Clark County Medical Society Recognizes Local Medical Students with 2014 Student Rising Star Award

“Student Rising Star Award” recipients to be honored at the 2014 President’s Installation & Awards Ceremony on June 14 at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS - May 13, 2014 - PRLog -- The Clark County Medical Society (CCMS ( has selected two recipients for its 2014 Student Rising Star Award that honors outstanding medical students studying in Nevada. This year’s recipients are Ori DeVera from Touro University and Elizabeth Telles-Richardson from University of Nevada School of Medicine.  The students will receive their awards during the 2014 President’s Installation & Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 14, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

Ori DeVera is a third-year osteopathic medical student at Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. DeVera served on the DOCARE International Medical Mission to Guatemala where his team saw over 1,200 patients over the span of four clinic days. In addition to this and his demanding course load, DeVera is involved with student organizations including being active in student government and having served as both the first-year chief class officer and student body president.

Elizabeth Richardson is a third-year medical student at University of Nevada School of Medicine. While putting herself through college, Richardson solidified her passion for science and began extensive volunteer work with hospitals and cancer foundations. As she comes closer to accomplishing her goal of becoming an obstetrician/gynecology, she has worked to bridge the gap that lies between monitories and access to quality health care by using her ability to identify with both the minority culture and the culture of being a health care provider.

To determine deserving medical students, the CCMS Presidents’ Committee evaluated nominations submitted by the deans of Touro University Nevada and the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

“The Clark County Medical Society wants to recognize outstanding medical students that go above and beyond in our community. It’s important to honor those who are committed to exceling in their education,” said Dr. Alexander, CCMS’ past president and creator of the 2014 Winged Heart Award. “Ori and Elizabeth’s energy and dedication speak volumes. Their recognition is well deserved.”

CCMS is still accepting nominations for the 2014 Winged Heart Award through May 22. The Winged Heart Award recognizes outstanding nurses who are dedicated to raising the bar of health care in Southern Nevada and non-profit organizations whose mission is to improve health and wellness. Nominations are accepted at, or a form can be downloaded and sent to Nominees will be invited to attend the 60th Anniversary Presidential Installation Dinner & Awards Ceremony on June 14. More details can be found on


Established in 1955, the Clark County Medical Society is a professional organization of more than 1,100 physicians. The organization advocates for physicians and their patients in Southern Nevada, encouraging the delivery of quality health care within the community. For more information, visit or call 702-739-9989. Follow us on Twitter at

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