Eastern Award Winners

Pictured Left to Right: Rosemarie Cannarella Lorenzetti, MD – Associate Dean of Student Services, Brian Grisez, R. Wayde Gilmore, Casey McRoy, Dr. Tiffany Minehart, Dr. Madison Humerick, Dr. Jenna Sizemore, Rebecca Furby, and Dr. Konrad C. Nau, MD – Dean, Eastern Division. Photo by Elizabeth Ferrari

On Friday, May 9, the West Virginia University School of Medicine celebrated its best and brightest with an awards ceremony in Morgantown. The winners included several third and fourth year medical students from Eastern Division regional campus in Martinsburg.

The Patricia Fedeles Award for compassion in physical diagnosis was presented to Rebecca Furby, a second year medical student, who will begin her third year at the Eastern Division campus in July.

Three third year medical students received awards at the ceremony. Brian Grisez won the Michael L. Friedland award for outstanding achievement in the integrated curriculum and best principles of self-directed learning. R. Wayde Gilmore won the Community Health Outreach Award for demonstrating leadership for a community health promotion in the Eastern Panhandle. Casey McRoy, was presented with the C. H. Mitch Jacques Leadership Award which recognizes a clinical student who is a leader among their peers and a provider of compassionate care.

Three fourth year medical students were also presented awards. Dr. Tiffany Minehart, was awarded the Richard W. Eller Anesthesiology Department award for demonstrating professionalism, academic achievement and outstanding clinical skills in the fourth year anesthesiology rotation. Dr. Madison Humerick was presented with the John E. Jones Academic Achievement award for consistently excellent performance by a fourth year medical student at the Eastern Campus. The D. Ewell Hendricks Surgery award was presented to Dr. Jenna Sizemore, for demonstrating outstanding achievements in surgical skills and a commitment to community service.

The WVU School of Medicine Eastern Division regional campus is located in Martinsburg and has been hosting third and fourth year medical students since 2003. WVU med students begin their schooling in Morgantown, but opt to finish their degree in the Eastern Panhandle, while completing rotations with community physicians and attending weekly lectures. This exposure to the Eastern Panhandle community becomes an invaluable recruiting tool, aiding in bringing newly trained physicians to the area to practice medicine upon completion of their residency.