UConn School of Medicine Spring Awards

The UConn School of Medicine presented awards and recognitions to faculty, staff and students during a special ceremony held recently in Keller Auditorium.The event honored students in the first through third years of medical school. Fourth-year students are honored at the Senior Awards luncheon on May 9.

Dr. Jason Ryan, assistant professor of medicine and cardiologist in the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center, received this year’s Loeser Award. The Loeser award is given to the faculty member who has the ability to evoke in students an enthusiasm for learning, a desire to emulate their own attributes of scholarly curiosity, and to give wholeheartedly to advance the welfare and education of their students. The award is named after Charles N. Loeser, one of the medical school’s most popular and respected first faculty members.

The Committee Award for Meritorious Educational Leadership (CAMEL) was given to Mechanisms of Disease-2 (MOD-2) directed by Dr. Raymond Foley, associate professor of medicine. The CAMEL is given to the subject committee that “promotes a stimulating learning experience and, in its organization, presentation of material and overall level of teaching, has afforded the students an invaluable opportunity to learn and understand basic medical sciences.”

From left, Loeser award recipient, Dr. Jason Ryan with Dr. David Henderson, associate dean for student affairs, and Christine Thatcher, director of medical education. (Photos provided by Roselyn Wright)
From left, Loeser award recipient, Dr. Jason Ryan with Dr. David Henderson, associate dean for student affairs, and Dr. Christine Thatcher, director of medical education. (Photos provided by Roselyn Wright)

Dr. David Henderson (kneeling) and Christine Thatcher (fourth from right) pose with First-Year Teaching Award recipients. From left Richard Zeff; Dr. Srdjan Antic; Yvonne Grimm Jorgenson; John Harrison, James Watras, and Dr. Thomas Manger. (Photo provided by Roselyn Wright)
Drs. David Henderson (kneeling) and Christine Thatcher (fourth from right) pose with First-Year Teaching Award recipients. From left Drs. Richard Zeff; Srdjan Antic; Yvonne Grimm Jorgenson; John Harrison, James Watras, and Thomas Manger.

From left, Dr. David Henderson, Dr. Raymond Foley, CAMEL recipient for MOD 2 Homeostasis, and Christine Thatcher.
From left, Dr. David Henderson, Dr. Raymond Foley, CAMEL recipient for MOD-2 Homeostasis, and Dr. Christine Thatcher.

From left, Dr. David Henderson, Harrison Hayward, MSI; Caroline Rogi, MSII; and Kelsey Sokol, MSIII; and Christine Thatcher.
From left, Dr. David Henderson, Harrison Hayward, MS I; Caroline Rogi, MS II; and Kelsey Sokol, MS III; and Dr. Christine Thatcher.

2014 Spring Awards Night Winners

2014 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee presented by CDR Joseph Perez

  • Avery LaChance, MS IV

Undergraduate Medical Education Student Awards

  • Community Service Award: Fludiona Naka, MS I; Chindhuri Selvadurai, MS II; Melissa Dion, MS III
  • Student Leadership Award: Harrison Hayward, MS I; Caroline Rogi, MS II; Kelsey Sokol, MS III
  • Outstanding Service  to Fellow Students: Taylor Chenail, MS I; Ethan Talbot, MS II; Russell Bratman, MS III
  • Outstanding Student Teaching Award: Ethan Talbot, MS II
  • Art of Medicine Award: Brian Martineau, MS III
  • Renaissance Award: Stephanie Alimena, MS I
  • Inspiration Award: Diane Smith, MS III
  • Outstanding Research Award: Thomas Sakrison-Durant, MS III

Undergraduate Medical Education Staff Awards

  • Professionalism Award – Lisa Francini
  • Staff Star – Roselyn Wright

Undergraduate Medical Education Faculty Awards

Year 1 and 2 Faculty Appreciation Awards

  • MS I – James Watras, PhD, and John Harrison, PhD
  • MS II – Jason Ryan, MD, and Karen Hook, MD

Outstanding Outpatient Clinical Preceptor

  • Barbara Ziogas, MD, and Fonda Gravino, MD

Outstanding Inpatient Clinical Preceptor

  • Doug D’Andrea, MD, and Ramachandra Illindala, MD

Loeser Recipient

  • Jason Ryan, MD

Loeser Finalists

  • Michael Blechner, MD
  • David Gregorio, PhD, MS
  • Karen Hook, MD
  • Richard Lindquist, MD
  • James Watras, PhD

CAMEL Award

  • MOD-2 Homeostasis – Raymond Foley, MD

First Year Teaching Awards

  • John Harrison, PhD
  • James Watras, PhD
  • Thomas Manger, MD, PhD
  • Yvonne Grimm Jorgenson, PhD
  • Richard Zeff, PhD
  • Srdjan Antic, MD

Student Government Appreciation Awards

  • Alexander Adami, MD, PhD
  • Chad Bianchi and Marcia Ginsburg

South Park Clinic Appreciation Awards

General Clinic

  • Robert Dodenhoff, MD, and Thomas Manger, MD, PhD
  • Heiko Schmitt, MD, and Bruce Gould, MD

Women’s Clinic

  • Jessica Mullins, MD

Dermatology Clinic

  • Hanspaul Makkar, MD

School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean Awards

Individual

  • Deb Johnson, APRN

Team Award

  • Bill Kleinman, Senior Counsel for Health Affairs
  • Jeff Blumenthal, Assistant Attorney General

Graduate Medical Education Awards

Outstanding Program Director

  • Amy Johnson, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Outstanding Resident

  • Kyle Johnson, MD – Otolaryngology

Outstanding Staff

  • Martha Wilkie

Consortium Awards

Community Service Award

  • Ambreen Mohamed, MD, and Demytra Mitsis, MD

Leadership Award

  • Oli Francis, MD

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