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Chapter Events and Ceremonies {Spring 2015}

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Georgetown University School of Medicine

Read more about the induction ceremony on the SOM blog

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Howard University College of Medicine

The induction was held on May 6, 2015. 21 new students were inducted into AΩA. The second group photo also includes the other local AΩA members of the chapter.

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Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

The annual AΩA Induction Ceremony for the Epsilon Florida Chapter at Florida Internal University in Miami, FL was held on January 9, 2015. The following students and faculty were inducted into the FL Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society:
Student Inductees—{Class of 2015} Fernando Aran, Jacqueline Atlass, Casey Carr, Stephen Ferraresi, Luv Hajirawala, Allison Holder, Maria-carolina Orbay, Ana Pena Calero, Monica Polcz, Dale Segal; {Class of 2016} Beatriz Collada, Alexander Daoud, Mark Haimes, Rafael Paez, Christine Roy-McMahon, Kevin Shah
Faculty Inductees—David Graham, MD; Joe Leigh Simpson, MD

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Florida State UniversitySchool of Medicine

The new AΩA inductees.

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University of Central Florida College of Medicine

The newly elected members.

New inductee Christian Restrepo and his family.

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University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

The newly elected students at commencement wearing their AΩA honor cords.

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University of Hawaii School of Medicine

The Alpha Hawaii Chapter at the University of Hawaii has not yet had their banquet. They did, however, sponsor the Healthy Keiki Camp for kids. Watch the video below.

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Rush Medical College

During Rush Commencement Week, twenty-three medical students of the Class of 2015 were honored as the newest members of Alpha Omega Alpha. The awards dinner was held May 19th at Wildfire Restaurant in downtown Chicago. Dr. Laurie Proia, AOA Councilor at Rush Medical College, and Dr. Thomas Deutsch, Dean of Rush Medical College and AOA member, presented the students with their AOA pins and honor cords. Many family members and AOA faculty were in attendance. In his welcoming remarks to the group, Dr. Deutsch noted that both he and his father are proud AOA members.

New inductees Richard Jacobson and Emily Yura with Dr. Deutsch

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Southern Illinois University

The annual induction banquet was held on May 15th at the Panther Creek Country Club. This photo includes our fall student members, spring student members, new resident members, new faculty, new alumni, Dr Varney and speaker, Dr LaCombe.

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University of Kansas School of Medicine

The newly inducted AΩA members recite the Declaration of Geneva

From left to right, AΩA Visiting professor, Willian Neaves with Councilor Steven Simpson, MD. Student AΩA President Scott Mitchell, AΩA Councilor Steven Simpson, MD, and Past President Marc Roth

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American University of Beirut

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Tufts University School of Medicine

AΩA graduating senior medical student members, along with Tufts AΩA Faculty Councilor Dr. Amy Lee, and AΩA faculty nominee Dr. Laura Snydman at the 2015 Tufts AΩA Banquet

The Tufts University School of Medicine's annual AΩA Banquet was held on March 18, 2015. Preceding the banquet, Dr. Richard Gunderman, AΩA Board Member and clinician educator at Indiana University, spent the day at Tufts as AΩA Visiting Professor. He gave Radiology grand rounds at Tufts Medical Center, and gave the annual AΩA Lecture open to the entire university. He was our honored guest at the AΩA banquet, along with our AΩA faculty nominee, Dr. Laura Snydman, and our 32 graduating medical student members. Dean Harris Berman and Dean Henry Klapholz warmly welcomed those attending the banquet. We also celebrated the fifth year of the Tufts AΩA Community Service Project, partnering with the Melanoma Foundation of New England since 2010 for the "Skinny on Skin" project. Our AΩA student members have helped to train hundreds of hair stylists and other beauty professionals to identify possible skin cancers on the head, neck and scalp of their clients. This year we were also involved in the “Your Skin is In” program, an educational program for teens and young adults about sun safety and skin cancer prevention. Tufts AΩA members in both Maine and Massachusetts were able to participate at several local high schools and colleges. This community service project has received generous support from the AΩA National Office.

