Massachusetts Medical Society: Tufts University School of Medicine student wins Massachusetts Medical Society essay contest

Tufts University School of Medicine student wins Massachusetts Medical Society essay contest

Rajesh K. ReddyWALTHAM – A Tufts University School of Medicine student has won the Massachusetts Medical Society’s 2018 Annual Medical Student History Essay Contest for a paper entitled

“Little City Halls: Columbia Point and the Community Health Center Movement in Boston.”

Rajesh K. Reddy, a third-year joint medical degree/master in public health candidate, won a $1,000 award for the winning essay. The essay focuses on the work and impact of Drs. H. Jack Geiger and Count Gibson, who in 1965 established the nation’s first community health center (CHC) at Columbia Point.  The CHC movement in Boston, the essay describes, “pulled healthcare power away from major hospitals and city government and brought it down to the local level, giving truth to Geiger’s vision of healthcare that is ‘of the people, for the people, and by the people.’”

Mr. Reddy, a Massachusetts native, is a 2012 graduate of Tufts University, from where he earned a degree in political science.  His studies at Tufts included studying the health system in Iraqi Kurdistan and working as a White House intern in the Domestic Policy Council.  He currently serves as student representative on the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Legislation and, as a member of the American Medical Association, Mr. Reddy sits on the organization’s student Committee on Global and Public Health.

The essay contest is sponsored by the Medical Society’s Committee on History and invites essays related to the history of medicine or public health in Massachusetts since the establishment of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1781.  Articles are judged on scholarship, originality, and clarity of expression. 

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