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LLUMC physician receives leadership award from AMA

Jun Chiong, MD, cardiologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center, recently won the Amer�ican Medical Association�s coveted Foundation Leadership Award.
Jun Chiong, MD, cardiologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center, recently won the Amer­ican Medical Association’s coveted Foundation Leadership Award.
Jun R. Chiong, MD, a cardiologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center who serves as associate professor of medicine and director of the cardiomyopathy program in the division of cardiology, recently walked away with the American Medical Association’s coveted Foundation Leadership Award.

The Award, which is offered in association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, presents doctors in four separate categories—medical students, resi­­dents and fellows, early career physicians, and established physicians—an exciting opportunity to advance their leadership skills and gain recognition for the excellent quality of service they are providing to their patients, communities, and profession.

They will also participate in the AMA’s 2008 National Advo­cacy Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 1 and 2 where they will hear nationally recognized speakers discuss the role of the doctor in advocating for patients’ health on a national level.

In 2008, 15 Awards were presented in each of the four categories to doctors who demonstrate strong non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service, public health and/or education.

Dr. Chiong decided to apply for the Award after discovering an announcement about it while searching the AMA website for information on research grants. He didn’t commit to the idea of entering the contest until his mentor, Steven A. Geraci, MD, encouraged him to give it a go. Dr. Geraci, who chairs the American College of Chest Physicians Cardiovascular and Surgery Network, trained Dr. Chiong when he was a fellow at the University of Florida. “He has been instrumental in encouraging me to pursue a career in academics,” Dr. Chiong states.

When Dr. Chiong learned, on January 15, 2008, that his entry had been chosen as one of 15 winners in the category of early career physicians, he felt gratified to see his work recognized at such a high level. As a graduate of the Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu City, Philippines, he felt a sense of gratification that someone like himself, who came from another country, could come to America to practice medicine and compete against physicians who received their medical education here.

Not only did the competition provide Dr. Chiong a clear sense of where he stands—at the head of the class!—it also gave his wife Carol and daughters, Cloie and Cassidy reason to rejoice. Most of all, it provided a fresh new insight into the essential nature of the American dream.

“After winning this award,” he recalls, “I would have to say that it’s a fact that America is a land of opportunities. It’s all up to us to decide how far up we want to go. With passion, motivation and dedication, anything can happen!”

By James Ponder

TODAY news for Thursday, March 17, 2008