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Medical Student Education Update

October 2022 - Volume VlII, Issue 1


University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry Policies

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) has updated and revised important medical student policies. Students, residents and faculty should beMeliora aware of these policies to optimize the learning environment. Policies and Procedures are located, in full, in the URSMD student handbook.

The Teacher-Learner polices can be directly accessed by visiting:

Double Helix Curriculum

SMD Educational Objectives  

Student News

Alpha Omega Alpha Class of 2023

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), founded in 1902, is the national medical honor society. Dedicated to the belief that in the profession of medicine we will improve care for all by recognizing high educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, encouraging the development of leaders along with supporting the ideals of humanism while promoting service to others.

Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a lasting commitment to professionalism, leadership, scholarship, research, and community service. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing.

It is with great pride that we announce the election of the following Class of 2023 students into the AOA.

Brent Albertson
Megan Betancourt
Spenser Chen
Camille Corre
Christian Dohring
Mariah Erlick
Kiersten Flodman
Jessica Forman
Dalton Labarge
Sydney Loria
Jared Macher
KG Norris
Reva Peer
Eleanor Pope
Jack Reuter
Eli Rogers
Valentina Sedlacek
Stephen Susa
Arun Venkataraman
Courtney Vidovich
Brendan Whitelaw


Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2023

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) recognizes students, residents and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors, and leaders in medicine. GHHS members are peer nominated and are the ones that others say they want taking care of their own family.

Membership in GHHS goes beyond selection and induction into an honor society. Its members have a responsibility to model, support, and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care throughout their careers. The creation of a GHHS chapter signifies to the medical community that an institution places high value on the interpersonal skills and attitudes that are essential for the highest level of patient care.

It is with pleasure we announce the Class of 2023 Gold Humanism Honor Society recipients.

Kavya Bana
Mary (Shea) Kelly-Buckley 
Alexander (Xander) Chait
Spenser Chen
Nicholas Contento 
Claire Filloux
Shane Fuentes
Tresne Hernandez
Catherine (Katie) Klaphke
Dalton LaBarge
Allison (Al) Ogawa
Ramya Sampath
Ericka Scott
Valentina Sedlacek
Dana Stuehling
Leta Yi

2022 Student Awards

The Hrolfe and Dorothy Ziegler Prize in Anatomy

The Ziegler children established this prize in honor of Dr. Hrolfe Ziegler, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anatomy, a dedicated teacher, and his wife, Dorothy, noted for her hospitality to students and graduates. It is awarded to a medical student for outstanding accomplishments in anatomy.

Matthew Carter, Class of 2025


The Edward F. Adolph Medal in Physiology

This award, established in 1976, is presented annually to a medical student who has displayed diligence and notable scholarship in physiology. The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology faculty selects the candidates.

Sam Libby, Class of 2025


The Victor Meyer Emmel Prize in Histology

The Emmel Prize was established by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy to honor Dr. Emmel, a distinguished teacher, scholar and former director of medical histology. It is given to a first year medical or graduate student who best exemplifies the qualities of achievement, professionalism and scholarship that characterized Dr. Emmel.  

Rae Yuan, Class of 2025


The Walle J.H. Nauta Award for Excellence in Neurosciences 

This annual prize is awarded to a medical student who best exemplifies both scholarly achievement in the neurosciences and the qualities of kindness, compassion and concern for the well-being of others shown by Dr. Nauta, a former member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Guy Azriel, Class of 2024


The Gilbert B. Forbes Prize in Pediatrics

This annual award, established in 1988 by the Department of Pediatrics, commemorates Gilbert B. Forbes, MD, one of the nation’s foremost scholars, researchers and teachers of pediatrics, who served as a member of the department’s faculty for 48 years. Dr. Forbes’ distinguished research career in the study of childhood nutrition and metabolism was exemplified by his enduring enthusiasm for learning. This award is presented to a first or second year medical student or to a graduate student who has achieved a high standard of scholarship and originality in research as exemplified by Dr. Forbes.

Katherine Woo, Class of 2024


The Adenia Andrews Community Service Award 

This memorial award was established in 1995 by the Class of 1997 to recognize a medical student of unique promise, compassion and integrity who exemplifies the personal qualities of Adenia as demonstrated by their dedication to community service. Adenia was a member of the Class of 1997 until her death in July 1994 in an automobile accident.  

Bianca Audrey Duah, Class of 2024


The Marvin J. Hoffman Awards are given to students who have conducted outstanding research in the areas of basic science, clinical or transitional research, geriatric research, international medicine and community service.


