Daramy and Patel-Nguyen receive 2015 Sanders International Residency Scholarship Award

Project HOPE, the global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, and the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to advancing science, health and education recently announced the winners of the 2015 Dr. Charles A. Sanders and Project HOPE International Residency Scholarships. Both of this year’s Sanders Scholars are first-year resident physicians training at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

The prestigious and highly competitive scholarships offers medical residents and fellows studying at one of the four medical schools in the state of North Carolina the chance to practice medicine in a supervised capacity for one to two months at one of Project HOPE’s program sites in the developing world.

2015 Sanders Scholarship Winner - Fatmata Daramy, M.D., M.P.H.
Fatmata Daramy, M.D., M.P.H.

The winners of the 2015 Sanders scholarships are Fatmata Daramy, M.D., M.P.H. and Sonya Patel-Nguyen, M.D. Both of this year’s Sanders Scholars are first-year resident physicians training at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Fatmata Daramy, MD, MPH, a native of Sierra Leone who is specializing in pediatrics, will travel to the Dominican Republic, where she will treat patients at a Project HOPE-affiliated women’s and children’s health clinic in the impoverished and densely populated Herrera neighborhood of Santo Domingo. Sonya Patel-Nguyen, MD, who is specializing in pediatrics and internal medicine, will travel to Vijayawada, India, where she will practice at NRI General Hospital, a Project HOPE-affiliated, 1,000-bed charity hospital.

2015 Sanders Scholarship Winner Sonya Patel-Nguyen, M.D.
Sonya Patel-Nguyen, M.D.
“Drs. Daramy and Patel-Nguyen were chosen as this year’s Sanders Scholars for their exceptional passions for global health. They have both demonstrated a commitment to pursuing careers that will help vulnerable populations in the world gain access to affordable, quality health care,” said Andrea Dunne-Sosa, Project HOPE’s Director of Volunteer Programs. “We are confident that their experiences as Sanders Scholars will make them better, more globally conscious physicians.”  

Established in 2011 through a $1 million grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, the Sanders scholarship program honors the legacy of Charles A. Sanders, M.D., a former Chairman and CEO of GSK who also served as Project HOPE’s Chairman of the Board for more than 18 years. During his tenure on Project HOPE’s board, Dr. Sanders demonstrated a deep commitment to improving health care in the developing world.

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