Misty C. Richards, MD, MS
Medical School: Albany Medical College
- Fulbright Scholar in Medicine
- Co-Founder, Engeye Health Clinic in Uganda
- AMA Excellence in Medicine Award 2011
- AMWA Anne C. Carter Leadership Award 2009
Service with AMWA: National Student President, 2009-2010
Quote: AMWA empowered me to strive for the best in my personal and professional life, while also fostering a level of camaraderie I have never felt before. Through this organization, I have established incredible mentors, colleagues, and friends who have truly enhanced my experience as a woman in medicine. I am grateful.
Misty Richards M.D., M.S. is a PGY-1 in psychiatry at UCLA who is interested in integrating child and adolescent psychiatry and global medicine. She graduated from the MD/MS program at Albany Medical College, receiving her Master of Science degree in neuroscience in May 2010. She is a Fulbright Scholar and completed her graduate fellowship as part of her master’s degree in Tokyo, Japan during the 2008-2009 academic year. That same year, Dr. Richards felt honored to receive the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Anne C. Carter Leadership Award for her contributions to the student division of AMWA as National Student President. It was in this setting where she rebuilt an active student division consisting of thousands of medical students, empowering them to advocate for equality in medicine. Through this experience, she learned about leadership and dedication to a cause, earning the AMA Excellence in Medicine Award in 2011.
Additionally, in her second year of medical school, Dr. Richards co-founded a medical clinic in rural Uganda called the Engeye Health Clinic. The clinic is the only source of health care for miles and has treated over 35,000 patients to date.
She has published over 35 research articles and is the recipient of numerous awards — election to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, the Leah Dickstein Award, the Roy L. Leak Alumni Memorial Scholarship, the Lindsey Baron Foundation Award, the James Bell MD Award, and the Brophey Scholarship.
Dr. Richards is honored to be featured in the Faces of AMWA exhibit and hopes to stay involved with AMWA for years to come.