Save the date for the 20th Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lecture to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at noon.
The keynote speaker will be George C. Hill, professor of medical education and administration and professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology, emeritus, at Vanderbilt University. More information to come.
In addition, nominations are now being sought for the annual Levi Watkins, Jr. Faculty Award and Levi Watkins, Jr. Student Awards.
About the faculty award
This award is presented annually to at least one member of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty or administration who has made outstanding contributions to the institution and community in fostering opportunities for underrepresented minorities in educational, training and research programs.
About the student awards
These awards are presented annually to at least one graduate student and one medical student associated with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who have made outstanding contributions to the institution and community in fostering a more diverse environment that is enriching, encouraging and embracing of all Vanderbilt medical school students, faculty, staff and administrators.
About Levi Watkins, Jr.
Levi Watkins Jr., MD’70, made significant contributions toward increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the sciences. A distinguished physician and researcher, Watkins became the first African American student to be admitted to VUSM in 1966. He graduated in 1970 and was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He continued his training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. Watkins embodied the attributes important to serving as a renowned role model for those who pursue careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences.