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Honors and Awards

Our medical students, residents and fellows regularly win national and university-level awards for their work, both clinical and academic.

Awards for Fellows

Laughlin Fellows are selected from an elite pool of applicants, from the United States and Canada, deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. The fellowship pays for recipients to attend the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) Annual Meeting.

2013
Zhanna Elberg, MD

This award supports residents and junior faculty who have an interest in beginning a career in child and adolescent mental health research. Recipients have the opportunity to submit a poster presentation on their research for AACAP’s annual meeting. The award also includes the cost of attending the meeting for five days.

2011
Maria Oliveira, MD
Project: Autonomic Dysregulation in Children with Somatization: A Pilot Study
Mentors: Beatrice L. Wood, PhD, and Bruce D. Miller, MD

2009
Ope Akinnusi, MD
Project: Physician Monitoring for Second-Generation Antipsychotic Related Metabolic Syndrome in Pediatric Patients: How are we doing and can we do better? A Pilot Study
Mentors: Bruce D. Miller, MD, and Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

2005
Beth Smith, MD
Project: Depressive Symptoms in Children with Cystic  Fibrosis and Parents: its Effects on Adherence to Airway Clearance
Mentor: Beatrice L. Wood, PhD

The American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training sponsors this award for the best unpublished paper on psychotherapy written by a resident.

2007
Jennifer Haak, MD
Paper: Personal Psychotherapy During Residency Training: A Pilot Survey of  Psychiatric Residents
Mentor: David L. Kaye, MD

Awards for Residents

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation’s Scholars Fund was developed to expose medical students and young physicians to the rewarding field of geriatric psychiatry in an effort to increase the number of medical professionals expertly trained to care for the growing older population.

2012
Karen Reimers, MD

To encourage outstanding health professionals to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research, the NIH offers a program to repay student loan debt for researchers who commit at least two years to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit organization or U.S. federal, state or local government entity.

2010
Jarod Masci, MD

The American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program, founded in 1980, supports professional development for residents who will play future leadership roles within public sector psychiatry.

2009
Peter Martin, MD

2011
Jarod Masci, MD

Department of Psychiatry Resident of the Year Award for Outstanding Service

2011
Michael DiGiacomo, MD
Jarod Masci, MD
Annemarie Mikowski, DO

2010
Michael Adragna, MD
Zhanna Elberg, MD

2009
Michael Adragna, MD
Peter Martin, MD

Department of Psychiatry PRITE Award

2009
Kamaljeet Boora, MBBS
Shiva Srinivasan, MBBS

Awards for Medical Students

The Dr. Gilbert M. Beck Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded to the senior with the highest academic average in psychiatry. Beck was the head of psychiatry at Buffalo General Hospital in the 1950s. After his death, Beck’s brother established this award in his honor.

2012
Kimberly Schwarz

2011
Mehak Sharma

2010
Evan Leibu

2009
Milana Mor

The Farny R. Wurlitzer Prize

The Wurlitzer family established this award to encourage interest in psychiatry. It is given to a graduating medical student for outstanding work in psychiatry.

2012
Liza Mishan

2011
Ryan Bochacki

2010
Allison Pinchasick

2009
Alan Hsu

The S. Mouchly Small Award

This award is given for excellence in clinical psychiatry. Small was professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry for almost 30 years, and he championed medical student education. His family created the award in celebration of his 80th birthday.

2012
Huma Attari
Sara Hansen

2011
Gina Matteson

2010
Tanya Azarani
Natasha Shetty

2009
Drew Bianchi

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