Awards presented at the Dean's Convocation

Alpha Omega Alpha

Alpha Omega Alpha is a national medical honor society with student membership based upon scholarship, personal honesty and potential leadership.

Outstanding Student In Family Practice Award

A plaque and a stipend are provided by the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP) to a graduating senior entering family practice residency training. The recipient is selected by the TAFP.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Student Service Award

Presented by the Office of Student Affairs for The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, this award recognizes outstanding leadership and service as a member of the Student Government Association Executive Council.

Outstanding Community Service Award

An engraved plaque is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding service to the community and the medical profession while a student of medicine. The recipient is selected by the Medical Student Executive Council.

Distinguished Student Service Award

An engraved plaque is presented by the College of Medicine to a graduating senior for outstanding service to the student body and to the College of Medicine. The recipient is selected by the Medical Student Executive Council.

Anthony S. Ficalora Award

The individual selected to receive this award has shown unusual sensitivity to and respect for patients and who, by example and attitude, teaches others. The recipient is chosen by the Committee on Recognition and Awards.

Departmental Awards (Clerkships)

Each department presents an award to the graduating senior, respectively, who has shown outstanding abilities in that discipline.

  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • The Gerald L. Plitman Award in Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Surgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Charles C. Verstandig Award

An engraved plaque and a stipend are presented to a member of the graduating class of the College of Medicine who surmounts the greatest difficulty in obtaining a medical education. The recipient is selected by the graduating class.

Robert L. Summitt, M.D. Distinguished Student Achievement Award

The Committee on Recognition and Awards selects a graduating senior who has shown distinction in scholarship, leadership, service and character during his or her medical studies. An engraved plaque and a stipend are awarded by the College of Medicine.

Alpha Omega Alpha Distinguished Graduate Award

An engraved plaque is presented to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the Alpha Omega Alpha Council, will make the most significant contribution to the medical profession. The award is presented by The University of Tennessee College of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Alumni Achievement Award in Research

This award is presented to the graduating senior in recognition of outstanding achievement in biomedical research while a student in the College of Medicine. A plaque and a stipend are provided by the College of Medicine Alumni Association. The recipient is chosen by the Committee on Recognition and Awards with significant input from the Committee on Research.

Alumni Achievement Award in Clinical Medicine

An engraved plaque is presented to an outstanding graduating senior who has exemplified the highest ideals of the practice of medicine. The recipient has displayed the best qualities of personal honesty, character, compassion for patients, and dedication to the highest ethical and professional standards. A stipend is provided by the College of Medicine Alumni Association for the continued pursuit of excellence in medical arts and skills. The recipient is chosen by the Committee on Recognition and Awards.

With Highest Honors and with High Honors

The Committee on Recognition and Awards acknowledges the superior academic achievement of students by the designation of "With Highest Honors" (top 5%) and "With High Honors" (top 10%) on their transcripts.

Faculty Medal for Academic Achievement

This award is presented by the College of Medicine Faculty to the graduating senior who has the highest academic standing in the class.

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