"Be worthy to serve the suffering."

-William W. Root, MD - Founder, 1902

Postgraduate Fellowship

Important Dates

Deadline for submission

June 1, 2021

Award Announcements

August 20, 2021

The Opportunity

Postgraduate awards will be given to residents and fellows for research or scholarly projects in the spirit of the AΩA mission. Priority will be given to those projects that include elements of leadership, professionalism, and teaching.

The Fellowship

Up to 10 fellowships of $2,000 each, with one-half paid on announcement of the fellowship, and one-half paid on approval of the final report. Schools, departments, and/or programs are encouraged to provide additional or matching funds. Only one candidate per school may be nominated.

Eligibility

Medical residents and fellows in programs at institutions with an active AΩA Chapter or association. Applicants must be nominated by their residency or fellowship program directors. Applicants need not be AΩA members, however, those who are members must have active status. In addition, all AΩA members included in the submission packet must have active status.

Application to the Councilor

The Councilor and his/her selection committee will choose the proposal judged to be the most promising and with a high probability of completion during the Fellowship year. Applications should include:

  1. A completed checklist (see attached);
  2. A summary of the project written by the applicant. Requirements are listed on the checklist;
  3. The project bibliography (if applicable);
  4. A copy of IRB/IACUC approval;
  5. The applicant’s CV (no more than four pages in length);
  6. A letter of support from the applicant’s mentor (if applicable), indicating his/her commitment of time and interest to the project and applicant.
  7. The mentor’s biosketch;
  8. A letter of nomination from the applicant’s residency or fellowship program director, including a commitment to allow the applicant time to complete the proposed project;
  9. An endorsement of the applicant’s department chair, which should comment on the applicant’s achievements and potential, and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.

Application to AΩA

The proposal selected by the Councilor must be sent electronically to AΩA, and, in addition to the items included in the submission to the Councilor, must include:

  • A letter of endorsement from the AΩA Councilor.

Applications must be submitted through the Online Submission link below no later than June 1, 2021.

Fellowships will be announced: August 20, 2021.

Other Important Information

The proposal selected by the Councilor must be sent electronically to AΩA, and, in addition to the items included in the submission to the Councilor, must include:

  • A letter of endorsement from the AΩA Councilor.

Applications must be submitted through the Online Submission link below no later than June 1, 2021.

Fellowships will be announced: August 20, 2021.

Questions may be directed to

Libby Appel at 720-859-4149 or E-mail her at postgraduateaward@alphaomegaalpha.org

Past Recipients

In 2011, the Board of Directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established the Postgraduate Award to encourage and support AΩA residents or fellows from programs or institutions with an active AΩA Chapter or association to pursue a project in the spirit of the AΩA mission statement that could fulfill the ACGME requirements for scholarly activity. Project applications were accepted in the categories of:

  1. Research: Support for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research.
  2. Service: Local or international service work, focusing on underprivileged or immigrant populations or those in the developing world, as well as patient and population education projects.
  3. Teaching and education: Research, development, or implementation of education academic curricula, with the focus on postgraduate education.
  4. Leadership: Leadership development.
  5. Humanism and professionalism: Projects designed to encourage understanding, development, and retention of traits of humanism and professionalism among physicians, directed to physicians in postgraduate training.

Eleven applicants received $2000 awards to support their work. The recipients of the 2019 awards are:

Mudit Chowdhary, MD, Rush Medical College
It Starts at the Top: An Analysis of Female Representation in Academic Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Surgical Oncology Program Leadership Positions
Mentor: Gaurav Marwaha, MD

Jordan Derck, MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Screening in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Mentor: Tessie October, MD, MPH

Tarini Goyal, MD (AΩA, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2019), Stanford University School of Medicine
Development and Effect of a Novel Goals of Care Skills Curriculum For Neurology Residents
Mentor: Carl Gold, MD, MS (AΩA, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2011)

Molly Hillenbrand, MD, (AΩA, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2017), University of Cincinnati
Ocular Complications of Candidemia in the Era of Echinocandins as First-line Systemic Therapy
Mentor: Senu Apewokin, MD

Andrew Katz, MD, (AΩA, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2017), University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
The Role of Social Support Systems and Identification of Barriers for Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Compliance at a County Hospital
Mentor: Elizabeth Nicolli, MD (AΩA, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2010)

