Awards


Awards are presented annually to graduating fourth-year medical students and faculty at the Dean's Reception in May. The awards are also acknowledged in the Commencement Program.

 


Alumni Association's 4th Year Medical Student Award

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

James A. Bush Memorial Research Award

Cameron C. Lewis, M.D. Compassion in Medicine Award

Outstanding Pre-Clinical Faculty Award

Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award

Outstanding Clinical Staff Award

The Dr. Clark Lowe Rich Distinguished Surgeon and Mentor Award

Dean's Award

Outstanding Dean's Office Staff Award

Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize for the Outstanding Woman Student in the Health Sciences

Florence M. Strong Award

The Gold-Headed Cane Award

The Leonard W. Jarcho, M.D., Distinguished Teaching Award

James L. Parkin, M.D., Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching

Outstanding Resident Award

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Paul Wintrobe Memorial Award

The Dr. Jan Ido Terpstra Memorial Award

 


Alumni Association's 4th Year Medical Student Award

The School of Medicine Alumni Association 4th Year Award is presented to a graduating fourth year medical student who has, in the opinion of his/her classmates, professors and the community demonstrated the combination of academic achievement, leadership ability, and community involvement that will make an exemplary physician.

Sponsor: UUSOM Alumni Association

Recipient: MS4 (4th year medical student)

Deadline: Feb. 24th

Nominated by: Alumni Association

Contact: Jacqui.voland@utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $1,000       

       

2015 Recipient: Dr. Sarah Ahmad

                  with Dr. Hull

Nomination Process: Please follow the online directions and provide supporting documentation from the nominee, a faculty member, professor, administrator and/or member of the medical community for a total of 3 letters of recommendation by the annual deadline. Contact Jacqui Voland 801-581-8591 for additional information.


 

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

This award is sponsored annually by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, and administered through the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) and the American Association of Medical Colleges. It honors a faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in teaching and advising of medical students. Such physician possesses the desirable personal qualities necessary in the practice of patient-centered medicine by teaching ethics, empathy and service by example. The recipient is selected by the medical student body based on specific defining characteristics of humanism in medical education, including: positive mentoring skills, compassion, collaboration, community service activity, and modeling of professional ethics.

Sponsor: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: Jan. 22nd

Nominated by: OSR Reps.

Contact: maximilian.padilla@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Crystal Award & $5,000

2015 Recipient: Dr. Ty Dickerson, M.D., M.P.H.

Nomination Process: Submit a one- to two-paragraph summary supporting your nomination of a faculty physician.  The Organization of Student Representatives will select the recipient based on the nominee’s CV and an interview, and forward their nomination to the AAMC.

List of previous winners (I want this to be a .pdf link)


 

James A. Bush Memorial Research Award

This award is named in memory of Dr. James A. Bush, a fellow in internal medicine, dedicated to research, who was killed in an airplane accident in 1955 on his return from presenting a paper before the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The James A. Bush Memorial Research Award was established to encourage and acknowledge medical students with that same dedication, and honors medical student(s) who have made and presented the most original and thoughtful contribution to research. A major portion of the investigation must have been provided by the student(s) while enrolled in the School of Medicine. (Medical students with a Ph.D. or comparable degree are excluded as recipients of the award).

Sponsor: Frank H. Tyler

Recipient: MS2 (2nd year medical student)

Deadline: Feb. 24th

Nominated by: Research Dept.

Contact: janet.bassett@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $500

2015 Recipient: Dr. Timothy Michaelis

                with Dean Vivian Lee

Nomination Process: Student(s) submit a single-spaced, typed manuscript (no more than 8 pages) in .pdf format to janet.bassett@hsc.utah.edu.  The statement from the faculty sponsor documenting the research report submitted for consideration was predominantly the student(s)' effort without significant editing by the faculty sponsor should be submitted in the same format and to the same individual. The award will be made on the merits of the student(s)’ report of his/her works as judged by a committee of faculty.

 


Cameron C. Lewis, M.D. Compassion in Medicine Award

This award was established in memory for Dr. Cameron Lewis, who exemplified the ideal of compassionate medicine. In addition to residency as a Pathologist, Dr. Lewis was also the assistant director at the blood bank and participated in many outreach programs. Dr. Lewis was known by peers and friends as an incredibly caring physician before she tragically passed away during her second year in residency. Even through death, she managed to care for others, as she donated her heart in order for another to survive.

