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Leadership endeavors earn med student national AMA award

Third-year medical student Alicia Billington recently received the 2012 Leadership Award for Excellence in Medicine from the American Medical Association. Only 30 students, medical residents, fellows and young physicians across the country earned this year’s award and Billington was the only one of the 30 from Florida.

Billington, who accepted the award at the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference in February in Washington, DC, was nominated for her strong leadership roles both inside and outside USF. Among her many endeavors, Billington will be the first MD-Engineering PhD at USF, aiming to accomplish both programs within five years.

Alicia Billington with AMA President Dr. Peter Carmel

Third-year medical student Alicia Billington (left) accepts the AMA's Leadership Award for Excellence in Medicine from AMA President Dr. Peter Carmel.

In his nomination letter of her, Dr. Mathis Becker, director of professional relations for USF Health and administrative liaison to the Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, wrote:

“I have observed Alicia in several leadership roles as she has risen through the ranks of our county medical association, the Florida Medical Association, our AMA.  She has been actively engaged in authoring resolutions debated at the AMA-MSS Annual and Interim Assembly Meetings where I observed involvement as the physician advisor to both the FMA’s MSS and AMA’s Region 4.  Ms. Billington has represented our students as part of the visitation the Deans of our several medical schools make to meet with state legislators in our Capitol.  She’s exhibited thorough research and developed positive talking points on issues of concern to our medical schools.  She has taken an extremely active role in communicating with our Florida Congressional delegation the serious problem Florida has with lack of sufficient GME positions.”

Among her many leadership roles, Billington was co-president of her class (2013) for two years and vice president of the medical council for the College of Medicine for a year, where she created the Leadership in Medicine Lecture Series. She was awarded by the Hillsborough County Medical Association for outstanding leadership, was selected as Volunteer of the Year by the Tampa General Hospital, and received the Florida Medical Association’s Foundation Scholarship. Outside of those and many other achievements, Billington started a running group (Docs on the Run) to help fellow medical students, as well as students from nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy, have an outlet for relieving the stress of school.