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Published in This Week on November 04, 2013

AAMC honors Shirley for diversity support

Shirley_Aaron 2Dr. Aaron Shirley, one of Mississippi's civil rights icons, received the 2013 Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges Nov. 2 at the AAMC's annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

Honored for his lifetime of service in support of diversity in medical education and the elimination of health disparities, Shirley is to deliver a "thought leader" lecture at the conference today.

Originally from Gluckstadt, Shirley completed medical school and an internship in Tennessee before entering private practice in Vicksburg. He set his sights on a pediatric residency out of state, but was invited to apply for a training slot at UMMC by then-chair of pediatrics Dr. Blair E. Batson.

He became the first African-American resident - and the first black learner in any program - at UMMC in 1965. He went on to serve as a clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatrics for more than 40 years.

To view a press release about Shirley's award, click here


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