue that work,” Russell said. “TMA provides so many opportunities for medical students to advocate for our profession and our patients, and it allows us to be a part of the policy-making process.”

Joshua Baker, a fellow student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, nominated Russell.

“She really proved over the past year what outstanding leadership and dedication to TMA looks like as president of our department at TCOM,” said Baker.

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Baker also said that after a year in which COVID-19 curtailed organization, the past year has “helped cultivate the team that was able to create a slew of events,” such as a flu vaccine clinic for Fort Worth residents with a low income.

Russell is also a regular organizer of Walk With a Doc events and invites community members to walk with physicians and medical students for exercise and connection with the medical community in the program supported by the Texas Medical Association.

Russell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Baylor University. She holds a master of science degree in public health from Emory University and will graduate from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2024 with her medical degree.

Since 1998, the Texas Medical Association’s medical student section has recognized a member who excels in advancing the section’s goals and policies to improve Texas’ health care system. The chapter aims to engage students in organized medicine by encouraging their involvement in local medical associations in the province.

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