2013 SOM Graduation - Awards and Honors

Many of our 2013 medical students were recognized for various awards at the 2013. Read on for details.

Doctor of Medicine with Distinction

Olivia Gage Gamboa
Charles Frederick Pagels III
Claire Lillian Teigland
Sarah Alyssa Goldstein
Lindsey Elexa Phillips
Christopher Michael Welch
Elizabeth R. Hoffman
Sarah Nicholls Pierrie
Karin Zaveri Whelan
Adam Julian Kole
William Edward Poe III
Brittany D. White
Andrew Martin Moon
William Anthony Rearick
Carolyn Melinda Ziemer
Rachel Elizabeth Northeim
Trevor Joseph Royce

Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholars

Obafunto Opeyemic Abimbola Rachel Elizabeth Hines Rachel Elizabeth Northeim
Rachel Danielle Adams Jessica Louise Hubbs Mehul C. Patel
Alexander Arkin Berger Tyler B. Jones Quang Huy Pham
Hala Talal Borno Anthony B. Law Trevor Joseph Royce
Julia Aogaichi Brant Richard Dane Meredith Kathleen Sarah Turek
Robin Alexandra Felker Dinushika Mohottige Jennifer Faye Williamson

June C. Allcott Fellowship

Quang Huy Pham

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Natalie Anne Ferrero Andrew Martin Moon Trevor Joseph Royce
Mark Benjamin Foster Rachel Elizabeth Northeim Martha Elizabeth Studstill
Olivia Gage Gamboa Charles Frederick Pagels III Nicholas A. True
Sarah Alyssa Goldstein Lindsey Elexa Phillips Kathleen Sarah Turek
Amit Gupta Sarah Nicholls Pierre Christopher Michael Welch
Rachel Elizabeth Hines William Edward Poe III Brittany D. White
Elizabeth Ruth Hoffmna William Anthony Rearick Carolyn Melinda Ziemer
Adam Julian Kole Laura Elizabeth Robinson

American Medical Women's Association Glasgow Rubin Commendations for Academic Achievement

Natalie Anne Ferrero Rachel Elizabeth Northeim Claire Lillian Teigland
Olivia Gage Gamboa Lindsey Elexa Phillips Kathleen Sarah Turek
Sarah Alyssa Goldstein Sarah Nicholls Pierrie Karina Zaveri Whelan
Rachel Elizabeth Hines Laura Elizabeth Robinson Brittany D. White
Elizabeth R. Hoffman Martha Elizabeth Studstill Carolyn Melinda Ziemer

Lucius Blanchard Carolina Family Loyalty Fund Scholars

Tristan Nicole Byrd Amit Gupta Stuart-Allison Moffat Staley
Jamie Alice Desmarais Scott Trye Owens

Board of Governors Medical Scholars

Alison Lee Edge William W. Kesler
Lena C. Horlsey Shane M. Tussey

James A. Bryan II Award

Amit Gupta

Rachel Elizabeth Hines

James Bell Bullitt Award

Kathleen Sarah Turek

Gilbert J. Cuthbertson, M.D. and Megan C. Danton, M.D. Memorial Award

Benjamin Abernathy Aiken

Frank Lee Dameron Award

Tiffany Michelle Cagle

Brittany Johnson McIntyre

William Hersey Davis Scholarship

Laura Elizabeth Robinson

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowships Awards

Bryce Elizabeth Winfield Haac

Jennifer Elizabeth Smith

Trevor Joseph Royce

Kenneth R. Edwards and A.L. Hobgood Distinguished Scholarship

Ramsey Michael Wehbe

Daniel Alan Willner

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award

Nicholas A. True

Family Medicine Student Award

Rachel Elizabeth Hines

Christopher C. Fordham III Award

Amit Gupta

William Blake Hannah

Gold Humanism Honor Society

Rachel Danielle Adams Rachel Elizabeth Hines Emily Miller Ray
Aileen Jenna Beckham Dinushika Mohottige Laura Elizabeth Robinson
Hala Talal Borno Andrew Martin Moon Trevor Joesph Royce
Tiffany Michelle Cagle Kimberly Niles Newton Jessica Susan Waters
Mary O. Campion Rachel Elizabeth Northeim Daniel James White
Amit Gupta William Edward Poe III Carolyn Melinda Ziemer

Howard Holderness Distinguished Medical Scholars

Lila Farrag Tyler B. Jones Matthew D. Skancke
Mark Benjamin Foster Candace Anderson Mitchell William Allen Stokes

