Elysia Alvarez, a first-year medical student at UC Irvine, has received a 2007 Minority Scholars Award from the American Medical Association Foundation. As one of only 11 recipients, she will be given a $10,000 scholarship in recognition of her excellence as a medical student and outstanding promise for a future career. Alvarez is enrolled in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community, a unique program intended to prepare clinical leaders focused on improving health care for California’s Latino population, and has volunteered at Long Beach Miller Children’s hospital and the School of Medicine’s student-run clinic, Clinica Carino.