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Medical School Awards and Honors (Convocation)

The Henry Adelman Memorial Award for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated excellence in clinical and academic performance, research accomplishments, and extracurricular work in the field of geriatrics over the four years of medical school.

Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Award is awarded to the woman who graduates first in her class, and the Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations to those female students who graduate in the top 10% of their class.

AAN Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology is awarded to a graduating medical student who exemplifies outstanding scientific achievement and clinical acumen in neurology or neuroscience, and outstanding personal qualities of integrity, compassion, and leadership.

The Sidney and Viola Borkon Memorial Prize is awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship performance upon completion of the pre-clinical curriculum.

The Frederick M. Brown, M.D. Award for Allergy and Immunology is awarded to the graduating medical student who shows the most proficiency and/or creativity in the field of allergy and immunology.

The Harry L. Bush, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Vascular Biology is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated critical investigation and significant achievement in any of the diverse disciplines encompassing vascular biology from the molecular level. A committee consisting of the Dean of Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Harry L. Bush, Jr., M.D. will select the recipient. The award will be based on the written submission of independent critical analysis of experimental, clinical, or published data in an area of vascular biology.

The David Clayson Prize for Creativity is awarded to the student completing the third year of medical school who has best demonstrated the ability to balance ongoing involvement in the creative process with the rigors of a medical education.

The Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Medicine is awarded to the student having the highest average in medicine through the junior year.

The Clarence C. Coryell Prize in Surgery is awarded to the student who attains the highest performance in surgery during the third year.

The Compassionate Physicians Award is awarded to a graduating student who has consistently demonstrated compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients while exhibiting the attributes of a scientifically excellent physician.

The Gustavo Cudkowicz Memorial Prize in Immunobiology is awarded by the Student Research Committee for outstanding research in immunobiology.

The Dean's Research Award is awarded to matriculated students in any class for excellence in clinical research work submitted as theses to the Student Research Committee.

The Oskar Diethelm Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry is awarded to the medical student who has demonstrated exceptional interest and ability in psychiatry through research, clinical activities, or scholarly work.

The David and Gladys Drusin Memorial Prize was established by their family and friends to recognize both scholastic achievement in medicine and those intangible human qualities associated with a good physician. Candidates for this prize are recommended at the conclusion of the third year.

The Endocrine Society Award is awarded to a graduating senior from each U.S. medical school who has shown special achievement and interest in the general field of endocrinology.

The Society of Academic Emergency Medicine's Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award is awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in Emergency Medicine.

The Yvette and Seymour Feil Prize in Medicine is awarded to a graduating student who will pursue a career in internal medicine, and will demonstrate the exceptional qualities of a gifted physician including compassion, caring, and the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

The Sarah O'Laughlin Foley Prize in Clinical Medicine is awarded to a member of the graduating class selected by the Chairman of the Department of Medicine for excellence in clinical medicine.

The Barbara Schmalzreidt Gast Memorial Fund for Rheumatoid Arthritis is awarded to a graduate or medical student involved in the area of rheumatoid arthritis.

The Good Physician Award is an engraved tray awarded to a member of the graduating class who, by vote of the class, best exemplifies the intangible qualities of "the Good Physician."

The Henry C. and Anne Hayworth First Honor Prize is awarded to the student who has exhibited outstanding scholastic performance upon completion of the first year of medical school.

The Hayworth-Gold Award for Excellence in Medical Professionalism recognizes up to two students annually for exemplary demonstration of knowledge, communication, technical skills, and clinical and ethical reasoning as reflected in daily practice during their third year. The awardee(s) will have completed their third year and will be chosen by members of the faculty familiar with the students.

The Charles L. Horn Prize is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and service to the medical community. 

The Herman L. Jacobius Prize in Pathology is awarded to the student of the third- or fourth-year class who, in the opinion of the Department of Pathology, mertis recognition for high scholastic attainment and outstanding performance in pathology.

The Richard N. Kohl Prize for Excellence in Psychiatry is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in psychiatry.

The George Ladas Prize for Efficiency in Gynecology is awarded to the senior medical student who has demonstrated the greatest proficiency in gynecology.

The Dr. Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Prize is awarded by the Student Reserach Committee for a thesis reporting original biomedical research; the prize is awarded to a medical student while a candidate solely for an M.D. degree.

The Jay Lawrence Award for Clinical Proficiency in Infectious Disease is awarded to a memebr of the graduating class who has demonstrated excellence in clinical infectious diseases.

The William J. Ledger Prize in Obstetrics and Gynecology is awarded annually to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College will join Dr. Ledger in determining who shall receive this prize.

The Elise Strang L'Esperance Prize in Public Service is awarded to the woman student in the graduating class who best reflects the attributes and values of Dr. L'Esperance, who served on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College for over forty years.

The Robert M. Lintz Prize for Efficiency in Rheumatic Disease is awarded to a member of the graduating class for achievement in rheumatic disease.

The Medical Society of the State of New York Program is awarded to a graduating student at each medical school in the state for outstanding community service, whether related or unrelated to the field of medicine.

The Medical Student Executive Council Award is awarded to a student who is held in high esteem by both students and faculty.

The George S. Meister Prize in Pediatrics is awarded to a member of the graduating class selected by the Department of Pediatrics.

The Alfred Mortiz Michaelis Prize in General Medicine is a prize for "general efficiency" in the Department of Medicine.

The Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D. Medical Student Award is awarded to a graduating student who intends to become a practicing surgeon and displays the qualities of humane, responsive, respectful, and personalized care exemplified by Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D.