The recipient is a deserving senior medical student who has demonstrated a combination of community concern, and most importantly, exceptional compassion in medicine.

Sponsor: Marilyn Shupe and Family of Dr. Cameron C. Lewis

Recipient: MS4 (4th yr. medical student)

Deadline: Mar. 3rd

Nominated by: MS, then decided by Marilyn Shupe

Contact: alysha.romero@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $1,000 (per recipient)

2015 Recipients: Dr. Dustin Nash and

Dr. Kyle Patton, with Dean Vivian Lee

Nomination Process: Submit and 1-2 paragraph summary supporting your nomination of a MS4. The Dean’s Office then forwards a vetted list of the nominees to the award’s sponsor for selection.


Outstanding Pre-Clinical Faculty Award

This award honors a faculty member of the University of Utah School of Medicine who displayed exemplary commitment, dedication, and compassion when teaching medical students during pre-clinical years. Nominees achieve merit through excellence in academic activities and accomplishments.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS4s (4th yr. medical students)

Contact: rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque

2015 Recipient: David Morton, Ph.D.

              with Dr. Samuel Braden

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary, including specific examples of the nominee’s academic achievements that meet the award’s criteria.

 


Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award

This award honors a faculty member of the University of Utah School of Medicine who displayed exemplary commitment, dedication, and compassion when teaching medical students during clinical years. Nominees achieve merit through excellence in academic activities and accomplishments.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS4s (4th yr. medical students)

Contact: rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque

2015 Recipient: Dr. Ryoma Tanaka

            with Dr. Malcolm Stewart

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary, including specific examples of the nominee’s academic achievements that meet the award’s criteria.

 


Outstanding Clinical Staff Award

This award recognizes a member of a clinic’s staff with outstanding service to the University of Utah School of Medicine through dedication to students, colleagues and the medical profession.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS4s (4th yr. medical students)

Contact: rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque

2015 Recipient: Stacy Leventis

 

Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary, including specific examples of the nominee’s academic achievements that meet the award’s criteria.

 


The Dr. Clark Lowe Rich Distinguished Surgeon and Mentor Award

This award was established in the memory of Dr. Rich, co-founder and first president of the Ogden Surgical Medical Society, and Chief-of-Staff at Dee and St Benedicts Hospitals. He was a gifted diagnostician and surgeon, with unusual insight and a caring demeanor.

This award recognizes an outstanding surgeon and mentor who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the field of surgery, including teaching, advising and mentoring medical students, interns, residents or fellows at the University of Utah.  The recipient is a role model in the tradition established by Dr. Rich during his lifetime of service in surgery and patient care. 

Sponsor: Sally Rich Burbidge Cassity and Children

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: Feb. 24th 

Nominated by: MS, then decided by Marilyn Shupe

Contact: alysha.romero@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Glass plaque & $3,000

2015 Recipient: Dr. Daniel J. Vargo

Nomination Process: Medical students submit a 1 pg. nomination letter and faculty submit a nomination letter with 3 – 5 supporting letters of recommendation. Nominees submit their CV. The recipient is then selected by a faculty committee.

List of previous winners (I want this to be a .pdf link)

 


 

Dean's Award

The Dean's Award is presented annually to a senior medical student who has exhibited superior scholarship, dedication, keen interest in patients, and outstanding performance in clinical medicine.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: MS4s (4th yr. medical students)

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS (medical students)

Contact: 3rd yr. Clerkship Directors, rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $500

2015 Recipient: Dr. Dustin Nash

        with Dean Vivian Lee

 

Nomination Process: Contact Rholinda Lange (801) 581-3657 for details.

 


Outstanding Dean's Office Staff Award

This award recognizes a UUSOM Dean's Office staff member with outstanding service to the University of Utah School of Medicine through dedication to students, colleagues and the medical profession.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: Staff

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS4s (4th yr. medical students)

Contact: Sr. Class Presidents, rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque

2015 Recipient: Robert Rainey, Director

with Dr. Malcolm Stewart & Dr. Sam Braden

 

Nomination Process:  Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary, including specific examples of the nominee’s academic achievements that meet the award’s criteria.

