June 5, 2022

School of Medicine Awards Ceremonies Honor Students, Staff, and Faculty

Author: UCR SOM Staff
June 5, 2022

The UC Riverside School of Medicine hosted a pair of award ceremonies as part of the annual end-of-year celebrations concluding the 2021-22 academic year.

On May 17, the school hosted the online School of Medicine Awards Ceremony, where a total of 23 awards were presented to students, staff, and faculty in a variety of categories.

Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Mark and Pam Rubin Dean of the School of Medicine Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H welcomed the awardees and their guests at the online ceremony. "It is such a pleasure to be with all of you this evening as we celebrate our outstanding faculty, staff and medical students for their contributions to medical education and for their academic achievements," she said. "This has been an extraordinary year for the medical school and we would not have achieved so much without each and every one of you."

On Wednesday, June 1, the Class of 2022 presented and received awards at the annual Graduation Dinner Awards Ceremony at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center, which was held in person for the first time since 2019.

A recording of the May 17 ceremony and a list of the award recipients is available below.  Photos from the graduation dinner and the list of award recipients can be found at the bottom of the page.


 

2022 School of Medicine Award Recipients

Outstanding Support to Careers in Medicine Mentor

Dr. Nathan McLaughlin
Associate Clinical Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine

Outstanding Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) Students

Joey Abadilla, Class of 2023

Aaron Fichtner, Class of 2024

Judy Pham, Class of 2025

Outstanding Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE) Faculty

Dr. Debbie Tran
Community Faculty member in Internal Medicine

Dr. Sandra Paniagua
Community Faculty member in Pediatrics

Dr. Tony Lee
Community Faculty in Family Medicine

Outstanding Practice Improvement Projects (PIP)

Mutahir Farhan, Class of 2022
“Use of TikTok as an Educational Tool for Type 1 Diabetes”

Marisol Garcia, Class of 2023
“Decrease Medication Errors and Improve Medication Compliancy through Medication Reconciliation Amongst Hispanic Patients”

Outstanding Pre-Clerkship Instructors

Dr. Chris Lytle
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, who was selected by the Class of 2024 and 2025

Dr. Nicholas DiPatrizio
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, who was selected by the Class of 2024 and 2025

Outstanding Doctoring Instructors

Dr. Rebeca Gavan
Assistant Clinical Professor Health Sciences, who was selected by the Class of 2025

Dr. Catherine Warner
Assistant Clinical Professor Health Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology who was selected by the Class of 2024

Outstanding Case-Based Learning Instructors

Lavinia Mitroi
Class of 2022 and was selected by the Class of 2025

Dr. Rosana Jhawar
Community-Based Clinical Faculty was selected by the Class of 2024

Outstanding Clinical Skills Instructors

Dr. Nathan McLaughlin
Associate Clinical Professor of Health Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine was selected by the Class of 2025

Dr. Rebeca Gavan
Assistant Clinical Professor Health Sciences, was selected by the class of 2024

Outstanding Standardized Patient

Ted Puffer

Outstanding Emergency Medicine Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Samuel Zidovetzki
Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences

Outstanding Family Medicine Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Indira Maryann Gowda
Assistant Clinical Professor

Outstanding Internal Medicine Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Robby Gulati
Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education

Outstanding OB/GYN Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Karin Jones
Community-based clinical faculty

Outstanding Pediatrics Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Jean Russell
Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences, Pediatrics

Outstanding Psychiatry Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Jami Woods
Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences,  Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Outstanding Surgery Clerkship Instructor

Dr. Ahmed Mahmoud
Community-Based Clinical Faculty

Outstanding Block and Clerkship Directors

Dr. Mallory Stuparich
Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences, Clerkship Director MS3 and MS4, and co-director MS1 Block 3

Outstanding Public Health Faculty

Dr. Ann Cheney
Associate Professor, Department of Social Medicine, Population and Public Health

Outstanding Clerkship Students

Priya Rajan, Class of 2023
Alvin Chan, Class of 2023

Outstanding Pre-Clerkship Staff

Michelle Mwazae
Medical Education Coordinator

Outstanding Clerkship Staff

Kathleen Witty
Clerkship Program Coordinator

Patty Walker
LACE Program Coordinator

Outstanding Student Affairs Staff

Alejandra Torres
Academic Specialist

Outstanding General Staff Member

Amanda Smith
Director of Medical Student Support and Wellness


Student Award Dinner 

Outstanding Student in Psychiatry

Margaret Yau

Outstanding Students in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sonul Gupta and Laurel Nelms

Outstanding Students in Pediatrics

Arpita Gupta

Outstanding Student in Family Medicine
John "Milo" Dover

Outstanding Student in Surgery
Maria Guerrero

Stewart and Elaine Shankel Award
Lavinia Mitroi

Thomas Haider Clinical Award of Excellence
Arpita Gupta

Dean’s Mission and Values Award
Maria Macias Lopez

Dean’s Social Justice Award

Daniel Gehlbach and Kishan Patel

Golden Apple Award

Presented to a faculty member for overall outstanding instruction.
Dr. Christian Lytle
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Golden Brain Award

Presented to a faculty member for being most knowledgeable in their field.
Dr. Iryna Ethell
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Golden Heart Award

Presented to a faculty member for being most concerned with our level of understanding and our well-being.
Dr. Zhenun Yang
Lecturer, School of Medicine Internal Medicine

Golden Lung Award

Presented to a faculty member for providing a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stale topic.
Dr. Rebeca Gavan
Assistant Clinical Professor Health Sciences and Academic Director of Standardized Patient Program, Director of Case-Based Learning, Y1 Doctoring, Co-Director of Y2 Clinical Skills

Neal L. Schiller Award for Excellence in Compassionate Medical Education

Presented to a faculty member who the class feel has equipped them with valuable knowledge, mentorship, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Dr. Lucas Friedman
Ultrasound Thread Director

Alumni Recognition Award for Excellence in Training

Presented to a faculty member who best exemplifies the qualities of a highly knowledgeable, caring and dedicated teacher who has made a profound positive impact upon the class.
Dr. Adwoa Osei
Assistant Clinical Professor Health Sciences School of Medicine Pediatrics 
Dr. Remus Popa
Clinical Professor Health Sciences School of Medicine Internal Medicine