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Cassandra Rendon ('18) receives the John T. Wolf Award

By Susan Green

During the 45th Annual Association of American Indian Physicians conference held in summer 2016, Geisel MD-MPH student Cassandra Rendon received two honors.

She was named President-Elect of the national executive board of the Association of Native American Medical Students, where she was secretary and technical chair, and also received the John T. Wolf MD, Outstanding Native American Medical Student Scholarship Award.

Given to one medical student annually, the award recognizes those who achieved exceptional work in a particular course or research, who have demonstrated professionalism and leadership in their community or school, and who have contributed to Native American health.

Rendon, Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Oglala Lakota, spent the past year establishing Indian Health Service sites for third-year Geisel students completing family medicine clerkships who are interested in Native heath. She also mentors Native American and minority Dartmouth undergraduates interested in pursing careers in medicine.

"I accepted and dedicated this award to my late friend and classmate Kelsie Gleason, who was an outstanding Native medical student," Rendon says. "She continues to inspire me and many others to work hard for myself and for my Native people.

"These events are a reminder to be grateful for all of the blessings I have in my life and for all of my family and friends who have supported me on my journey into medicine."

Rendon is currently pursuing a master's degree in public health at The Dartmouth Institute and will finish her MD degree at Geisel next year.

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