Nicolas Khattar, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Adaptaquin neuroprotection in an In-vitro and In-vivo Models of Severe Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Mouse Model
Mentor: Michal Hetman, MD, PhD

Darae Ko, MD, MS, Boston University School of Medicine
Investigating Atrial Fibrillation-related Health Care Utilization and Outcome After Crypgogenic Stroke
Mentor: Emelia Benjamin, MD, ScM

Christopher McLaughlin, MD (AΩA, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, 2017), Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Introducing Primary Care in Trauma Systems: Can Trauma be a Gateway to Long-Term Health?
Mentor: Steven Allen, MD

Sasha Mikhael, MD, MS, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Identification of Estrogen Receptor Mutations in Patients with Infertility
Mentor: Lawrence C. Layman, MD (AΩA, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, 2012)

Ranjodh Singh Bopari, MD (AΩA, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2017), Sidney Kimmel Medical College
The Impact of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Elastin on Eyelid Anatomy and Function
Mentor: Sathyadeepak Ramesh, MD (AΩA, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, 2012)

Rachel Sprague, MD, University of South Florida College of Medicine
Transcriptomic Analysis of Catecholestrogen (4-OHE2)-induced Human Endometrial Stromal Cell Survival Via Adrenergic Receptor(s): Implications for Development of Endometriosis
Mentors: Charles J. Lockwood, MD (AΩA, New York University School of Medicine, 1998); Umit A. Kayisli, MSc, PhD

In 2011, the Board of Directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established the Postgraduate Award to encourage and support AΩA residents or fellows from programs or institutions with an active AΩA Chapter or association to pursue a project in the spirit of the AΩA mission statement that could fulfill the ACGME requirements for scholarly activity. Project applications were accepted in the categories of:

  1. Research: Support for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research.
  2. Service: Local or international service work, focusing on underprivileged or immigrant populations or those in the developing world, as well as patient and population education projects.
  3. Teaching and education: Research, development, or implementation of education academic curricula, with the focus on postgraduate education.
  4. Leadership: Leadership development.
  5. Humanism and professionalism: Projects designed to encourage understanding, development, and retention of traits of humanism and professionalism among physicians, directed to physicians in postgraduate training.

Eight applicants received $2000 awards to support their work. The recipients of the 2018 awards are:

Clinton Enos, MD, MS
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Project category: Research
Investigating Geographic Trends in the Choice of Systemic Therapies for the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Psoriasis
Abby Van Voorhees, MD, mentor

David Hermel, MD
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Project category: Research
The Role of the CSCL1/CXCR2 Signaling Pathway in Breast Cancer Dissemination
Amir Goldkorn, MD, mentor
Ed Crandall, PhD, MD, mentor

Burles “Rusty” Johnson, MD, PhD (AΩA, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, 2014, Resident)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Targeting Indoleamine 2, 3 Dioxygenase to Improve Anti-tumor Immunity
Linda Smith-Resar, MD, mentor

Kimberly Kopecky, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Interactive Communication Curriculum for Surgical Residents
Marc Melcher, MD, PhD, mentor

Edmund Lee, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Project category: Research
A Competency-based Accelerated Intern Preparatory Curriculum for Incoming Surgical Residents
James Lau, MD, mentor

Christine Moore, DO (AΩA, James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University, 2018, Resident)
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Project category: Research
Development of Metformin and y-tocotrienol for Prostate Cancer Prevention
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, mentor

Mikhaylo Szczupak, MD (AΩA, University of Miami, 2015)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Fluorescein-Guided Detection of the Tumor-Nerve Interface in a Xenograft Model of Vestibular Schwannoma
Christine Dinh, MD, mentor

Jesse Xie, MD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Project category: Research
Validation of Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry and Phase Angle from Bioelectrical Impedance as Reliable Markers for Sarcopenia in Liver Transplant Candidates
Andres Duarte-Rojo, MD, mentor

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA)
Since its founding in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has recognized and advocated for excellence in scholarship, demonstrated professionalism, and the growth of physician leadership in the profession of medicine. Through 132 active Chapters in the United States and Lebanon, more than 4,000 new members are inducted into the society each year. More than 55 Nobel Prize winners are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as 12 of the 20 United States Surgeons General, including Dr. Vivek Murthy. Nearly 75% of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Alpha Omega Alpha annually grants more than $1.75 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.

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