May 19, 2000

Class Day 2000 honors

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Dr. Harry Jacobson (left), Monroe Carell (fourth from left) and a host of children and families turned the dirt earlier this week to mark the groundbreaking for the new children’s hospital. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Class Day 2000 honors

Thirty-two students from the graduating medical school class and one faculty member were honored at the annual Class Day for the School of Medicine held last week in Langford Auditorium.

Robert C. Matthias Jr. received three awards and David H. Harley, Lisa M. Goetz, Julie C. Hibbard, and Scott A. Hande received two each. Dr. Robert D. Collins, professor of Pathology, was also recognized with an award.

Graduating medical student Stuart G. Hannah was honored with The Geoffrey David Chazen Award. This award for innovation in medical education recognizes a student, resident, fellow or faculty member who has made special contributions to the educational programs of VUSM.

The School of Medicine Award of Distinction was presented to Harley and Joe C. Soto for demonstrating outstanding qualities of leadership and humanitarian service.

The Dean's Award went to Amy Grotelueschen and Jesse P. Jorgensen. The Dean's Award honors the medical student or students distinguished by outstanding contribution of leadership and service.

David E. Brumbaugh was presented The Kaufman Prize in Medicine, given to a graduating medical student who has demonstrated qualities of humaneness, dedication and unselfish service in the study of medicine.

The David R. Freedy Memorial Award was given to Sandeep K. Kakaria. Established to honor David Richard Freedy, a member of the Class of 1993, who died of cancer, the award is given to the student who has demonstrated qualities of leadership, exceptional courage and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Eileen H. Dauer was presented the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award, given to a woman medical student who is an honor student and leads her class in academic distinction.

Four students received the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, which is presented in recognition of the accomplishments of women medical students who graduate as honor graduates. The recipients were Robin H. Fogle, Lisa M. Goetz, Julie C. Hibbard, and Tracy M. Motyka.

A graduating student and a faculty member, who demonstrate compassion and empathy in the delivery of health care, were honored with The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Humanism in Medicine Award. Student John L. Davis Jr. and Dr. Robert D. Collins, received the award.

The John G. Coniglio Prize in Biochemistry is awarded to medical students who have distinguished themselves in Biochemistry. This year's recipients were Paul S. Kingma and Asit Parikh.

Graduating medical students Derek W. Abbott and Derek C. Welch received the John L. Shapiro Award for Excellence in Pathology. The award, which recognizes outstanding student performance in pathology, honors the memory of Dr. John L. Shapiro, who was professor and chairman of the department from 1956 to 1971.

The Amos Christie Award, which recognizes the student in the graduating class who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of scholarship and humanity embodied in the ideal pediatrician, was presented to Barron L. Patterson. The award is in memory of Dr. Amos Christie, who was professor and chairman of the department of Pediatrics from 1943 to 1968.

John W. Millstine was given the Roentgen Award, which honors important contributions in one of the radiological sciences during four years of study. The award, named for Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, a pioneer in diagnostic radiology, recognizes discoveries in either clinical or research areas.

Robert C. Matthias Jr. received the Canby Robinson Society Award. This award recognizes those intangible qualities of common sense, knowledge, thoughtfulness, personal warmth, gentleness and confidence which combine to make the "Ideal Doctor.”

The Hospital Award of Excellence, which recognizes the student who has contributed the most toward excellent patient care by demonstrating sensitivity, compassion and concern in clinical responsibilities to patients at VUMC, was given to Patricia S. Chu and David H. Harley. This award is voted on by the chief residents of all the services.

The Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine, given on behalf of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, was presented to Jennifer J. Casaletto. The award recognizes a medical student for outstanding clinical performance in the Emergency Department.

Julie C. Hibbard received the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians Award, which is given to a graduating medical student in recognition of dedication to the high ideals of family practice.

Three students were honored with The Albert Weinstein Prize in Medicine. Established in memory of Albert Weinstein, M.D., the award is given to the student who has demonstrated high scholastic attainment and qualities. The award was shared by Lisa M. Goetz, Scott A. Hande and Timothy Kuo.

The Rudolph H. Kampmeier Prize in Medicine was awarded to Rachel J. Jankolovits. The award is presented by the department of Medicine to the student who is judged by the faculty to have exhibited the qualities of the excellent physician as exemplified by Dr. Kampmeier throughout his career.

Elizabeth C. Wick received the Surgical Clerkship Award, which is presented by the Section of Surgical Sciences to a student who has shown superior performance in the third-year surgical clerkship and who plans to enter graduate education in surgery.

The H. William Scott Jr. Prize in Surgery was given to Mary T. Austin. This award is presented to the graduating medical student who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, performance and character reflecting the ideal surgeon.

The Beauchamp Scholarship, which is endowed and awarded to the student showing the greatest progress in the field of psychiatry, was presented to Jeffrey S. Cluver.

Niranjan Bhat received The Merck Award for Excellence in Infectious Diseases, which is presented annually by the divisions of Infectious Diseases in the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics to the student who has demonstrated outstanding aptitude and performance in clinical and investigative efforts in infectious diseases or microbiology.

The Orthopaedic Surgery Clerkship Award was presented to Robert C. Matthias. The award is given to the student who has excelled in both the third- and fourth-year orthopaedic clerkships and who has demonstrated outstanding potential in the field of orthopaedic surgery.

The Tom Nesbitt Award is presented by the Nashville Academy of Medicine and Davidson County Medical Society in recognition of the service and contribution of Tom Nesbitt, M.D., assistant clinical professor of Urology. The award is given to the graduating medical student who demonstrates exemplary character and leadership. The recipient this year was Charles J. Wray.

Scott A. Hande was given the Diabetes/Endocrine Research Award. This award is given to the graduating student who has performed the most meritorious research related to diabetes and endocrinology.

The Lonnie S. Burnett Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology was given to Anne M. Knudsen. The award is given to the student demonstrating superior performance and who exemplifies the qualities of dedication, leadership, compassion and integrity in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

Sarah E. McAchran was awarded the Dixon N. Burns Award in Medical Ethics. This award is given by the Center for Clinical and Research Ethics to the student who has, through a written essay, demonstrated unusual ability in identifying and analyzing ethical issues presented in either clinical or research contexts.

Robert C. Matthias received the Paula C. Hoos Award. The Class of 2003 presents this award in recognition of teaching excellence in the anatomy laboratory and to express its sincere appreciation for the assistance of members of the graduating class.