Multiple awards were presented to graduating seniors and a few faculty members at the Class of 2021 convocation for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, held May 12 at the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center.
Normally, the college’s Honors and Awards Committee would have recognized the winners at the Senior Awards Luncheon prior to convocation. Restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, however precluded such a luncheon for the Class of 2021.
Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees were presented to 119 students, and three graduates were recognized for participating in dual-degree programs through the college. In addition to their new credentials as physicians, Adam Bernstein, MD, PhD, also received a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the College of Engineering and Bryan , MD, PhD, earned a doctorate in psychology from the College of Science through the MD/PhD program. Adam , MD, MBA, received a master’s in business administration from the Eller College of Management through the MD/MBA program.
China Rae Newman, MD, was voted on by her peers to give the Student Address this year. She was also spotlighted for several awards, including the:
- Bernard Memorial Scholarship Award – established to recognize a classmate who has shown academic excellence, a humane approach to patients, and a supportive concern for fellow students;
- Eleanor Johnson Academic Excellence Award – awarded to an outstanding senior who not only excelled in academics but compassion, collegiality and service – presented by the Arizona Health Sciences Library director;
- Peter J. , PhD, Humanitarian Award – a memorial award presented to a senior graduating medical student who has demonstrated exceptional caring and compassion for fellow students and others – and one who most exemplifies connections rather than competition;
- Dr. Sam Goldfein Memorial Award – given to a student who exhibits characteristics of being caring, nonjudgmental and an outstanding diagnostician, and who displayed these through service to the Commitment to Underserved People (CUP) Program and the Family Clinic;
- Nancy Alexander Award to Recognize Humanism in Medicine – goes to Gold Humanism Honor Society members who reflect caring, compassionate and skilled health care; and
- Nelson Dewey Brayton, MD, Memorial Scholarship Award for an Outstanding Senior entering Family Practice.
Dr. Newman also was recognized for distinction in the Rural Health Professions Program, induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and being a member of the inaugural cohort for the Primary Care Physician (PCP) Scholarship Program.
Other honorees recognized were:
Christian Bergman, MD; Nicholas , MD; and Darren Kempton, MD: College of Medicine Outstanding Senior Awards for the top three senior medical students based on academic excellence
Nicholas , MD, Joseph , MD, and Anthony , MD: The Newsome and Mildred Estate to Benefit Outstanding Medical Student Research Award
Kacey Gilbert-Gard, MD, Kevin , MD, and Riley McDougall, MD: Merck Manual Award for scholastic achievement
Gill, MD, Brooks Johnson, MD, Willie Johnson, MD, Adrienne , MD, Abby Moskowitz, MD, and Dilara , MD: Outstanding Achievement Awards for excellence in academic achievement
Also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society:
Symone Hyman, MD; Riley McDougall, MD; Willie Johnson, MD; Molly Brady, MD; Karen Ibarra, MD; Adrienne , MD; Caitlyn , MD; , MD; Abby Moskowitz, MD; , MD; Sandra Vazquez Salas, MD; Gill, MD; Kevin , MD; Daniel Carlson, MD; Josh Gormley, MD; and Daniella , MD.
Phillip Belone, MD, Aaron Bia, MD, Thomasina Blackwater, MD, and Manuel Villegas, MD: Foundation and Native American Health Education Fund Award
Natalie , MD, and Carlos Gonzalez, MD, professor of family medicine, assistant dean for curricular affairs and director of the Rural Health Professions Program and the CUP Program: The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards for a student and faculty member who demonstrate the ideal of compassion in delivery of care
Karen Ibarra, MD: Dean’s Special Achievement Award for achievement academically in the face of considerable adversity
Other Gold Humanism Honor Society inductees and recipients of the Nancy Alexander Award to Recognize Humanism in Medicine: Banerjee, MD; Christian Bergman, MD; Natalie , MD; Taylor Drake, MD; Jonathan , MD; , MD; Joshua , MD; Ashwini , MD; , MD; Christopher , MD; Riley McDougall, MD; Dilara , MD; Phillip , MD; and Asim , MD.
, MD: Dr. Sam Goldfein Memorial Award for dedication to the CUP Program and Family Clinic
Adrienne , MD: Nehal A. Shah Endowment for Global Health Education Award
Nicole , MD, MPH: Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service
Mary , MD: Excellence in Clinical Skills Award for highest cumulative score on this year’s OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
Adrienne , MD: Douglas Lindsey, MD, PhD, Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
Kevin , MD: Outstanding Student in Diagnostic Radiology Award
Kenia Lucey, MD: American Academy of Neurology Excellence in Neurology Award
Karen Ibarra, MD: Henry William “Bill” Outstanding Student in Neurology Award
Haseeb, MD: Alvin T. , MD, Award for Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Tatiana Jerome, MD: Philip E. Dew, MD, Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
, MD: Dr. Alan and Sally Scholarship in Pediatrics Award and Hugh C. Thompson, MD, Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
Lavine, MD: Roy N. Killingsworth, MD, Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychiatry
Simone Hyman, MD: Outstanding Senior Student in Surgery Award
Other honors presented:
- Faculty members Todd , PhD, chair, Department of Pharmacology, for Outstanding Teacher in the Basic Sciences; and Bill Rappaport, MD, professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, for Outstanding Teacher in the Clinical Sciences.
- Another 10 students for distinction in the Rural Health Professions Program: Adrienne , MD; Erika Krall, MD; Eugenia Lin, MD; , MD; Kevin , MD; Lynn Pham, MD; Rinku , MD; Kyle , MD; Sandra Vazquez Sala, MD; and Weise, MD.
- Ten other students who participated in the PCP Scholarship Program, which offers free tuition to those who agree to return to Arizona after residency training to practice primary care medicine in rural and urban underserved areas and populations: Guadalupe Davila, MD, Marie Bernadette Villanueva, MD, Hannah Shy, MD, Natalie Davis, MD, Tatiana Jerome, MD, Natalie , MD, Andrew Alix, MD, Alicia Leslie, MD; and Jasper , MD.
- Another 10 students who participated in the college’s Pre-Medical Admissions Pathway Program, a 13-month intensive medical school preparation program designed for those who experienced greater than average challenges in preparing to be competitive medical school applicants: Thomasina Blackwater, MD, Guadalupe Davila, MD, Aaron Bia, MD, Natalie Davis, MD, April Olson, MD, Marie Bernadette Villanueva, MD, Karen Ibarra, MD, John Constanza, MD, Kenia Lucey, MD, and Willie Johnson, MD.