UMass Worcester- student is winner of Information Technology AwardPeter J. Townsend, a fourth-year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is the 2009 recipient of the Massachusetts Medical Society's Information Technology Award in the medical student category.
Presented annually by the state medical society to one medical student and one resident, fellow, or intern, the honor recognizes the development of an information technology tool that helps physicians practice medicine, teach medicine, or pursue clinical research. The honor, which carries a $2,500 award, will be presented at the Society's Annual Meeting on May 7 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston.
Mr. Townsend is magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor's degree in biology. As an undergraduate, he participated in research on animal biomechanics and physiology and was a member of the men's rowing team.
Since starting medical school, he has developed his interest in community service and international health. Over the past several years, he has joined medical missions to India, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, and last summer pursued an independent public health project in Zambia, where, during a three-month period, he designed, created, and implemented two technology-based programs to improve the quality of care. Closer to home, he helped start a program in Worcester that tutors African refugee children in an effort to alleviate gaps in their education.