LMU-DCOM HONORS CLASS OF 2012 MEMBERS AT AWARDS CEREMONY
May 16, 2012 - The faculty and administration of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) handed out several awards to members of the graduating class at its awards day ceremony on May 11.
The Dean’s Award went to Melanie McClain of Memphis, Tenn. The Dean’s Award is presented to a member of the graduating class who displays a strong commitment to academic excellence, embodies empathy and compassion toward others, exemplifies personal integrity and professionalism and has earned the respect and trust of classmates and faculty. McClain also received the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) Spirit of Excellence Award. The award is presented annually to a graduating student who has achieved distinction among his or her peers through academic superiority, leadership qualities, community service and a commitment to serve the citizens of Tennessee. McClain was also a co-recipient of the Pediatrics Award, presented to an outstanding student entering the field of pediatrics. William Jeffrey Broome of Knoxville, Tenn., also received the Pediatrics Award.
The LMU-DCOM Service Award was presented to John Venditti of Houston, Texas, and Christopher Perry of Columbia, Tenn. The award is given to students who exemplify the mission statement of LMU-DCOM in the following areas: serving the health and wellness needs of the people within both the Appalachian region and beyond; focusing on enhanced access to comprehensive health care for underserved communities; and embracing compassionate, patient-centered care that values diversity, public service and leadership as an enduring commitment to professionalism and the highest ethical standards.
The Valedictorian Award, for the graduate deemed to be the highest academically ranked student in the class, was presented to Aaron Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn. The Salutatorian Award, for the graduate deemed to be the second highest academically ranked student in the class, was presented to Phillip Penny of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Nathan Hartgrove of Cleveland, Tenn., received the award for Outstanding Anatomy Student. The award is given to a student who performs in the top 5% of the class academically and exhibits enthusiasm for the subject matter.
Amin Shazly of Germantown, Tenn., was named the Outstanding Molecular Fundamentals of Medicine Student. The award is presented to the student having the highest combined average for the two Molecular Fundamentals of Medicine courses.
The Outstanding Osteopathic Principles and Practice Student award was given to Charles Adam Pearrow of Bald Knob, Ark. The award is presented to the student who best exemplifies the practical implementation of osteopathic manipulation into the practice of medicine.
Kyle Toti of Eureka, Mo., received the Family Medicine Award, presented to the student who best exemplifies what an osteopathic family physician should be. This individual has provided excellent care to a wide variety of patients with a multitude of clinical problems in a kind, concerned and professional manner, and has matched into a family practice residency.
The Internal Medicine Award went to Blake Spiegel of Dallas, Texas. The award honors one student who has shown uncommon interest and aptitude in the field of internal medicine.
The Scalpel Award for Excellence in Surgery went to Jennifer Ottino of Roseville, Calif. The award is presented to a graduating student pursuing a career in surgery and who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of patient care, academic excellence and technical prowess.
Amanda Stephens of Saline, Mich., received the Obstetrics/Gynecology Award, presented in recognition of the student who has displayed an outstanding commitment to assisting women achieve and maintain health and wellness.
Allison Schiller and Douglas Schiller, both of Raleigh, N.C., received the Emergency Medicine Award, presented to an outstanding student entering the field of emergency medicine.
The Preventive Medicine and Public Health Award went to Amanda Saunders of Raleigh, N.C. The award is presented to an outstanding student who has made significant contributions to public health and preventative medicine through leadership, vision, originality and innovation.
The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.
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Caption: Allison Schiller and Douglas Schiller, both of Raleigh, N.C., received the Emergency Medicine Award, which was presented by Dr. Michael Seaman (center), associate professor of emergency medicine/family medicine and simulation lab director.
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