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Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Top Graduates

May 13, 2015

Following four years of late-night study groups, countless tests, and many cups of coffee, events leading up to graduation began with the ninth annual Student Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, the awards dinner provided an opportunity to recognize the accomplished graduating students who have received department awards and other academic prizes. This event also recognized the donors whose generous contributions fund these awards.

“Tonight, we salute our students, who have excelled throughout the course of their medical education. We recognize our outstanding faculty, and we also take this time to honor our generous donors,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Those receiving honors and awards are truly the best of the best, and reflect the high caliber of talent the University of Maryland School of Medicine matriculates.”
The awards ceremony honored students across a variety of medical disciplines who have demonstrated great promise during their time at the School of Medicine. Awards were presented from nearly every School of Medicine department, with many of the awards named in honor of influential department founders, former chairs or faculty members, or in recognition of those who had made generous contributions to the departments. 
In addition to students receiving recognition at the ceremony, two faculty members were inducted into the Academy of Educational Excellence, established by Carolyn J. Pass, MD ’66 and Richard M. Susel, MD ’66, which awards faculty members who demonstrate excellence in both patient care and classroom instruction. This year’s honorees were Sandra Dolan, PhD , and Robert Habicht, MD. Faculty members inducted into the Academy are recognized on a plaque located inside the Pass and Susel Medical Education Facility in Howard Hall, and receive special pins to signify their membership into the Academy. 
Drs. Pass and Susel also established a new award this year, The Medical Education Tool Chest, which assists faculty in funding the technical tools they need to succeed in today’s electronic classroom.  Zaineb Makhzoumi, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, and D. Chimene Richa, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, were the first two recipients of these Tool Chest awards. 
The School of Medicine Class of 2015 received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 14 (See story). Commencement for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was on May 15 at the Royal Farms Arena.


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