Community Outreach Award

Ashlee Macalino, Class of 2025

Catherine Liu, Class of 2025

Minjoo Jo, Class of 2025

Rae Yuan, Class of 2025

Project: “Strong Art (StArt)”


International Medicine Award

Mina Shah, Class of 2025


Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater Rochester Geriatric Research Award

Jack Reuter, Class of 2023

Project: The Role of FGF18 in Osteoarthritis of the Hip

Mentor: Dr. Brian Giordano


Basic Science/Clinical/Translational Research Award

Eleanor Pope, Class of 2023

Project: Longitudinal Real World changes in Skin Microbial Ecology in Atopic Dermatitis Patients

Mentor: Lisa Beck


Phase 2 student, Brittany Hodges has been elected to Vice Chair of Region 7 for the Medical Student Section of the AMA and Phase 4 student, Leanna (Leif) Knight whas been elected to Vice Chair of the LGBTQ+ Section Council, a physician led council of the AMA. In addition, two policies written by medical students Shireen Saxena (resolution 301) and Leanna (Leif) Knight (resolution 203) were passed and became AMA policy. Submitted by Shireen Saxena was resolution 301 


Phase 3 student, Yoav Kadan has been selected to join the USMLE Medical Student and Resident Advisory Panel.


Phase 4 student, Dalton LaBarge has been selected as a recipient of the 2022 AMA Foundation Underrepresented in Medicine Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship.


Phase 4 student, Ian Brodka received the Dr. Duane and Joyce Cady/Medical Society of the State of New York Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship.


Resident News


The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Resident Teaching Award 

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, a private non-profit organization, is dedicated to the promotion of humanism in the practice of medicine. Selected by the graduating class, these residents have served as positive role models in their humanistic approach to patients.  

Calvin M. Albrecht, MD, Department of Internal Medicine

Joshua R. Broden, MD, Department of Internal Medicine

Shaelyn Cavanaugh, MD, MPH, Department of Surgery

Jordana L. Gilman MD, MPH, Department Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michelle L. Prong, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine/Pediatrics

Korry T. Wirth, MD, Department of Surgery


Faculty News

2022 Faculty Awards

Commendations for First Year Teaching

John G. Frelinger, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Linda M. Callahan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience


The Manuel D. Goldman Prize for Excellence in First Year Teaching

This prize was established in 1981 in memory of Manuel D. Goldman and is awarded each year by the first year class to recognize a member of the faculty for excellence in first year teaching.  

David R. Kornack, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience


Commendations for Second Year Teaching

Benjamin Joseph Gigliotti, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine


The Herbert W. Mapstone Prize for Excellence in Second Year Teaching

Established in 1981 by the Mapstone family, this prize is awarded by the second year class to recognize members of the faculty for excellence in second year teaching.  

Catherine A. Moore, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine


Commendations for Third Year Teaching

Yanjie Qi, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery

David W. Staudt, MD Senior Instructor, Department of Medicine


The Harry L. Segal Prize for Excellence  in Third Year Teaching

This prize was established in 1987 to honor Dr. Segal who was a nationally known gastroenterologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Rochester. It is awarded each year by the third year class to a faculty member for excellence in third year teaching.  

Amit S. Dhamoon, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine


Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award was established by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Association to pay tribute to members of the faculty “in recognition of integrity, inspiring, teaching and devotion to medical students”.  

Christopher Tarolli, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology 

New Course Directors

The University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes the following new course and clerkship directors:


Marie-Patricia Luck

Assistant Professor of Clinical Health Humanities and Bioethics, Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics

Director, Health Humanities


Adam Bracken, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Pediatrics, Nursing

Director, Disorders of Childhood (Phase 2)


Grayson Pitcher, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Director, Surgery Clerkship (Phase 3)


Stacy Sun, MD

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Director, Obstetrics & Gynecology Acting Internship (Phase 4)

Emergency Resources

AlertUR is the University's emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent to the University community by phone call, text message, or email. All students and employees are automatically enrolled with their University email address. You can opt to provide other contact information by logging in to the system with your NetID.

RESTORE/Rape Crisis
(585) 546-2777

University Health Service
(585) 275-2662

University Counseling Center
(585) 275-3113

River Campus ID Office
(585) 275-3975

Medical Center ID Office
(585) 273-2000

University Parking
(585) 275-4524

(585) 273-4567

Giving Feedback

The following videos, prepared by the Committee on Media Creation for Giving Effective Feedback at URSMD, provide a resource for faculty, residents, preceptors, small group leaders, and tutors in giving feedback to students. 

Teaching Opportunities at URSMD

There are many opportunities to teach medical students at URSMD. Different formats and options include:

  • Clinical teaching in the clerkships
  • Small Group teaching
  • Serving as a Problem Based Learning tutor
  • Serving as preceptor for Phase 1 and Phase 2 medical students in primary care offices.

Please contact the Office of Curriculum and Assessment at (585) 275-0827 to discuss the different options available.