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University of Mississippi School of Medicine

The 2015 University of Mississippi initiates at the Fairview Inn, the location of the induction banquet

From left to right is Julie Dhossche (chapter vice-president), Dr. Eugene Toy (AΩA visiting professor), Dr. Omar Abdul-Rahman (Faculty Councilor), and Lauren Tardo (chapter president)

The induction ceremony and banquet also received a mention in "Accolades," the University's news.

AΩA member Lucas Wilson and wife, at commencement, rocking an AΩA honor cord.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City

The newly elected members

Eric Holmboe, MD—the AΩA visiting professor addressing the medical school

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Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

The new AΩA inductees.

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New Jersey

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Admiral Moritsugu (center), with AΩA Chapter Vice President, Ann M. John,
and AΩA Chapter Councilor Robert A. Schwartz, MD.

On April 28, 2015, rear Admiral and former United States Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, visited Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to serve as Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) Distinguished Visiting Professor. Admiral Moritsugu, a third generation American from Hawaii with an MD from George Washington University, received his Master of Public Health degree from University of California Berkeley School of Public Health in the legendary program headed by the Father of Health Planning, Henrik Blum. Admiral Moritsugu has dedicated himself to providing the American public with the most current and accurate health information in order to promote and protect their health education and care. Board-certified in preventive medicine, he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. As Distinguished Visiting Professor, Admiral Moritsugu shared his experiences as Surgeon General in two one-hour lectures at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, an inspiring talk at the evening induction dinner, and numerous conversations with faculty members and students.

(left to right) The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean Robert L. Johnson welcomes former
United States Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School:
James M. Oleske, Hugh E. Evans, Robert A. Schwartz, Gerson Weiss, Robert L. Johnson, Laura T. Goldsmith,
and Admiral Kenneth P. Moritsugu

Admiral Moritsugu arrived at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School as featured guest at a luncheon hosted by The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean Robert L. Johnson, joined by faculty, house officers and student members of the AΩA New Jersey Beta chapter. There, he shared his life experiences as a leading advocate of health care with AΩA Chapter President Monika Dębkowska, who matched in orthopedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University and Acting Vice President Ann M. John, one of the junior medical student inductees. Subsequently, Admiral Moritsugu delivered the 13th Tamotsu Imaeda MD, PhD Memorial Visiting Professor Lecture, an eye-opening and pivotal discussion on the importance of road safety, before offering his opinion on various issues raised by the audience, including protection of pedestrians and the future impact of technological advances in self-driven vehicles. During his second lecture, Admiral Moritsugu shared personal anecdotes about his experience as Surgeon General. In particular, Admiral Moritsugu graciously described the unfortunate passing of his wife and daughter in two separate automobile accidents to highlight the importance of organ donation. Through selfless acts of donating organs after their death, his wife and daughter offered other individuals on organ transplant waiting lists opportunities for an improved and often salvaged quality of life. Leading the event was Professor Robert A. Schwartz MD, MPH, AΩA New Jersey Beta Chapter Councilor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. The day had begun with Admiral Moritsugu inspiring faculty and students at the Rutgers Council on Public and International Affairs, a student-run organization based at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and headed by Edmund J. Janniger. Admiral Moritsugu was introduced by Rutgers SPAA Professor and Rutgers University School of Public Health Urban Health Administration Department Chairman, Jeffrey R. Backstrand.

The Spring Induction Dinner was held at a quaint Portuguese restaurant in Newark’s historic Ironbound Section, with over 100 attendees, including inductees with families and friends and AΩA faculty members. The chapter inducted 12 junior and 15 new senior medical students, plus faculty inductees, Laura T. Goldsmith and Frank T. Padberg, as well as resident physician inductees, Jordan Fishman and Marc Zachary Handler. AΩA Chapter President Monika Dębkowska and acting Vice President Ann M. John administered the AΩA oath. Dean George F. Heinrich MD, Admiral Kenneth P. Moritsugu, AΩA Secretary-Treasurer W. Clark Lambert MD, PhD, and Dr. Robert A. Schwartz congratulated the new AΩA inductees. Admiral Kenneth A. Moritsugu presented the inspiring keynote address, introduced by Associate Dean George F. Heinrich and Chapter Councilor Robert A. Schwartz. Admiral Moritsugu discussed the advice he himself was given as he pursued medicine and service to the public. He urged medical students to incorporate public health principles and empower their patients during their careers. It was a truly memorable day for faculty, residents, and students, filled with sage guidance and hearty congratulations, highlighted by AΩA Distinguished Visiting Professor and former United States Surgeon General Admiral Kenneth P. Moritsugu MD, MPH.

