Each year, as they prepare for commencement and the next step in residency training, the medical school officially welcomes our fourth-year students as WMed alumni and honors the top students from the graduating class during the annual Awards and Alumni Banquet. Faculty are also recognized during the event and honored with awards that are chosen by the students.
The Awards and Alumni Banquet for the 48 students in the inaugural Class of 2018 was held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the CityScape Events Center in downtown Kalamazoo. During the event, students and their family and friends were treated to a song – “WesternMichiganUniversityHomerStrykerM.D.SchoolofMedicine,” – penned by then-M4s Jeff Johnson and John Livingstone.
The song offered a hilarious take on the ups and downs, and the joys and perils, of medical school.
To graduate, students must successfully demonstrate skills in scholarship, quality improvement, active citizenship in community health, and teaching through work that is integrated as part of the medical school curriculum. Students who choose to pursue additional, optional activities in these four areas are awarded recognition of achieving these skills with commendation.
Outstanding Student Awards
Annually, each academic department at the medical school selects one or more outstanding students from the graduating class to be awarded on behalf of the department faculty.
- Department of Anesthesiology
- Department of Emergency Medicine
- Department of Family and Community Medicine
- Department of Medicine
- Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Department of Pathology
- Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
- Department of Psychiatry
- Department of Radiology
- Department of Surgery
Students in each graduating class slect one peer who exemplifies excellence in each area of the medical school's CLEAR mission: Clinician, Leader, Educator, Advocate, and Researcher.
Honor Society Inductees
- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
The Michigan Epsilon chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at WMed recognizes students who have shown dedication to academia, peer teaching, leadership, humanism, and service. Students become eligible for this honor in their third year, and are selected by faculty who are members of the society.
- Upjohn Humanism Honor Society
We believe int he importance of developing humanistic future physicians who are dedicated to compassionate, respectful, and empathetic patient care. Students who have exhibited these characteristics while in medical school are inducted into the Upjohn Humanism Honor Society. Students are nominated for this honor in their third year by their peers.
- Dean’s Endowed Scholarship
- Peter H. Capelli Endowed Scholarship
- James R. Ryan Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Prior to commencement, each graduating class presents awards to outstanding medical school faculty.