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Medical Student Education Update

October 2021 - Volume VlI, 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 2022

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 2022 students into the AOA.

Ahmar Alam
Olga Alvarez Lopez
Rohun Bhagat
Alexandra Buda
Shannon Cleary
Owen Dean
Alexandra DeSousa
Omar El Charif 
Emily Gore
Madelaine Hack
Sarah Hancock
Bailey Harrison
Olivia Lynch
Hannah Mbony 
Steven Meng
Sara Peterson
Amy Phan 
Nina Rizk
Jared Schattenkerk
Peter Sobraske
Racquel Whyte

Gold Humanism Honor Society Class of 2022

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 2022 Gold Humanism Honor Society recipients.

Shannon Cleary
Omar El Charif
Owen Dean
Patrick Hebble
Catherine Lyndaker
Amundam Mancho
Spencer Matson
*Jessica Meyer
Betsy Rojas
Eliot Sachsenmeier
Arielle Schecter
*Veronica Yu

*elected by the class of 2021 – inducted with the class of 2022

2021 Opening Convocation 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.
Jonathan Snitzer

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.
Gil Smolyak, Class of 2024

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.  
Ben Fang, 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.
Anne Zhang, Class of 2022

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.

International Medicine Award
Alexandra Buda, Class of 2022
Project: “I HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders in Zambian Children”
Advisor: David Bearden, MD

Community Outreach Award
Katie Klapheke, Class of 2023
KG Norris, Class of 2023
Mikayla Satchell, Class of 2023
Leta Yi, Class of 2023
Project: “Rochester Human Rights Initiative (RHRI)”

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Greater Rochester Geriatric Research Award
Basil Kazi, Class of 2022
Project: “Dialysis Decision-Making in Hindsight”
Advisor: Fahad Saeed, MBBS

Basic Science/Clinical/Translational Research Award
Chiamaka Azogini, Class of 2022
Project: “Develop and determine the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary abstinence rate of Decidetext(+), a culturally- and linguistically-congruent smoking cessation text messaging intervention tailored to Latino smokers living with HIV”
Advisor: Francisco Cartujano, MD

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 his/her dedication to community service. Adenia was a member of the Class of 1997 until her death in July 1994 in an automobile accident. 
Dalton LaBarge, Class of 2023
Ericka Scott, Class of 2023

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.
Jared Macher, Class of 2023

2021 Piscano Scholarship

Congratulations to 4th year medical student, Jessica Meyer who received a 2021 Piscano Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to students attending U.S. medical schools who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine. In addition, each applicant must show demonstrable leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service. Since 1993, the PLF has selected 166 outstanding medical students. Approximately 3,000 applicants representing more than 140 medical schools competed for these scholarships.

2021 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest

Congratulations to Davina Ran who placed second in the 2021 Hope Babette Tang Humanism in Healthcare Essay Contest. The essay contest prompts medical and nursing students to engage in a reflective writing exercise that illustrates an experience in which they or a team member worked to ensure humanistic care. The winning essays will be published in Academic Medicine and the Journal of Professional Nursing.

URSMD's Family Medicine Interest Group

Congratulations to URSMD's Family Medicine Interest Group for receiving two awards at the American Academy of Family Physicians Conference. It won both the "Excellence as a First-Time Applicant" and "Excellence in Promoting the Scope and Diversity of Family Medicine" awards.

Alumni News

Congratulations to URSMD alumnus and current Neurosurgery resident, David Paul for winning $5,000 in a national competition for his company Bold & Gritty, a black-owned coffee-focused lifestyle brand.


Faculty News

2021 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser
Distinguished Teacher Award

Congratulations to Dr. Valerie Lang, recipient of the 2021 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award. Among her achievements, Dr. Lang led the design and implementation of a groundbreaking medical student program, Meliora in Medicine, which combines health systems science with other disciplines.

2021 Opening Convocation Faculty Awards

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. 
Sergiy Nadtochiy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

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. 
Sarah J. Betstadt, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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. 
Robert Stone, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology

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”. 
Amy E. Blatt, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

New Course Directors

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

Stella King-Turner, MD, MHA
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine & Family Medicine
Course Director, Meliora in Medicine

Catherine Moore, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Director, Disease Processes & Therapeutics 201 & 202 (Phase 2)

Ariel Reinish, MD
Instructor, Pediatrics
Assistant Director, Primary Care Clerkship (Phase 2)

Margarita Corredor, MD
Senior Instructor, Pediatrics
Director, Pediatrics Clerkship (Phase 3)

Jennifer Pascoe, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Director, Medicine Clerkship (Phase 3)

Elizabeth Brown, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Director, Family Medicine Clerkship (Year 4)

Nina Piazza, MD
Senior Instructor, Family Medicine
Director, Family Medicine Sub-Internship (Year 4)

Emergency Resources

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.