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2016 Postgraduate Awards

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 that could fulfill the ACGME requirements for scholarly activity. 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 projects.
  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.

Ten applicants received $2000 awards to support their work. The recipients of the 2016 awards are:

Marianne Abouyared, MD (AΩA, University of Miami, 2016, Resident)
University of Miami Leonard M Miller School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Expression of programmed death-1 and programmed death ligand-1 in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma previously treated with Tadalafil
Donald Weed, MD, mentor

Joshua Bakhsheshian, MD, MS
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Project category: Education
Development of A Perfusion-Based Cadaveric Simulation Model Curriculum in Neurosurgical Training: Feasibility Based on Reconstitution of Cerebrospinal Fluid
Gabriel Zada, MD, MS, mentor

Corey Keller, MD, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Induction and quantification of long-term plasticity in the human brain
Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, mentor

Lara Kovell, MD (AΩA, Johns Hopkins University, 2011)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
The Effect of Intentional Weight Loss on Subclinical Myocardial Injury
Steven Schulman, MD, mentor

Ibrahim Nassour MD (AΩA, American University of Beirut, 2010)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Medical School
Project category: Research
The Role of Arid1a in Pancreatic Mucinious Cystic Lesions
Sam Wang, MD, mentor

Adrienne Poon, MD, MPH
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Project category: Research
Factors associated with outpatient and primary care utilization at various health service facilities among older people in China
Weiyan Jian, MD, PhD, mentor
Kit Yee Chan, MD, mentor

Alok Saini, MD (AΩA, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2011)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Project category: Research
The efficacy of a drug-eluting sinus implant in patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery
Alfred Iloreta, MD, mentor

Lauren Taylor, MD
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Project category: Education
Best Case/Worst Case: Teaching surgical residents to use a communication tool for high-stakes surgical decisions
Margaret Schwarze, MD, FACS, mentor

Mauricio Villamar, MD
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Project category: Research
Correlation of circadian and autonomic variables with electrophysiological markers in epilepsy patients undergoing phase II presurgical evaluation
Meriem Bensalem-Owen, MD, FANA, FACNS, mentor

Noelle Williams, MD (AΩA, University of Florida, 2013)
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Project category: Research
A Pilot Feasibility Trial Examining the Use of Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes in Prostate Cancer Patients with Apple ResearchKit Smartphone Application
Adam Dicker, MD, mentor

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AΩA)
Since its founding in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has recognized and advocated for excellence in scholarship, demonstrated professionalism, and the growth of physician leadership in the profession of medicine. Through 130 active chapters in the United States and Lebanon, more than 3,600 new members are inducted into the society each year. More than 55 Nobel Prize winners are members of Alpha Omega Alpha, as well as 11 of the 19 United States Surgeons General, including Dr. Vivek Murthy. Nearly 75% of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AΩA. Alpha Omega Alpha annually grants more than $1.5 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.

Updated on August 16, 2016.