Alexis Cates, a fourth-year student in the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine from Mandeville, La., was recently awarded the Nichols LEAD Scholar Award by the American Osteopathic Foundation.
The Nichols LEAD Scholar Award, given to an osteopathic medical student whose leadership, excellence, achievement and dedication are proven in the classroom and community, includes a $1,000 cash gift and honors Dr. Karen J. Nichols, the first female president of the American Osteopathic Association.
Cates was given the award for demonstrating a “passion for serving and leading others,” according to Foundation officials. Cates has served as chairperson of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association Foundation and as a member of its national board of trustees, Carey chapter president and co-chair of its political affairs committee.
As a fourth-year student, Cates is completing her coursework for the medical program and is involved in clinical rotations. She is currently working in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.