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Medical School Awards & Honors
Honors (e.g., Pass with Distinction)
The award was established in 2002. Students participating in any of the Basic Science or Clinical Science teaching electives are eligible for the annual Medical Student Teaching Award. Awards are given each year to one or more students demonstrating excellence in attaining or surpassing the self-directed goals of the elective. Winners are selected by a committee of faculty and medical students.
The award was established by the Department of Pediatrics to honor Dr. Robert Blizzard, who served as chair from 1974 through 1987. The recipient is an individual who is committed to a career in Pediatrics and has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, particularly during the Pediatric clerkship.
The award is made in memory of C. Richard Bowman, 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The award is based upon performance during the clerkships and is awarded to the student who embodies the ideals and spirit of Dr. Bowman.
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.
The award was established in 1995 to recognize the contributions of Dr. Richard F. Edlich, Alumni Distinguished Professor, to Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia. The award is presented to a graduating medical student whose innovative research in Emergency Medicine has resulted in significant improvement in patient care.
This award is presented to the graduating student who achieved the highest grade in the second year course, Practice of Medicine-2 (2002-2011); (Introduction to Clinical Medicine, 1986-2001).
The award is made in the memory of Samuel M. Brooke, Class of 1994. The award recognizes scholastic excellence in Hematology (as of 2012, The Hematology System).
The award was created by alumni and faculty on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. James R. Cash, Walter Reed Professor of Pathology for 32 years. It is awarded annually for the best scholastic achievement in Pathology.
The award recognizes a student for their compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families.
The award is given in memory of Dr. Herbert R. Farber, a 1940 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. It is presented to a graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in Internal Medicine and in the fine arts or athletics.
The award is given in memory of Gratton Alexander Litz, III, a 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The award is based upon outstanding performance during the clerkship in Internal Medicine and recognizes an individual who has the ability to apply medical knowledge clinically and who demonstrates compassion for patients.
The award was established in 1972 to honor Dr. Eastwood, the first Chair of the University of Virginia Department of Anesthesiology. It is awarded to a fourth year student who demonstrates excellence in Anesthesiology.
The award is presented by the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association to a member of the graduating class who has contributed in unique ways to excellence in the School of Medicine and fostered new student programs and initiatives.
The award is given in recognition of exceptional leadership.
This book award is given in memory of Robert W. McGilvery, former chair of the Biochemistry Department. The award is given to the outstanding medical student in the Human Biochemistry course.
The award honors a fourth year medical student for exemplary research in Plastic Surgery, leading to improved quality and outcome of patient care.
The award is presented to two outstanding students in the second year course in Pharmacology. It honors both Professor Carlos Villar-Palasi, a faculty member in Pharmacology, and his wife, Amparo.
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 excellence of that School. Since 2008, the student body has voted on this award and considered excellence in extracurricular activities as well as well as academic -- the "best" student.
This award, established in 2002, is presented in honor of the former chair of the Department of Surgery, R. Scott Jones, M.D. The award is presented to a graduating student in recognition for their academic excellence in the surgical disciplines and their demonstrated humanity in patient care.
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 the basic medical sciences.
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) felt 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.
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.
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.
New awards created with the implementation of Cells-to-Society Curriculum (awards effective 2/2012):
Collaborative Learning Award is given to recognize and reward students identified by their peers at the end of their pre-clinical clerkship as being most helpful to others in problem solving, active listening, and cooperative learning. The award is sponsored by the Medical Alumni Association.
Jones Memorial Scholarship Award is endowed by
the School of Medicine Class of 2012 to honor the memory of their classmate
who died in a tragic caving accident
during his second year at UVA. The recipient is an individual who shares
John’s desire to serve the under-privileged members of our community
and embodies his core values -- kindness, compassion, and professional