 


Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize for Outstanding Woman Student in the Health Sciences

The Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize at the University of Utah was established in memory of Elizabeth (Libby) Gardner and is funded by her family and friends. Libby Fuhriman Gardner possessed a quiet inner strength and dignity, with uncommon grace and graciousness, and an exceptional ability to deal with the demanding realities of life while retaining a firm sense of self and family. Her family life was one of devotion to and partnership with her husband, David, and their four daughters. She brought consistent commitment and thoughtful, constructive influence to her public responsibilities. As our first lady of the University of Utah from 1973 to 1983, she became a strong advocate effective ambassador for the university, throughout Utah, the nation, and the world. Expressing her belief and confidence in education, young people and, especially, women students, she contributed significantly to the advancement of the university and its mission. Libby was a health sciences graduate in the field of dental hygiene, graduating from the University of California at San Francisco in 1958.

It is hoped that the annual Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize continues to honor Outstanding Women Students in the Health Sciences, whereby she will perpetually be remembered and respected for her love of this university, and all shall remember the good Libby has done here.

Sponsor: Family and friends of Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner

Recipient: Health Science Center Woman Student (non-SOM)

Deadline: Jan. 15th

Nominated by: Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

Contact: allison.godbe@hsc.utah.edu (801) 585-0846

Award: Inscribed vase, name on Perpetual Plaque & $1,000

2015 Recipient: Allyson Armstrong

Nomination Process: Complete the Nomination Packet, which includes a Nomination Form, a Letter of Nomination (1 page maximum), the Nominee’s resume, and a Personal Statement from the Nominee (1 page maximum). Submit the Nomination Packet electronically as a single document to allison.godbe@hsc.utah.edu in a .pdf or word format.  A committee of representatives from Dentistry, Health, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy will select the recipient.

The Selection Committee will consider attributes that reflect Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner's breadth of interest and dedication to excellence in both her personal and professional life. In particular, the Selection Committee will consider service to the community, service to the University, personal integrity, leadership skills, academic performance, and similar evidence of exceptional personal and professional promise.  

 


Florence M. Strong Award

This award was established by alumni to recognize and honor the contributions to the UUSOM of Florence M. Strong, a woman who was an administrative assistant to six deans of the medical school over a span of 25 years.  Florence retired in 1968, but many individuals in the local medical community – dating from the School of Medicine's first four year graduating Class of 1944 remember her fondly.

The award is presented annually to a senior medical student who has demonstrated superior scholastic performance, outstanding potential as a physician, and sincere understanding of and compassion for patients under his or her care.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: MS4 (4th yr. medical student)

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS (medical students)

Contact: 3rd yr. Clerkship Directors, rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $250

2015 Recipient: Dr. Kristen Lilja

           with Dean Vivian Lee

 

Nomination Process: Contact Rholinda Lange (801) 581-3657 for details.

 


The Gold-Headed Cane Award

The original gold-headed cane has been handed down from physician to physician as early as the 17th century; it was deposited in the early 19th century in the Royal College of Physicians. The cane represents the "appeal to be worthy to serve the suffering, so beautifully that the cane is rescued from obscurity to walk again, a symbol, the outward and visible sign of the attributes of mind and heart of the true physician." From the Foreword by William J. Kerr, M.D., to The Gold-Headed Cane by William MacMichael, M.D.

This award, a long-time tradition at many medical schools, is presented to the senior medical student who has shown exemplary interest in patient care. A replica of the early gold-headed cane has been designed and donated by the late Dr. Clifford C. Snyder, Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean, and is housed at the Eccles Health Sciences Library. The recipient's name is inscribed in gold on the Utah cane, and a medallion is given to the recipient.

Sponsor: Dr. Clifford C. Snyder

Recipient: MS4 (4th yr. medical student)

Deadline: Mar. 3rd

Nominated by: MS (medical students)

Contact: alysha.romero@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Medallion & name inscribed in gold on the UT cane

2015 Recipient: Dr. Adam Bracken

           with Dean Vivian Lee

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary supporting your nomination of a MS4. Students will be surveyed to identify a recipient.

 


The Leonard W. Jarcho, M.D., Distinguished Teaching Award

This award was established in memory of Dr. Leonard W. Jarcho, a founding father of the post-war School of Medicine at the University of Utah. In 1952, Dr. Jarcho joined the Department of Medicine faculty and later established the first Division of Neurology. When this Division became the separate Department of Neurology in 1965, Dr. Jarcho was its original chairman, a position he held until he became emeritus Professor of Neurology in 1986.