Heusner Pupil Awards

Meredith Ashley Gilliam Nicole B. Moore Carolyn Melinda Ziemer
Dinushika Mohottige Emily Miller Ray

Paul F. Lachiewicz Award for Orthopaedics

Sarah Nicholls Pierrie

William deB. MacNider Award

Benjamin Abernathy Aiken Christopher Michael Welch
Emily Miller Ray Daniel James White

Isaac Hall Manning Award

Christopher Michael Welch

David A. Mayberry Award

Claire Lillian Teigland

Merck Manual Awards

Rachel Danielle Adams William Edward Poe III
Neeti Doshi Maria Theresa Thekkekandam

Brett J. Pearce and Lauren K. Brown Memorial Award

Nicholas A. True

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) Excellence Award

Maria Theresa Thekkekandam

Harold C. Pillsbury Student Research Awards

Vishal Harkisan Dhandha Patrick Knox McNeillie Stuart-Allison Moffaat Staley
William W. Kesler Kimberly Niles Newton Christopher Michael Welch
Adam Julian Kole Matthew D. Skancke

Salber-Phillips Award

Anne Hardy Dunbar

Bryce Elizabeth Winfield Haac

George F. Sheldon, M.D. Award

Nicole B. Moore

Cecil G. Sheps Award in Social Medicine

Dinushika Mohottige

Daniel James White

Social Medicine Paper Prize

Rachel Elizabeth Hines

Thrasher Award

Rebekah Potts Nash

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Student Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Dinushika Mohottige

Louis and Betsy West Medical Scholarship

Lisa Marie Webb

Daniel T. Young Peace and Social Justice Award

Hala Talal Borno

Daniel James White

Lawrence Zollicoffer Fellowship

Elise Jennifer Lager

Faculty and House Staff Awards

Henry C. Fordham Award

Loren Robinson, M.D. - UNC Hospitals Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program

Leanard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Erin Malloy, M.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Director of Child & Adolescent Inpatient Programs

Professor Award

Alice Chung, M.D., FACOG - Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology

 

Descriptions of Awards

Family Medicine Student Award - Each year, the Department of Family Medicine presents an award to a medical student in recognition of his or her accomplishments and dedication to the ideals of family medicine.  The recipient is chosen on the basis of his or her embodiment of the principles of family medicine, service, intention of practicing family medicine, and overall scholarship.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award - The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine makes available the Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award for a student who has been outstanding in the specialty.  The recipient is selected by the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Paul F. Lachiewicz Award for Orthopaedics - The Paul F. Lachiewicz Award for Orthopaedics recognizes clinical or research achievement and is awarded to a student who has matched into an orthopaedic residency program.

David A. Mayberry Award - The David A. Mayberry Award is given to the graduating senior who during any period of clinical training within the Department of Pediatrics has demonstrated exceptional human qualities and clinical scholarship in the care of children with cancer. A special faculty committee selects the recipient.

American Academy of Neurology's Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology - The American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology recognizes graduating medical students for excellence in clinical neurology.  The UNC recipient is selected by faculty in the Department of Neurology.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) Excellence Award - The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Physiatry) Excellence Award was created by Dr. Michael Y. Lee, Founding Chair,  in honor of his parents, Drs. Michael M. and Shrine G. Lee, to recognize and honor the senior medical student who demonstrates the exemplary qualities necessary to care for persons with physical disabilities. An exemplary physiatrist is caring, compassionate, and has a genuine interest in improving each patient’s quality of life and function. The recipient is selected by faculty and residents of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

George F. Sheldon, M.D. Award - The Department of Surgery established the George F. Sheldon, M.D. Award to honor a member of the graduating class who demonstrated excellence in surgery.  This award is named for George F. Sheldon, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1984-2001.

Cecil G. Sheps Award - The Cecil G. Sheps Award was established in 1987 in honor of Dr. Sheps, former Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Social Medicine.  The award recognizes a fourth-year medical student selected by the Department of Social Medicine who demonstrates academic excellence and practical commitment to the principles of Social Medicine.

Thrasher Award - The George C. Thrasher Jr. Award was established in 1965 by the Department of Psychiatry in honor of the memory of Dr. Thrasher, a faculty member in Psychiatry who played a major role in teaching medical students.  The award is given to that member of the graduating class who, during his or her medical school experience, showed the most outstanding performance and ability in Psychiatry.

AWARDS FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Doctor of Medicine with Distinction- To be eligible for Doctor of Medicine with Distinction, a student must earn a cumulative year-end grade of honors for all years of medical school in which the grade of honors is an option.

