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2018 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.

Eight applicants received $2000 awards to support their work. The recipients of the 2018 awards are:

Clinton Enos, MD, MS
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Project category: Research
Investigating Geographic Trends in the Choice of Systemic Therapies for the Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Psoriasis
Abby Van Voorhees, MD, mentor

David Hermel, MD
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Project category: Research
The Role of the CSCL1/CXCR2 Signaling Pathway in Breast Cancer Dissemination
Amir Goldkorn, MD, mentor
Ed Crandall, PhD, MD, mentor

Burles “Rusty” Johnson, MD, PhD (AΩA, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, 2014, Resident)
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Targeting Indoleamine 2, 3 Dioxygenase to Improve Anti-tumor Immunity
Linda Smith-Resar, MD, mentor

Kimberly Kopecky, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Interactive Communication Curriculum for Surgical Residents
Marc Melcher, MD, PhD, mentor

Edmund Lee, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Project category: Research
A Competency-based Accelerated Intern Preparatory Curriculum for Incoming Surgical Residents
James Lau, MD, mentor

Christine Moore, DO (AΩA, James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University, 2018, Resident)
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Project category: Research
Development of Metformin and y-tocotrienol for Prostate Cancer Prevention
Koyamangalath Krishnan, MD, mentor

Mikhaylo Szczupak, MD (AΩA, University of Miami, 2015)
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Fluorescein-Guided Detection of the Tumor-Nerve Interface in a Xenograft Model of Vestibular Schwannoma
Christine Dinh, MD, mentor

Jesse Xie, MD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Project category: Research
Validation of Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry and Phase Angle from Bioelectrical Impedance as Reliable Markers for Sarcopenia in Liver Transplant Candidates
Andres Duarte-Rojo, 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 4,000 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 September 20, 2018.