Induction ceremony (left to right): George F. Heinrich, Divya Sharma, Admiral Moritsugu,
W. Clark Lambert, Ann M. John, Monika Dębkowska, Robert A. Schwartz, and Frank T. Padberg

Report prepared by: Ann M. John, Monika Dębkowska, and Robert A. Schwartz, MD

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New York

New York University School of Medicine

The new AΩA inductees

The annual 2015 induction dinner for the NYU School of Medicine was held on March 10, 2015 at The Water Club in New York City. Twenty-eight students were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as three faculty members and one faculty member was presented with the AΩA NYU Delta Chapter Clinical Faculty Award.

Clockwise from left: Dr. Steven Goldstein, AΩA inductee; Dr. Linda Tewksbury, AΩA Councilor for Delta Chapter; Dr. Michael Brabeck, Clinical Faculty Award Recipient; Dr. Jane Ko, AΩA inductee; Dr. Lynn Buckvar-Keltz, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and AΩA Secretary-Treasurer; Dr. Sondra Zabar, AΩA inductee; Dr. Robert I. Grossman, Dean and CEO

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SUNY Upstate Medical University

The Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony was held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at The Genesee Grande Hotel. The Chapter inducted 26 student members, as well as a total of six fellows, residents, and faculty members. Two Voluntary Faculty Awards were presented to Dr. Ryan D'Amico and Dr. Thomas Helm, who were both very instrumental in providing their guidance with the Helping Hands for Forgotten Feet clinic, which our students began for the underprivileged members of the Syracuse community. AOA is the national medical honor society and members live by its motto, "Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering." Patty Gooden was also honored to receive the AOA Administrative Recognition Award.

The students chose Dr. Amit Dhamoon to be the guest speaker for the evening. He also received one of four AOA Gamma Chapter Teaching Awards that were presented.

Dr. Lynn Cleary, AOA Councilor for the Gamma Chapter, introduced and inducted the new students. Dr. Gregory Eastwood, President of Upstate Medical University, and Dr. David Duggan, Dean of the College of Medicine, presented the inductees with their honor cord and a gift from the Chapter.

The class of 2015 includes: David Bae, Matthew Basciotta, Madalene Boyle, Erica Brenner, Patrick Chambers, Matthew Chiarello, Jeremy DiBari, Sarah Evans, Thomas Franzon, Ashley Grimshaw, Jamal Hajjari, Michael Hessenauer, Colm Kelleher, Robert Kribs, Kamran Munawar, James Prezzano, Brian Ruhle, Matthew Siegenthaler, Michael Siegenthaler, Brian Smerkers, Rachelle St. Onge, Zachary Telgheder, Ryan VanNostrand, Corey Vasisko, Alyson Weiner, and Justin Zelenka.

Congratulations to all of the new inductees, and good luck as you begin your residency program!

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North Carolina

East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

From top left, clockwise: New AΩA members at the 2015 induction banquet held at the Greenville Hilton; Dioval Remonde being awarded his check as a recipient of the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship; New junior AΩA members, from left to right, James Washburn, Kendall Liner, Holly Dieu, and Sam Hankins

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University of North Carolina School of Medicine

The new AΩA inductees.



University of Cincinnati School of Medicine

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Drexel University College of Medicine

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Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

The Penn State Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha inducted seventeen new members on April 21st, 2015. To begin the evening Maestro Stuart Malina, Music Director of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, gave an address titled “A view from the Podium.” He spoke about what it took to get him where he is today and related that to all professions. Following that Robert Atnip, MD, Councilor of the Eta Chapter, and Ian Schreibman, MD, Treasurer/Secretary of the Eta Chapter, introduced and inducted the new students, residents and faculty with help from current members. AΩA is the national medical honor society and members live by its motto “Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering.” The class of 2015 includes: Leann Denlinger, Ellen Duveneck, Cameron Gettel, Alexander Kish, Michele Schleich, Lauren Schmidt, Nicole Stevens, Bakhtiar Syed, Alexis Tashima, Kaitlyn Tyrie, Andrea Benton, MD, Lori Gettle, MD, Barry Gibeny, DO, James Herman, MD, Shane Johnson, MD, and Erika Saunders, MD. Please join us in congratulating them!

