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AOA Membership Carries Pride, Prestige

The Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society inducted 28 medical students, three residents, two faculty members, and two alumni from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine on Thursday, March 14.

Fourth-year medical students elected include: Isaac Josh Abecassis, Leah Ansell, Brian Arnold, Hans Arora, Renee Banakis, Anthony Esparaz, Kimberly Everett, Candace Gragnani, Andrew Harris, Michael Heller, Jennifer Hoffmann, Jordan Kenik, David Magill, Christine O’Conor, Christopher Oustwani, Taylor Reif, Mariel Rosati , Adam Sangeorzan, Senthil Selvaraj, Laura Sestokas, Maya Srikanth, Joelle Straehla, Andrew Ming-Wei Su, Michael Taddonio, Ronak Vashi, and Sarah Ward.

Three chief residents, Rachel Issaka, MD, and E. Allison Lyons, MD, both in internal medicine, and Christopher Richards, MD, in emergency medicine, were welcomed into the society and honored for ongoing leadership.

Two faculty members, Murad Alam, MD, professor in dermatology, otolaryngology, and surgery-organ transplantation, and Joseph T. Bass, MD, PhD, chief of medicine-endocrinology, were also inducted, along with alumni Irwin Benuck, MD ’79, PhD, GME ’82, professor in pediatrics-community based primary care and Phillip E. Roemer, MD ’92, GME ’95, assistant professor in general internal medicine and geriatrics.

Sarah Plumridge

Feinberg Dean Eric Neilson (back row, third from left) poses with the 2013 AOA inductees.

Expanded Collaboration with RIC

A new agreement between the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) opens the door to closer collaboration across clinical, research, and academic endeavors to advance the fields of physical therapy, physical medicine, and rehabilitation.

For RIC patients, the joint commitment will result in even more leading-edge research being translated into evidence-based clinical care.

Researchers at PTHMS and RIC will have greater access to clinicians, de-identified data, and potential trial participants, allowing them to better pursue investigative questions and develop innovative science-based devices, technologies, and treatments.

“RIC’s legacy as a thought leader in physical medicine and rehabilitation results from bringing the finest minds in science and patient care together,” said Joanne Smith, MD, RIC president and CEO. “Northwestern’s faculty members in PT and human movement sciences are critical partners as we push the envelope on what’s possible for the most complex and debilitating injuries and diseases worldwide.”

On the education front, PTHMS will have access to generate practice opportunities for faculty, increase continuing education sites for PT students, and develop specialty residencies with RIC in physical therapy.

Partnerships like this continue to advance our standing as an exceptional institution, one where academic excellence and intellectual diversity augment the future of medicine,” said Eric G. Neilson, MD, Feinberg’s vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. “By expanding access for our students, and by extending to clinical and research endeavors, this agreement ensures our efforts to advance the fields of physical therapy, physical medicine, and rehabilitation for many years to come.”

Roger Anderson

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Accepted Students Revisit Feinberg

Nearly 200 prospective medical students had the chance to discover what makes Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine unique before making their final decisions about where to attend medical school during the annual Second Look event April 11 and 12.

Attendees participated in small group sessions and panel discussions outlining Feinberg’s new curriculum, joint degree programs, student life, and diversity, as well as opportunities for global health and student research.

Tours of the Simulation Technology and Immersive Learning center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, showcased the many Chicago campus offerings.

“I loved the presentations about student life,” said Leslie Okorji, a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas. “Hearing them talk made me see the day-to-day picture of what goes on in the life of a medical student at Feinberg.”

Sarah Plumridge

Prospective students took tours of campus and learned about the new curriculum, dual-degree options, and student life during the two-day Second Look event.