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2017 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.

Nine applicants received $2000 awards to support their work. The recipients of the 2017 awards are:

David H. Ballard, MD, MS (AΩA, Louisiana State University School of Medicine 2014)
Washington University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
3D Printing of Vitamin D Impregnated Catheters for Magnetic Resonance Guided Interventions: In Vitro Proof of Principle and Imaging Characteristics
Pamela Woodward, MD, mentor

Devang L Bhoiwala, MD
Albany Medical College
Project category: Research
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening with Non-Mydriatic Color Fundus Camera in the Primary Care Clinic
James T. Dalton, MD, mentor

Erin R. Cohen, MD (AΩA, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 2015)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Project category: Research
P16 and Human Papillomavirus in Sinonasal Malignancies
Zoukaa Sargi, MD MPH, mentor

Epameinondas Dogeas, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Project category: Research
Dissecting the Mechanisms of Anti-EGFR Therapy Resistance in Colorectal Cancer Through CRISPR/Cas9 Loss- and Gain-of-function Screens
Matthew Augustine, MD PhD, mentor

Clark DuMontier, MD (AΩA, Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, 2013)
Boston University Medical Center
Project category: Research
Using Health-Related Quality of Life to Predict 10-year Mortality in Older Breast Cancer Survivors
Rebecca Silliman, MD PhD, mentor

Kimberly Ku, MD
University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Project category: Research
Molecular Transformation of Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer as a Predictive Marker of Visceral Metastasis in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Patients
Joshua Lang, MD MS, mentor

Anh Khoa Pham, MD LMCC
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center / Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Project category: Research
Measurements of Oxygen and Response to Breathing 100% Oxygen in Cutaneous Tumors
Harold M. Swartz, MD MSPH PhD, mentor

Trung Pham, MD PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Dissecting Mechanisms of Granulomatous Responses in Chronic Bacterial Infection
Denise Monack, PhD, mentor

Gaurang Vaidya, MD (AΩA, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016)
University of Louisville, Kentucky
Project category: Research
Beta Blocker Use in LVADs is Associated with Lower proBNP and is not Associated with Heart Failure Hospitalizations or an Increase in Adverse Events
Dmitry Abramov, 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 132 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 12 of the 20 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 $1.75 million in programs and awards to impact medical students, residents, teachers, and community physicians.


Updated on March 21, 2018.