Class of 2011 Graduation

136 Physicians Graduate from University of Virginia School of Medicine

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 23, 2011 – The University of Virginia School of Medicine granted Doctor of Medicine degrees to the 136 members of the Class of 2011 during graduation exercises on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The 65 women and 71 men represent the 182nd graduating class of physicians to receive their degrees from UVA. The Class of 2011 had 24 students elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and 26 students to the Humanism Honor Society.


“Many congratulations to the class of 2011,” said Steven T. DeKosky, MD, FAAN, FACP, dean and vice president of the School of Medicine. “Today’s healthcare landscape is very different from the one many of us entered. Electronic medical records, technological advances, changes in the way care is reimbursed, and an aging population with a variety of needs all point to a more challenging environment for today’s physicians. I am confident, however, that our emphasis on communicating with patients and their families will enable our physicians to succeed in their profession, and at the same time live a fulfilling and rich life in the service of others.”

The Class of 2011 will continue their medical training in medical residencies across 28 states and Washington, DC. The highest number of students, 25, will be training in pediatrics, followed by internal medicine with 20 trainees, anesthesiology with 12, emergency medicine with 11, radiology with 10, family practice with 9, and obstetrics and gynecology with 8. Sixteen of the newly minted physicians will continue their training at the University of Virginia Health System.

In addition to the awarding of degrees, the following student and teaching awards were presented during graduation ceremonies:

Student Awards:

C. Richard Bowman Scholarship Award: Anne Michelle Bowman

The award is made in memory of C. Richard Bowman, 1974 graduate of the UVA School of Medicine. The award is based upon performance during clerkships and is awarded to the student who embodies the ideals and spirit of Dr. Bowman.


Edgar J. Shannon Award of the Z Society: Paul David Hiles

The award is presented in honor of former University President Edgar F. Shannon, Jr., by the Z Society to a student who has contributed in an outstanding way to the academic and extracurricular excellence of their School.

Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award: Maureen Catherine Dale

The award is presented by the UVA Medical Alumni Association to members of the graduating class who contributed in unique ways to excellence in the School of Medicine and fostered new student programs and initiatives.

Class of 1954 Community Service Award: Deana Helen Hadley, Mark Alan Pittman

The award is sponsored by the graduating class of 1954 and is awarded to the graduating student who has done exemplary work in the community.

Leadership Award: Maureen Catherine Dale, Jonathan Allen Hemler

The award is given in recognition of exceptional leadership.

Teaching Awards:

Robert Bennett Bean Award: Barry T. Hinton, PhD

This award was established by the Class of 1966 in honor of Dr. Robert Bennett Bean, anatomist, anthropologist, and chair of the Department of Anatomy from 1916 to 1942. The award is presented by the second year class to a member of the faculty for excellence in teaching basic medical sciences.

Mulholland Society/Class of 1988 Departmental Teaching Award:

Department of Surgery

The award was established in 1988 by the Mulholland Society and the Class of 1988 to emphasize the importance of departmental attitudes, dedication and teamwork toward effective teaching. It is given to the department selected by the graduating class in recognition of superior teaching by the faculty and house staff.


James Ernest Kindred Award: Karim Sadik, MD

The award was established by the Class of 1966 to honor the former professor of anatomy. It is given to a member of the house staff (intern, resident, or fellow) determined by the graduating class to have displayed the greatest enthusiasm for teaching students while inspiring them through the common experience of uncertainty assuaged by ideas.

Robley Dunglison Award: Mark J. Mendelsohn, MD

The award was established by a gift from the Class of 1964 in honor of the first faculty member of the School of Medicine. It is given by the graduating class to a member of the faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching efforts and personal contributions toward arousing interests and inspiring the endeavors of students.


Awards and Honors:

  • Award for Excellence in the Practice of Medicine-2: Paul David Hiles
  • Robert M. Blizzard Pediatric Scholar Award: Laura Caitlin Page
  • Samuel Michael Brooke Memorial Award in Hematology: Lauren Kingsley Dunn, Paul David Hiles
  • Carlos and Amparo Villar-Palasi Prize in Pharmacology: Paul David Hiles
  • James R. Cash Pathology Book Award: Paul David Hiles
  • The Richard F. Edlich Medical Student Research Award in Emergency Medicine: Juliana Minak
  • Herbert R. Farber Award in Internal Medicine and the Arts or Athletics: Nicole Channon White
  • Humanism in Medicine Award: Anne Michelle Bowman
  • R. Scott Jones Award in Surgery: Joseph Derek Forrester
  • Gratton Alexander Litz III Award in Internal Medicine: William Tessin Derry
  • The McGilvery Memorial Book Award in Biochemistry: Paul David Hiles
  • Medical Student Teaching Award: Michael Alexander Gardiner
  • Larry S. Nichter Medical Student Research Award in Plastic Surgery: Kasandra Rae Hanna


Descriptions of awards and honors are available at Medical Student Handbook.


Media Contact:
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