Image source, Naabil Khan

Image caption, Naabil Khan, a third-year student at the University of Exeter, received the Racial Justice in Medicine Award

A medical student in Devon has become the first British student to win an international racial justice award.

Naabil Khan, a third-year student at the University of Exeter, received the Racial Justice in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).

The award, for “exceptional individuals”, recognized Ms Khan for “supporting aspiring medical students and addressing inequality in teaching materials”.

Ms Khan said winning the award was a “huge honour”.

‘International issue’

The 21-year-old was presented with the award at a conference in Washington DC and said it was now at home with her parents, who were “very insistent” on displaying it.

Speaking to BBC Radio Devon, she said: “It actually surprised me because as a British medical student, never in your wildest imagination did you think you would ever receive an award like this.

“It’s an international issue that really deserves to be recognised, so it was honestly a huge honor to win the award.

“I couldn’t thank my friends and family enough for the support they gave me, so it wasn’t just my victory, it was our whole victory.”

Image source, Naabil Khan

Image caption, Ms Khan was recognized for her Very Junior Doctors podcast and her Skin For All website

Ms Khan was recognized for her work as co-host of the Very Junior Doctors podcast, which discusses life as a medical student and tackles issues such as imposter syndrome and accepting criticism.

She was also recognized for her creation of the Skin For All website, which shows different skin conditions on different skin tones.

“I felt quite passionate about the fact that representation equals saving lives, and that poor representation means missed diagnoses,” she said.

“It has truly been a passion project of mine and I am so happy with the response it has received so far.”

In addition to her AMSA award, Ms. Khan was recently announced as the winner of the Rising Star Award in Healthcare with WeAreTheCity for her work.

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