Glasgow-Rubin Commendation for Academic Achievement - The Glasgow-Rubin Academic Achievement Award and Citations are presented by the American Medical Women’s Association to recognize women graduates who have excelled academically throughout medical school.

Deborah C. Leary Award – Established in 1958, the award honors Deborah Cushing Leary, M.D., Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine from 1952 to 1957.  The Leary Award is presented to a fourth-year student whose research paper is judged by a faculty committee to be the best paper submitted.

Isaac Hall Manning Award - In 1954, an anonymous donor established a fund to provide an annual award in honor of Isaac Hall Manning, M.D., Class of 1895, who served the School of Medicine from 1905 to 1933 as a professor of Physiology and Dean.  Members of the graduating class are nominated by faculty for the Isaac Hall Manning Award on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership, initiative, and original investigative work.

LEADERSHIP AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Christopher C. Fordham III Award - The Christopher C. Fordham III Award was established in honor of Dr. Fordham for his outstanding and creative leadership in medical and higher education. He was a former dean of the medical school, vice chancellor for Health Affairs, and a chancellor of the University.  This award recognizes graduating students for outstanding and creative leadership at the medical school. Nominations for this award were solicited from the chairs of the departments based on their faculty’s recommendations, from members of the senior class, and from senior class advisors.

James Bell Bullitt Award - The James Bell Bullitt Award, given for the first time in 1962, honors Dr. Bullitt, formerly a professor of Pathology, who was a member of the faculty of the School of Medicine from 1913 to 1947.  Consistent with Dr. Bullitt’s contributions to the School of Medicine, this award provides an opportunity for recognizing unusual achievements or contributions to the medical school community by a member of the senior class.  Seniors nominate their classmates for this award.

Merck Manual Award - Each year, the Merck Publishing Group offers the Merck Manual Award to outstanding medical students.  The qualifications for the award are at the discretion of the School of Medicine.  At UNC, the award is given to graduating students based on contributions to the medical school community.  The staff members in the Office of Student Affairs and the Admissions Office select the recipients.

PUBLIC SERVICE

J. Rush Shull, M.D. Scholarship – The J. Rush Shull, M.D. Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and who will be entering a primary care residency program in North Carolina.

HUMANISM IN MEDICINE

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation makes it possible for an award to be presented to one graduating senior and one medical school faculty member who integrate humanism into the delivery of care to patients and their families.  The recipients consistently demonstrate compassion and empathy in the  delivery of care, show respect for all, demonstrate cultural sensitivity, display effective communication and listening skills, adhere to professional ethical standards, understand a patient's need for interpretation of complex medical diagnosis while showing respect for a patient's viewpoint, pay attention to patients' psychological well-being, engender trust and confidence, and remain personally committed to self-evaluation.  The student recipient has helped others and accepted help from others when necessary, engaged in volunteer activities showing concern for the welfare of the community, and sought and accepted criticism for improvement of performance.  Students are nominated by faculty members and classmates.

Daniel T. Young Peace and Social Justice Award - The Daniel T. Young Peace and Social Justice Award goes to the graduating student who, in the opinion of his or her classmates, has demonstrated—through extracurricular activities—the most steadfast dedication to the advancement of peace and social justice.  Students are nominated by their classmates.

Gilbert J. Cuthbertson, M.D. and Megan C. Danton, M.D. Memorial Award - The Class of 1983 established the Gilbert J. Cuthbertson, M.D. and Megan C. Danton, M.D. Memorial Award to honor two physicians, husband and wife, who died in a plane crash in 1988.  Graduating students nominate classmates who exhibit the personal qualities of these two doctors, including caring for others; an ability to make people smile; joy in living; and, in particular, a quiet compassion for all humankind.

FACULTY AND HOUSE STAFF AWARDS

Henry C. Fordham Award – With this award, the Class of 2013 recognizes a member of the house staff for the qualities of patients, humility, and devotion to medicine.

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award presented by The Arthur P. Gold Foundation - The Arnold P. Gold Foundation makes it possible for the Class of 2013 to select a faculty member who consistently demonstrates compassion, empathy, respect, cultural sensitivity, effective communication and listening skills, and professional ethical standards in the delivery of care.  The recipient understands a patient's need for interpretation of complex medical diagnosis while showing respect for a patient's viewpoint, pays attention to patients' psychological well-being, engenders trust and confidence, and remains personally committed to self-evaluation.  In addition, the faculty recipient serves as a role model and mentor, is approachable and accessible to students, and exhibits enthusiasm in interactions with students.

Professor Award - The recipient is a faculty member selected by the senior class who, by his or her willingness, understanding, and ability, has contributed most to the students’ medical education.