The James A. Moore Scholarship is awarded to a student who excels in the field of otorhinolaryngology.

The Gustave J. Noback Memorial Fund for Advanced Study and Teaching in the Field of Anatomy was established by a second fund from Miss Berthe Manent to help meet the needs of young men and women entering the field. The recipient of this prize is selected by the Director of the Program in Gross Anatomy. 

The Gustave J. Noback Memorial Prize in Anatomy is awarded to a student who has performed outstanding work in the field of anatomy, chosen by the Director of the Program in Gross Anatomy.

The Edward Norton Prize in Ophthalmology is awarded to a graduating medical student who, in the judgment of the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, has most clearly demonstrated excellence in Ophthalmology or a genuine interest in a career in the field.

The Arthur Palmer Prize for Efficiency in Otorhinolaryngology is awarded to the student in the graduating class who has the best record in Otohinolaryngology.

The Joan Severino Parisi Prize in Internal Medicine is awarded to a graduating student, who in the judgment of the faculty, has demonstrated both a warm and caring relationship for patients and a high level of scholastic achievement in Internal Medicine.

The John Metcalf Polk Prizes are the highest scholastic honors a student can achieve at Weill Cornell Medical College. They are awarded to the three students who place in the top of the class for scholastic performance in all four years.

The Dean William Mecklenburg Polk Memorial Prize for Research was established in memory of William Mecklenberg Polk, M.D., I.L.D., first Dean of the Medical College, who served from 1898 until 1918.

The Moselle and Milton Pollack Prize in Medical Ethics is awarded to the medical student who has demonstrated exceptional interest and ability in the field of Medical Ethics.

The Ralph I. Poucher Prize for Proficiency in Obstetrics and Gynecology is awraded to a graduating woman for proficiency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The George G. Reader Prize in Public Health is awarded to the graduating student who, in the judgment of the Department's faculty, shows the most promise in the field of Public Health.

The Gustav Seeligmann Prize for Efficency in Obstetrics is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has achieved the best record in obstetrics.

The Sondra Lee Shaw Memorial Prize is awarded by the Student Research Committee to the student who has produced an outstanding research paper in the field of neurology, pharmacology, related to the nervous system, or behavioral science.

The Paul Sherlock Prize in Internal Medicine is awarded to the graduating student who is pursuing a career in Internal Medicine and who has demonstrated exceptional integrity and compassion in caring for patients, as exemplified by Dr. Sherlock.

The G. Thomas Shired II Prize in Surgery is awarded to a graduating medical student who exemplifies the qualities of an academic surgeon interested in patient care, science, and education.

The Mitchell Spivak Memorial Prize in Pediatrics is awarded to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the best record in pediatrics. 

The Faith Stewart-Gordon Prize for Excellence in Rehabilitation Medicine is awarded to the student who demonstrates a sincere interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and shows the most promise to excel in the field.

The T. Campbell Thompson Prize for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery is awarded to a member of the graduating class who has shown the greatest proficiency in orthopedic surgery.

The William C. Thro Memorial Prize is awarded to the student who achieves the best record in the pathophysiology course.

The Leonard P. Tow Humanism Award is awarded to a graduating student who demonstrates the highest standard of compassion and sensitivity when interacting with patients.

The Alan Von Poznak Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology was established in 1990 by the Department of Anesthesiology in recognition of Dr. Alan Von Poznak's contribution and dedication to the medical education of Weill Cornell Medical College students.

The E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr. Prize is awarded to a candidate interested in pursuing a career in urology who demonstrates exceptional promise.

The Alan von Kreuter Cancer Research Prize is awarded to a medical student for outstanding research in the basic mechanism of cancer and related diseases.

The Weiss Prize for Excellence in Clinical Medicine is awarded to a member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of a committee chaired by Dr. Klein and including the Chairman of the Department of Medicine, best exemplifies the qualities necessary for the attainment of outstanding bedside clinical competence in the field of internal medicine.

The Anthony Seth Werner, M.D., Memorial Prize is awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in the study of infectious diseases.

The Harold G. Wolff Research Prize is awarded to the medical student who has completed the most outstanding piece of original research in the neurological or behavioral sciences.

Teaching Awards

The Charles L. Bardes, M.D., Teaching Prize is awarded to a member of the faculty who, in the opinion of the prize committee, has been an outstanding teacher at the Weill Cornell Medical College, demonstrating leadership, dedication, and concern for the students.

Class of 1952 Resident Physician Prize is awarded, by vote of the graduating class, to a New York Hospital resident physician who has demonstrated excellence and dedication to the instruction of medical students.

The Richard A. Hermann, M.D., Teaching Award is awarded to an outstanding teacher in the third year, and is chosen by members of the third year class.

The Elliot Hochstein Teaching Award is awarded to a faculty member who best exemplifies these qualities by the vote of the graduating class.

The House Staff Teaching Award is awarded by the graduating class to the Weill Cornell-affiliated house officer who best demonstrates clinical excellence and dedication to teaching.

Graduate School Awards

Vincent Du Bigneaud Awards of Excellence

Vincent Du Vigneaud First Year Award

Vincent Du Vigneaud Second Year Award

Julian R. Rachele Prize

Physician Assistant Program Awards

Student Awards

Academic Excellent Pre-Clinical

Academic Excellence Clinical

Research Excellence Outstanding Performance Thesis Proposal and Defense Peer

Faculty Awards

Outstanding Pre-Clinical Instructor

Outstanding Clinical Instructor

Pi Alpha Honor Society

Student Membership

Faculty Membership

Alumni Membership

Honorary Membership

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