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Temple University School of Medicine

Temple University School of Medicine student AΩA inductees at the annual banquet on February 24, held at the College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA

Bennett Lorber, MD, MACP, makes his remarks to initiates at the 2015 Epsilon chapter banquet

Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD (visiting professor), Brian J. Weston (Epsilon chapter 2015 Class President) and Amy J. Goldberg, MD (Epsilon chapter Councilor) at the 2015 AΩA banquet

Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD (visiting professor), Seneca Harberger (2014 Pisacano Scholar) and Amy J. Goldberg, MD (Epsilon chapter Councilor) at the 2015 AΩA banquet
© Mark Stehle Photography

Newly elected AΩA member, Seneca Harberger, a medical student at Temple University School of Medicine, has been named a 2014 Pisacano Scholar by the Board of Directors of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc., of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Harberger is one of seven medical students across the nation to be selected for the honor, which goes to fourth-year students identified as future leaders in the field of Family Medicine. In addition to demonstrating commitment to Family Medicine, recipients exhibit integrity, strong leadership and communications skills, superior academic achievement, and noteworthy track records of community service. The honor includes leadership training and a scholarship of up to $28,000...
Read the entire article.

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Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico

The induction ceremony was held on April 28, 2015. Eighteen students, three residents, two alumni, and 2 faculty were inducted.

AΩA Councilor Dr. Humberto Guiot Martinez on the right, and newly elected AΩA member

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Rhode Island

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

The new AΩA inductees

The ceremony's program

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South Carolina

Medical University of South Carolina

In upper left photo, Mohammad Dahrouj, AΩA Member and Rebecca Knackstedt, AΩA Member with Dr. Chris Pelic, Chapter Councilor. Both Mohammad and Rebecca and MD/MDPHD graduates. Mohammad will be pursuing a career in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical Center—Mass Eye and Ear. Rebecca will be pursuing a career in Plastic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
In the upper right photo, Shivani Patel with family and Dr. Chris Pelic, Councilor. Shivani was our chapter President and will be pursuing a career in Dermatology at John Hopkins. Shivani is also our Top Honor Graduate here at the Medical University of South Carolina.
The lower left photo is of the newly elected Chapter Officers: Caroline West, Amit Om and Brandon Bentzley with Dr. Chris Pelic, Councilor.
The lower right photo is of Kathryn Anderson (pursuing a career in Internal Medicine at UPENN) and Taylor McAneneny (pursuing a career in Pathology at UPENN). Both are newly elected AΩA Members.

Gabe Virella, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Microbiology and Immunology and previous AΩA Councilor with Chris Pelic, MD, AΩA Alpha South Carolina Chapter Councilor.

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University of South Carolina School of Medicine

The "class picture" of the new inductees and AΩA Visiting Professor, Don Powell, MD. Taken at the Spring banquet. Top of Page

South Dakota

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

David Brennen (2014-2015 Chapter President) presenting the AΩA
Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award to David Fromm, MD

Front Row (L to R): Michael Reopelle (MS4 Inductee), Matthew McDougall, MD (Resident Inductee), Molly Soholt (MS3 Inductee), Samantha Hersrud (MS3 Inductee), Abigail Lichter (MS4 Inductee), Miranda Tracy (MS4 Inductee), Emily Gaster (MS3 Inductee) Middle Row: James Dreessen (MS4 Inductee), William Sheaffer (2014 Inductee), Brian Juber (2014 Inductee), George Ceremuga (MS3 Inductee), Christopher Dietrich, MD (alumnus inductee), Nicholas Gau (MS4 Inductee) Back Row: Bradley Iverson (MS3 Inductee, 2015-2016 President), Daniel Terveen (MS4 Inductee) Victor Hirsch, MD (alumnus inductee), Mark Huntington, MD/PhD (Faculty Inductee), David Brennen (2014 Inductee, 2014-2015 President)

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James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University

The new AΩA inductees

The induction ceremony for the James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University was held on April 13, 2015 at the Carnegie Hotel. The Chapter inducted five junior student members, six senior student members, three residents/fellows, and two faculty members. Longtime AΩA administrator Sue Russell was honored with the AΩA Administrative Recognition Award.
The Chapter was the recipient of a 2015 Summit Award given by ETSU for the Most Improved Student Organization.

