Annual Student Awards and Faculty Recognition

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.


Commendations

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.

  • Quality Improvement with Commendation
    Michael Behun
    Michael Behun
    Class of 2018
    Serena Chen
    Serena Chen
    Class of 2018
    Amy Chonghasawat
    Amy Chonghasawat
    Class of 2018
    Satya Dalavayi
    Satya Dalavayi
    Class of 2018
  • Research with Commendation
    Nicole Baker
    Nicole Baker
    Class of 2018
    Michael Behun
    Michael Behun
    Class of 2018
    Heather Chen
    Heather Chen
    Class of 2018
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Class of 2018
    Grant Finlayson
    Grant Finlayson
    Class of 2018
    Nicole Foley
    Nicole Foley
    Class of 2018
    Timothy Truong
    Timothy Truong
    Class of 2018
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Timothy Wysozan
    Timothy Wysozan
    Class of 2018
    Eleanor Yu
    Eleanor Yu
    Class of 2018

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.

CLEAR Awards

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.

    McKenzie Akers
    McKenzie Akers
    Class of 2018
    Michael Behun
    Michael Behun
    Class of 2018
    Nicole Foley
    Nicole Foley
    Class of 2018
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Timothy Wysozan
    Timothy Wysozan
    Class of 2018
    Samuel Yost
    Samuel Yost
    Class of 2018
  • 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.

    McKenzie Akers
    McKenzie Akers
    Class of 2018
    Kevin Cates
    Kevin Cates
    Class of 2018
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Jacqueline Dauch
    Class of 2018
    Tyler Harris
    Tyler Harris
    Class of 2018
    Ana Villalobos
    Ana Villalobos Acosta
    Class of 2018
    Samuel Yost
    Samuel Yost
    Class of 2018

Scholarship Recipients

Faculty Awards

Prior to commencement, each graduating class presents awards to outstanding medical school faculty.