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2012 Postgraduate Award

In 2011, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established the Postgraduate Award to encourage and support AΩA residents or fellows from programs or institutions with an active AΩA chapter or association to pursue a project in the spirit of the AΩA mission statement. Project applications were accepted in the categories of:

  1. Research: Support for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research.
  2. Service: Local or international service work, focusing on underprivileged or immigrant populations or those in the developing world, as well as patient and population education project.
  3. Teaching and education: Research, development, or implementation of education academic curricula, with the focus on postgraduate education.
  4. Leadership: Leadership development.
  5. Humanism and professionalism: Projects designed to encourage understanding, development, and retention of traits of humanism and professionalism among physicians, directed to physicians in postgraduate training.

Eight applicants received $2000 awards to support their work.

The recipients of the 2012 awards are:

Click on titles with an to read the research abstract.

Julie Balch Samora, MD (AΩA, West Virginia University, 2009)
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Project category: Teaching and education
Microsurgery Instruction in an Orthopaedic Residency
Ryan D. Klinefelter, MD, mentor
Sheryl A. Pfeil, MD, councilor

Steven Bishop, MD (AΩA, University of Virginia, 2010)
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Project category: Teaching and education
Team-Based Learning in In-Patient Ward Teams: Does It Improve Resident Learning?
Stephanie A. Call, MD, MSPH, mentor
Gordon L. Archer, councilor

Michael O’Neill, MD (AΩA, Temple University, 2009)
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Project category: Research
Follow-up Yttrium-90 Internal Pair Production PET/CT Imaging in Patients with Primary or Metastatic Liver Tumors as Compared with Brehmsstrahlung Imaging: A Prospective Case Series
Jason Salsamendi, MD, mentor
Alex J. Mechaber, MD, councilor

Andrew Ross, MD (AΩA, Oregon Health & Sciences University, 2009)
University of Vermont College of Medicine
University of Vermont, Fletcher Allen Health Care
Project category: Research
Benefits of a Pre-Natal Ultrasound Program in Rural Uganda
Kristen DeStigter, MD, mentor
Jeffrey Klein, MD, councilor

Shawna Ruple, MD (AΩA, Michigan State University, 2010)
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville University Hospital Systems
Project category: Research
A Pilot Study Comparing the Pregnancy Rate of Clomifene Citrate and Raloxifene in Infertile Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Patients
Bruce Lessey, MD, PhD, mentor
Joshua T. Thornhill, MD, councilor

Mary Temple Sale, MD (AΩA, Marshall University, 2010)
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Improvement for Contraceptive Access in Methadone-Using Women
Tony Ogburn, MD, mentor
Tony Ogburn, MD, councilor

Noam VanderWalde, MD (AΩA, University of Maryland, 2009)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Utility of the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Predicting Tolerance to Radiation Therapy in Older Adults with Cancer: A Prospective Blinded Study
Bhishamjit S. Chera, MD, mentor
Amelia Drake, MD, councilor

Breelyn Wilky, MD (AΩA, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2005)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
The Role of RNA Helicase DDX3 in Ewing’s Sarcoma
David M. Loeb, MD, PhD, mentor
Charles Flexner, MD, councilor

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Updated on September 2, 2014.