COVID-19 outreach work wins AMA Impact Challenge

9 November 2020

A team of University of Queensland Ochsner medical students have been named winners in the 2020 American Medical Association’s (AMA) Health Systems Science Student and Resident Impact Challenge

This year’s challenge was focused on how medical students, residents and fellows across the country have applied health systems science to impact patients, physicians and health systems during the pandemic. 

Dr Kathy Jo Carstarphen, Senior Lecturer and Internal medicine physician with Ochsner Health said it is extremely gratifying to know that the training our students receive at Ochsner contributed to a pressing global crisis.

“The COVID-19 outreach work for the Ochsner MedVantage Network Innovation (OMNI) program assists disadvantaged patient populations who have multiple barriers to accessible medical care,” Dr Carstarphen said.

“Our medical students and faculty connected with this established network of vulnerable patients during the pandemic to help alleviate a predictable stress on the medical system.

“They assessed and screened patients for signs and symptoms of deteriorating health, as well as facilitate the acquisition of basic needs such as food and safe housing,” she said.

Medical students Monica Gillie, Kierha Baker and Diab Ali along with visiting student Oluwabukola “Bukky” Akingbola, will be acknowledged in a feature article published by the AMA. They are also invited to present at the AMA’s next ChangeMedEd conference and each student is eligible for a $500 award. 

Monica Gillie
Kierha Baker
Diab Ali


Oluwabukola “Bukky” Akingbola
Dr. Kathy Jo Carstarphen