Awards

Commencement awards recognize members of the graduating class as well as faculty and staff. Below are descriptions of the awards bestowed by both the School of Medicine and the School of Health Professions. The majority of awards given by the School of Medicine will be recognized at the MD Student Awards Ceremony. Awards given by the School of Health Professions will be presented at various ceremonies based on the program or department. Nominations began in early February.

The School of Medicine Awards

The Abraham Jacobi Award is presented annually by EVMS Pediatrics to a graduating medical student who demonstrates a genuine commitment to pediatrics and academic excellence, and who exhibits compassion, honesty, and a sincere dedication to the care of children.

The Award for Excellence in Addiction Medicine is presented annually by EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to a member of the graduating medical class who has shown outstanding achievement and interest in the field of addiction medicine.

The Award for Excellence in Neuroscience is presented annually by EVMS Pathology and Anatomy to a member of the graduating medical class who has shown outstanding achievement and interest in the field of neuroscience.

The Award for Excellence in Psychiatry is presented annually by EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to a member of the graduating medical class who has demonstrated exemplary performance in the study of psychiatry.

The Desmond R.H. Gourley Award for Excellence in Pharmacology is presented annually by EVMS Physiological Sciences to a graduating medical student to recognize excellence in the understanding and appreciation of the pharmacological principles of therapeutics.

The Edward Levy Award is given annually by EVMS Internal Medicine to a graduating student in recognition of excellence in internal medicine.

The Evelyn Lin, MD Memorial Award is presented annually by EVMS Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to a graduating medical student for outstanding achievement in physical medicine and rehabilitation. The award was established as a memorial to Dr. Lin, who received her medical degree from EVMS in 1995.

The EVMS Alumni Association MD Student Service Award is given annually to the graduating medical student who demonstrates academic achievement as well as outstanding service to the class and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The EVMS School of Medicine Award for Community Service is presented annually by the Student Government Association and recognizes a graduating medical student who demonstrates personal commitment to community service through his or her volunteer participation in EVMS outreach or other initiatives in Hampton Roads and beyond. The recipient of this award will have made a significant contribution to benefit the community, organization or peoples which they served.

The Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award is presented annually by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine to a graduating medical student for outstanding achievement in emergency medicine.

The Gary L. Pittenger and David E. Scott Award for Excellence in the Anatomical Sciences is presented annually to a graduating medical student to recognize their academic excellence in the anatomical sciences in memory of Gary L. Pittenger and David E. Scott. Drs. Gary L. Pittenger, PhD and David E. Scott, PhD were members of EVMS Pathology and Anatomy who devoted their professional lives to scholarship in the anatomical sciences.

The James F. Lind, Sr., MD Award is given annually by EVMS Surgery to the graduating medical student who demonstrates an outstanding knowledge of surgical principles and commitment to excellence in attaining the standards of academic surgery, and who exemplifies the qualities of a self-directed and lifelong learner.

The John Franklin Award is presented each year by EVMS Internal Medicine to a graduating medical student for demonstrated excellence in internal medicine.

The Lloyd Damsey, MD Memorial Award is given annually by EVMS Family and Community Medicine to the graduating medical student who best demonstrates a commitment to the ideals of family and community medicine, overall academic excellence, outstanding service to the school and community, and innovative research activities.

The Mason C. Andrews Citizen Scholar Award is presented annually by EVMS Obstetrics and Gynecology to the medical student who demonstrates excellence in both academic achievements and community service, humbly working behind the scenes to make our environment a better place in which to work and live, thereby emulating the vision and spirit of Dr. Mason C. Andrews.

The Medical Student Obstetrics and Gynecology Performance Award is presented annually to a graduating medical student in recognition of exemplary performance in obstetrics and gynecology.

The Melissa Warfield, MD Humanism in Medicine Award is presented annually to a fourth-year medical student who exemplifies the qualities of Dr. Melissa Warfield: a caring and compassionate role model and leader who embodies service through his or her actions in peer teaching, peer guidance, community service, and patient-centered medicine.

The Military Medicine Award is presented annually by EVMS Academic Affairs to the graduating military medical student who has exemplified the highest degree of integrity, professionalism, and selfless service throughout their four years at Eastern Virginia Medical School. This student’s dual commitment to outstanding performance in doctoring and their military duties demonstrates great promise as they transition from EVMS student to United States Military Officer.

The Robert Campe Goodman and Augusta S. Goodman Award is presented annually by EVMS Academic Affairs to a graduating medical student on the basis of both academic excellence and unselfish concern for others.

The Robert J. Faulconer Gold Medal is awarded annually by EVMS Pathology and Anatomy to the graduating medical student who has demonstrated superior achievement in pathology.

The Sigfred Award is presented to the graduating student who has demonstrated superior knowledge, skills and capacity for learning in Diagnostic Radiology and who shows great enthusiasm for the discipline.

The Sir William Osler Awards are given each year to an intern, a resident, an attending physician, a basic scientist and a faculty preceptor by the graduating medical students in recognition of excellence in teaching:

Outstanding Basic Scientist
Outstanding Intern
Outstanding Physician
Outstanding Resident
Outstanding Faculty Preceptor

The Student Government Association MD Leadership Award is awarded to a medical student who has demonstrated significant achievement in leadership.

The Timothy J. Bos Memorial Award in Medical Microbiology and Immunology annually recognizes the graduating medical student who, as a second-year student, demonstrated the highest scholastic achievement in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. The award was established in memory of a faculty member in EVMS Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology who greatly inspired his students to gain an appreciation for the pathogenic mechanisms of microbial diseases.


The School of Health Professions Awards

The David E. Scott, PhD Award honors Dr. David E. Scott, from the department of Pathology, who as a non-Physician Assistant provided instruction and support to the program since its inception in 1999. It is awarded annually by the Master of Physician Assistant Program in Dr. Scott’s memory to a non-Physician Assistant who has had an enduring impact on the growth, maturation and ongoing excellence of the PA program.

The Eugene Stead, Jr., MD Award honors the founder of the Physician Assistant profession, who started the first Physician Assistant program at Duke University in 1965. It is awarded to the graduating Physician Assistant student who best exemplifies the profession’s ideals of courage, humility and wisdom when applying technical skills, scientific knowledge and human understanding to the care of the suffering.

The EVMS Alumni Association HP Student Service Award is awarded annually to the graduating health professions student who demonstrates academic achievement as well as outstanding service to the class and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

The EVMS School of Health Professions Award for Community Service is presented annually by the Student Government Association and recognizes a graduating medical student who demonstrates personal commitment to community service through his or her volunteer participation in EVMS outreach or other initiatives in Hampton Roads and beyond. The recipient of this award will have made a significant contribution to benefit the community, organization or peoples which they served.

The Georgeanna Seegar Jones, MD Award for Academic Achievement is given annually to an outstanding graduating student from the Clinical Embryology and Andrology Master’s Program in recognition of academic excellence.

The PAragon Award is presented annually to a graduating Physician Assistant student who best excels in supervised clinical practice by increasing his or her knowledge base, clinical skills, competency and medical artistry.

The Paul J. Fink, MD Outstanding Art Therapist Award is awarded annually to a member of the graduating Art Therapy and Counseling class for academic, clinical and research excellence.

The Physician Assistant Preceptor of the Year Award is selected by the graduating Physician Assistant class. This individual is selected for excellence in clinical teaching and mentoring.

The Student Government Association HP Leadership Award is awarded annually to a health professions student who has demonstrated significant achievement in leadership.

The Virginia Association of Surgical Assistants Award is presented annually to a member of the graduating Masters in Surgical Assisting class for excellence in academic and clinical training.