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Graduating School of Medicine students lauded for scholarship and service

By Megan Bard

UMass Medical School Communications

May 31, 2019
  • Nathaniel Erskine and Laura Santoso at the School of Medicine breakfast
  • The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society from the Class of 2019
  • The Gold Humanism Honor Society from the Class of 2019 assembles
  • Lan Qin presents Anthony Tran with his award.
  • Hyosim Seon-Spada, Kelly Cakert and Heather-Lyn Haley
  • Class speaker Kiran Mullur addresses the crowd.
  • U.S. Air Force Lt. Maxwell Kruse is pinned by Brigadier Gen. Sean Collins and his father.
  • Katherine Mallett accepts the Chancellor’s Award from Chancellor Michael Collins.

The UMass Medical School Alumni Association welcomed 126 new members on Friday, May 31, at the annual alumni breakfast, as the School of Medicine Class of 2019 and faculty members were recognized for outstanding achievement.

“I am amazed and humbled by your tremendous accomplishments. Your individual and collective academic achievements; your service to your patients and your community; your compassion, kindness and humility are inspiring,” said Sonia Chimienti, MD, associate professor of medicine, associate dean for student affairs and vice provost for student life and enrollment.

Kent B. Lewandrowski, MD, SOM ’86, president of the UMass Medical School Alumni Association, encouraged graduates to commit to lifelong learning and to give back to their communities and university in a meaningful and lasting way. 

Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine, said that while he may not remember his own graduation from medical school, he will never forget his first night as a resident, helping to deliver and care for triplets, born at 28 weeks, in the NICU of Johns Hopkins.

“I remember every detail of that night. I think this mostly because of the relationship we developed with the care team there and getting to know the little girls and their mother,” Dean Flotte said. “You will all experience a wonderful event like that soon.”

Before awarding the Chancellor’s Award to Katherine Mallett, Chancellor Michael F. Collins congratulated all of the award recipients and acknowledged the “incredibly gifted faculty” who have encouraged and helped to guide the class through medical school and toward their careers.

“It has been an enormous privilege to watch your careers develop, to get to know you and be witness to your many accomplishments,” Chancellor Collins said. “We look forward to following your careers into the future.”

During a special ceremony held at the breakfast’s conclusion, U.S. Air Force Lt. Maxwell Kruse, a member of the Class of 2019 who matched in emergency medicine at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base, was promoted to the rank of captain after an oath ceremony conducted by U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Brigadier Gen. Sean Collins, PhD, assistant professor of nursing in the Graduate School of Nursing and a GSN alum.

The following awards and recognitions were presented to students and faculty:

Chancellor’s Award
Katherine Mallett

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Meme Tran

Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars Awards
Finalists: Annika Bannon, Kelly Cakert, Bruna Olson and Gregory Zandrow

Scholars: Laurel Banach, Brittany Berk, Stephanie Clegg and Kristen Hartwick

American Medical Women’s Association Award, Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement

Glasgow Certificate of Commendation:
Nathalie Nader

AMWA Citations: 
Corinne Ainsworth Gibbons, Brittany Berk, Gillian Chase, Amanda Doodlesack, Shernaz Dossabhoy, Katherine Liang, Katherine Mallett, Elizabeth Meyer, Mary Pinkston, Blair Robinson, Kaleigh Timmins and Danielle Trakimas.

Ann Nemitz Memorial Award
Annika Bannon and Tiffany Chen

United States Public Health Service 2018 Excellence in Public Health Awards
Kelly Cakert

Jacob Brem Pediatric Award
Courtney Tolliday

New England Pediatric Society Award
Joanna Glanz

Marianne Felice Adolescent Health Award
Nathalie Nader

Excellence in Obstetrics & Gynecology Award
Devon Abt

Department of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Distinguished Neuroscience Research
Shivkumar Bhadola

American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology
Anthony Tran

UMass Surgical Society Award for Excellence in the Student Clinical Performance
Tejan Shah

UMass Surgical Society Award for Excellence in Surgical Education
Kerri McKie

Association of Academic Surgery Student Research Award
Andrew Gillooly

Department of Medicine Award for Outstanding Performance in Medicine
Geargin Wilson

Department of Medicine Award for Outstanding Clinical Performance in Medicine
Thomas Quinn

SAEM Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award
Ryan Burns

Aaron Lazare Award for Psychiatry
Maxine Dudek

John S. Efstathiou Memorial Award
Patric Gibbons and MaryKate Driscoll

Catherine Zurier Memorial Award
Nathaniel Erskine and Laura Santoso

Sarah Stone Memorial Award
Blair Robinson

Gary Winzelberg, MD, ’74 Memorial Award 
John Barber

Kristen M Ettensohn Memorial Award for Medical Excellence through Advocacy, Art and Athletics
Corinne Ainsworth Gibbons

Massachusetts Department of Education 29 Who Shine
Meme Tran

UMMS Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership in the Learning Environment
Nate Erskine and Sana Majid

Outstanding Accomplishment in the Longitudinal Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Course
Tiffany Chen and Maegan Pollard

Senior Scholars Award for Achievement in Research 
Brittany Berk, Thomas Quinn, Laura Santoso and Robert Slamin

Outstanding Clinical Educator Award
Tim Gibson, Sue Gagliardi and Michael Fahey

Faculty Work Life Balance Award
Frank Domino

Faculty Humanism Award
Peter Metz, Michael Hirsh and Hugh Silk

Outstanding House Officer Educator Award
Scott Greenberg and Fusun Dikengil

House Officer Work Life Balance Award
Edward Bender, Fusun Dikengil, Ari Filiberti, Max Hazeltine, Michael Hill, Erik Holzwanger, Bryan Poole, Nicele Puente, Prashanth Rau and Sara-Grace Reynolds

House Officer Humanism Award
Abraham Jaffe and Emily Levoy

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Laurel Banach, Brittany Berk, Gillian Chase, Amanda Doodlesack, Shernaz Dossabhoy, MaryKate Driscoll, Corinne Ainsworth Gibbons, Patric Gibbons, Lauren Hall, Kristen Hartwick, Katherine Liang, Sana Majid, Katherine Mallett, Elizabeth Meyer, Nathalie Nader, Sarah Ohnigian, Mary Pinkston, Thomas Quinn, Blair Robinson, Laura Santoso, Kaleigh Timmins and Danielle Trakimas

Gold Humanism Honor Society 
Laurel Banach, Annika Bannon, John Barber, Shivkumar Bhadola, Tiffany Chen, Stephanie Clegg, Corinne Ainsworth Gibbons, Abhinav Gupta, Rebecca Gwaltney, Nguendab Gwanyalla, Kirsten Hartwick, Maxwell Kruse, Lucy Li, Maureen Ogamba, Bruna Olson, Maegan Pollard, Blair Robinson, Gabrielle Steinberg, John Sullivan, Kaleigh Timmins, Meme Tran and Rebecca Ukaegbu

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