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Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Top Graduates

May 18, 2018

Samantha Dizon, Student Award Recipient

Following four years of countless tests, late-night study groups, and many cups of coffee, events leading up to graduation began with the 12th annual Student Awards Ceremony and Dinner. Held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Baltimore Marriot Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 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, and we recognize our outstanding faculty, who mentor and train the future generation of physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Those receiving honors and awards truly represent 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.

 

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In addition to students receiving recognition at the ceremony, three 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 M. Quezada, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Norman Retener, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Kerri Thom, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health. 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 The Medical Education Tool Chest, which assists faculty in funding the technical tools they need to succeed in today’s electronic classroom. This year’s recipient was Adam C. Puche, PhD, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology.

The School of Medicine Class of 2018 received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Hippodrome Theatre on May 17 (See story). Commencement for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) was on May 18 at the Royal Farms Arena.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Commemorating its 210th Anniversary, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and nearly $450 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact in excess of $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th-highest public medical school in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu/

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