Honors Night Focuses on Student Excellence
- By Edward J. Neuert
For the members of the Class of 2013 of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, who will receive their medical degrees next Sunday at Ira Allen Chapel, Tuesday’s Honor’s Night event represented another opportunity for the public recognition of student accomplishment.
This year’s Honors Night took place in the Emerald Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. Professor of Medicine Virginia Hood, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., presented the keynote address of the evening, titled “The Road Less Traveled…”
Twenty-two individual awards were given to class members who distinguished themselves academically and through service to patients and the community.
The newest award presented was the Mildred A. Reardon, M.D. Award for service to the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The winner of the inaugural Reardon Award was Mayo Fujii, a Vermont native who received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Middlebury College. Fujii has been a member of the Student Education Group at the College of Medicine for the past four years, during which she helped redesign the clerkship website for use by future classes. She also took an active role in the recent process of re-accreditation of the College by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), serving as the co-chair of the LCME Student Self Study. Fujii will begin her residency in General Surgery at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington later this summer.
Fujii received her award directly from Professor of Medicine Emerita Mildred A. “Mimi” Reardon, M.D. Reardon earned her M.D. from the College of Medicine in 1967, and has been a driving force in serving the health care needs of Vermonters for decades. In 1993 Dr. Reardon was named the College of Medicine’s first Associate Dean for Primary Care, a position she held for the next 13 years. She pioneered the formation of the statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program in 1996, and also was an important driver in the formation of the Vermont Program for Quality Health Care, the Freeman Medical Scholars Program at the College of Medicine, and the Premedical Enhancement Program at UVM . Reardon has been a loyal and active alumna of her medical alma mater, work that was recognized in 1999 with the UVM Medical Alumni Association’s highest honor, the A. Bradley Soule Award. In 1998, she was presented with a Mastership for the American College of Physicians, becoming at the time only the third Vermont physician so honored since the program’s inception in 1923. In 2006, the National Library of Medicine named Dr. Reardon a “Local Legend.”
Also during the Honors Night event, 18 members of the College’s Class of 2013 were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Students elected to this society, in the opinion of their classmates and the faculty of the College, have shown promise of becoming leaders in their profession.
Twenty members of the class were elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Students chosen for this society are recognized for their excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service.
Six awards were presented by vote of the class to honor faculty and staff members who contributed to the students’ medical education in significant ways. View the full list of honorees from the event.