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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2003

Peahen Gandhi Presented with the Leonard Tow
Humanism in Medicine Award for Graduating Medical Students

DAYTON, OHIO--Fourth-year medical student, Peahen H. Gandhi, was presented with the "Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine" award during Wright State University School of Medicine's graduation ceremony on June 6, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.Peahen Gandhi receives award image

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Humanism in Medicine Awards at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools. Its goal is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster healthcare professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity, and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor." This award is presented to those who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

Gandhi was nominated by her fellow students and faculty members and was given the award for her "consistency in demonstrating compassion and empathy in the delivery of health care to patients and their families."

Gandhi is a graduate of Clearcreek High School in Amanda, Ohio, and holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Denison University in Granville. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and is also a member of several national organizations including: the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Medical Association, the American Medical Student Association (secretary and student delegate), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (Wright State University School of Medicine liaison for Student Affairs Committee), and the American Medical Women's Association.

Gandhi has been involved in numerous community volunteer activities including the Gospel Mission, the American Stroke Association's "Brain Attack, Fight Back Awareness Day," the Columbus Breast Cancer Awareness Walk/Run, the Wright State Student-to-Student Program, and Reachout of Montgomery County. Gandhi also served as class secretary for the class of 2003.