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Charlotte Amalie
Monday, July 15, 2024


May 14, 2002 – Delegate Donna Christian Christensen last week received the Dean's Special Recognition Award for 2002 from Howard University's College of Medicine. She was honored for her work as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus's Health Braintrust, where she has championed the cause of improving health care for minorities.
Christensen, who was a family physician in St. Croix before she entered politics, did part of her medical training at Howard University Hospital.
"There is no greater recognition than from one's own," she said at Howard's Honors and Oath Day ceremony held for 46 students about to enter the medical profession.
Christensen said that while she did not attend Howard University College of Medicine, the school had a significant role in shaping the person she is today. In accepting the award, she commended the school for its "relentless pursuit of science, education and research, use of cutting edge technology and new projects."
She added, "I hope that the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to benefit from some of this, as we have from so much of your accomplishments in the past." She commended the school for educating many of the physicians who practice in the territory and throughout the Caribbean.
Christensen told the students that while the practice of medicine has become more business-like in the years since she entered the profession, they were embarking on a career that is much needed.
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