April 29, 2005

Three medical students recognized with awards

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Student wins spot in abstract presentation

Robert Chan, a second-year VUSM student, presented a poster at the 2005 Annual Session of the American College of Physicians in San Francisco April 11 as part of the 11th Annual Medical Student Member Abstract Competition. Of the 230 abstracts submitted this year, Chan’s was one of 10 chosen for presentation. Along with an expense-paid trip to the Annual Session, Chan earned the opportunity to give an oral presentation as well as compete in a poster competition at the meeting.

Student garners AOA fellowship

Second-year VUSM student Clayton Knox earned a 2005 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship from Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA). The $4,000 award supports a summer of clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology or social science/health research. AOA is the national medical honor society. The fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, a longtime administrator of the AOA and honorary member of the society, who died in 2004.

Student to participate in HHMI-NIH research program

Third-year VUSM student Christopher Welty will be spending next year in Bethesda, Md., pursuing his research interests through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program.

The HHMI-NIH fellowships are awarded to medical students on the basis of the applicant’s ability and promise for a research career as a physician-scientist, and the quality of training that will be provided. The program consists of a year of basic, translational or applied biomedical research under the direct mentorship of senior NIH research scientists.