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SMU's Dr. Tomás A. Magaña Gains National Recognition for FACES Youth Program

Dr. Tomás A. Magaña, Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Master Physician Assistant Program at Samuel Merritt University, was recently featured on NBC's Nightly News for his work in improving the lives of at-risk youth through education and career training.  Dr. Magaña is the co-founder and director of FACES for the Future, a program that provides healthcare internships, academic support and wellness training to underserved high school youth in our local community.

Click here to see the NBC Nightly News videos (scroll down to see a second video interview with Dr. Magaña) and to read the article on the NBC website.

Begun at Children’s Hospital of Oakland by Dr. Magaña in 2000 and now a project of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, FACES for the Future has served several hundred youth, many of whom have gone on to college educations and careers in health-related fields.

In 2012, Samuel Merritt University hosted the FACES Summer Medical Academy, and provided two weeks of hands-on training and experiential learning to Bay Area high school youth interested in a career in healthcare. In the fall, SMU Physican Assistant (PA) students hosted a talent show and silent auction that generated more than $3,000 for FACES for the Future.

Dr. Magaña also recently received Diablo Magazine's 2012 Threads of Hope award. Read more here.

We are excited and proud to have Dr. Magaña on the SMU faculty, and look forward to hearing about further collaborations with Dr. Magaña and FACES for the Future in 2013.