UCSD School of Medicine
Ann Folkins

Ann Folkins
Congratulations to Ann Folkins ('05) for receiving the Carrlene Harper Memorial Scholarship

Carrlene Harper worked for more than 10 years in the Office of Student Affairs and is remembered for her warmth and caring for all medical students as well as her remarkable talent in visual arts. At her death in 1993, the staff and faculty decided to start a scholarship in her name with a focus on a student who embodies a spirit of giving and who is willing to work hard to benefit those in need of special assistance.

Ann Folkins is one such person. Throughout medical school, Ann has worked closely with Dr. Georgia Robins Sadler at the Cancer Center to design and circulate educational materials about cancer to the Deaf community. The summer after her first year, she began drafting a script and creating graphics for a video on prostate and testicular cancer. She paid particular attention to making the video culturally and linguistically appropriate for the Deaf. This video film, Prostate and Testicular Cancer: Know Your Options, is used in clinics today and is available on the internet and throughout Deaf organizations, libraries and churches in California.

Building on her interest and concern for the Deaf community, Ann is currently writing a paper summarizing the results of the pilot survey study on the effectiveness of the video. "Through my personal exposure to members of the Deaf community, I am better able to understand their culture and language, skills which only enhance my future as a medical practitioner."

We congratulate Ann on this well-deserved honor and commend her for her outstanding academic achievements!



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