Dr. Jarcho regarded teaching as the faculty's most important responsibility. He continually earned awards from the School of Medicine for his outstanding teaching. Dr. Jarcho's teaching drew from his broad background in the humanities as well as the sciences, emphasizing a humanistic approach to patient care. The family and friends of Dr. Jarcho have established this award to annually recognize an outstanding medical educator at the School of Medicine who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in teaching and advising medical students, interns, residents or fellows. (Past recipients are not eligible for this award again).

Sponsor: Family and friends of Dr. Leonard W. Jarcho

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: Feb. 24th

Nominated by: Faculty, staff, MS (medical students)

Contact: william.shiflett@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $3,000

2015 Recipient: Dr. Amalia Cochran

           with Dean Vivian Lee

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 pg. letter describing your nominee’s contributions to medical student education and advising.  A committee of representatives from the Offices of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine will select the recipient.

List of previous winners (I want this to be a .pdf link)

 


James L. Parkin, M.D., Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching

This award is established in the name of James L. Parkin, M.D., who, during his career at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine, has made significant contribution to medicine and to higher education within the State of Utah. The University is most appreciative of Dr. Parkin’s efforts to constantly improve the quality of clinical care and of medical education.

The award honors one faculty member in a clinical department, selected by the graduating medical students, for outstanding clinical medical teaching.

Sponsor: Dr. James L. Parkin

Recipient: Faculty

Deadline: Mar. 3rd

Nominated by: MS4 (4th yr. medical students)

Contact: alysha.romero@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque & $2,000

2015 Recipient: Dr. Brian P. Good

           with Dean Vivian Lee

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary supporting your nomination of a faculty member.  Then, students will be surveyed to identify the recipient.

 


Outstanding Resident Award

The award honors a resident who displayed exemplary compassion, dedication, and commitment. This award recognizes a resident who has made outstanding contributions in instruction of medical students during clinical years.

Sponsor: UUSOM Senior Class

Recipient: Resident

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS4s (4th yr. medical students)

Contact: Sr. Class Presidents, rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Plaque

2015 Recipient: Dr. Erik Pearson

          

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary including specific examples of the nominee’s academic achievements that meet the award’s criteria.


 

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation) honors one graduating medical student and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine, specifically integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service. This award is intended to spur dialogue, debate and to promote the integration of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families, from scientifically excellent, as well as compassionate physicians. (Past recipients are not eligible for this award again).

Sponsor: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Recipient: MS4 (4th yr. medical student) & Faculty

Deadline: Mar. 3rd

Nominated by: MS (medical students)

Contact: alysha.romero@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Certificate & $1,000;Member of the National Gold Humanism Honor Society

                          

2015 Recipient: Dr. Karly Ann Pippitt

with Dean Vivian Lee

2015 Recipient: Dr. Jerica Johnson                        

             with Dean Vivian Lee

Nomination Process: Submit a 1 – 2 paragraph summary supporting your nomination of a faculty member and a MS4. Then, students will be surveyed to identify the recipient.

List of previous winners (I want this to be a .pdf link)

 


Paul Wintrobe Memorial Award

Dr. Maxwell M. Wintrobe, one of the world's foremost hematologists, was a distinguished professor of Internal Medicine and faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and was one of the School's founding fathers. He and his wife, Becky, came to Utah in 1943 when Dr. Wintrobe became the first chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. This award memorializes Paul, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Maxwell M. Wintrobe, who died in an automobile accident in 1952 at the age of eight. Dr. Wintrobe died December 9, 1986.

This award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior, based on an evaluation of his or her character, breadth of interest and culture, scholastic attainment, interest in research and promise for the future.  The award was first presented in the mid-50s and recipients have gone on to earning distinguished careers in diverse medical specialties.

Sponsor: Family and friends of Dr. Maxwell M. Wintrobe

Recipient: MS4s (4th yr. medical student)

Deadline: TBA

Nominated by: MS (medical students)

Contact: Sr. Class Presidents, rholinda.lange@hsc.utah.edu

Award: Certificate, Brass Plate & $2,000