From top left, clockwise: The ETSU Summit Award; Sue Russell and the new inductees;
The junior student inductees; Signing to pledge to give back.

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Texas A&M University

The annual 2015 Induction Ceremony for the Texas A&M-ETA Chapter of AΩA was held on April 20, 1015 at the Mayborn Auditorium at Scott and White in Temple, TX. Dr. Darrell G. Kirch M.D., President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), was this year’s visiting professor and gave the keynote address entitled “A Doctor’s Journey-A Privilege and an Obligation”.

Congratulations to all of our new inductees!

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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The new AΩA inductees.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

A group shot of the new nominees at the annual banquet.

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University of Virginia School of Medicine

The new University of Virginia Inductees
View the Google+ photo album of the event, here

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University of Washington School of Medicine

The new AΩA inductees

AOA Visiting Professorship: Dr. Ruth-Marie “Rhee” Fincher | May 21 – 22, 2015

Dr. Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD, MACP, Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Emerita at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Georgia Regent’s University, was the UW Chapter’s choice for the Visiting Professorship program this year.

Before the annual banquet, Dr. Fincher went out for seafood dinner in downtown Seattle (see photo below). There, she had a thoughtful conversation with MS3 and MS4 AOA students about the WWAMI program, life on clinical rotations, how they chose their specialties. For breakfast, Dr. Fincher was joined by another group of AOA students. The students and Dr. Fincher engaged in a rich conversation that included current topics in medicine, medical school, academia, as well as political conversations as they relate to medical school education in Washington State. The small group meals allowed Dr. Fincher to get to know our AOA chapter students on a more personal level and allowed the students a chance to meet a retired doctor/professor who had much wisdom to dispel about her journey through medicine and academics.

Dr. Fincher also engaged in an interactive session with first and second year medical students to discuss transitioning to third year, preparing for clerkships, study skills as they relate to STEP 1, developing a professional identity, research at UWSOM, and choosing a specialty.

Dr. Fincher gave the keynote address at the UW Chapter’s Annual AOA Banquet. In her address, she told three memorable stories of events that had happened along her journey as a physician to illustrate that we can’t always know in the moment what things will happen in our lives that actually turn out to be teaching moments or turning points along our professional journeys. It’s only when looking back and reflecting on them that we realize these stories are integral to our learning, growth, and professional development.

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West Virginia

West Virginia University School of Medicine

The new AΩA inductees

Click here to read about the induction ceremony.

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University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Last year a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health alum Dr. David deHarter and his wife Diane deHarter, very generously provided a gift to Alpha Omega Alpha to establish an annual visiting professorship at our school. Our inaugural visiting professor was Dr. Leon Rosenberg, retired professor from Princeton University.

Dr. Leon Rosenberg, MD

Dr. Rosenberg gave Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, entitled “Of Genes & Genomes: Personal Odyssey, Clinical Evolution." This was followed by student presentations of their research in progress:

  • Jacob Goldberg, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research scholar program presented : “Description and characterization of an endogenous antibody associated with better outcome after tumor-reactive monoclonal antibody therapy.”
  • Trista Stankowski-Drengler, who is a new AΩA inductee and a Shapiro-ICTR (Institute for Clinical and Translational Research) Student Research Fellow presented: “All-Cause Mortality is Decreased in Women Undergoing Annual Mammography Screening Before Breast Cancer Diagnosis.”
  • Jon Stefely, MSTP (Medical Student Training Program - MD/PhD) student presented: “Mitochondrial ADCK3 Employs an Atypical Protein Kinase-like Fold to Enable Coenzyme Q Biosynthesis.”

Dr. Rosenberg then spoke informally to the new AΩA inductees and the Gold Humanism Honor Society students about his path to leadership, medical professionalism and patient care.

Finally, Dr. Rosenberg was the keynote speaker at the AΩA induction banquet.

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Updated on July 18, 2018.