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Worthy of Note: Honors, awards, appointments, etc.

C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D., the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professor of Surgery, received the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award from the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at Indiana University. He was honored for his "bold" and "courageous" efforts to prevent AIDS during his tenure as surgeon general in the 1980s. He was only the second recipient of the award, which was presented to him by Jeanne White Ginder, mother of the late Ryan White, an Indiana teen who was a nationally known AIDS awareness advocate.

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., president of Dartmouth College, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a center for independent policy research and one of the world's most prestigious honorary societies. Fellows are leaders in the sciences, humanities and arts, business, public affairs, and nonprofit sectors.

James Wright, Ph.D., president emeritus of Dartmouth College, received the New England Board of Higher Education's Eleanor M. McMahon Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award goes to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity.

Gerald O'Connor, Ph.D., Sc.D., a professor of medicine, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council. O'Connor was recognized for his accomplishments as research director of the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group, a consortium of clinicians and administrators.

Richard Freeman, M.D., chair of surgery, was named the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery. He came to DMS in January from Tufts, where he was vice chair of surgery and director of surgical research. The Allyn Chair was endowed in 1984 by William G. Allyn in honor of his father—the founder of Welch Allyn, a manufacturer of medical equipment—and mother.

Robert Cotes, M.D., a resident in psychiatry, received a Promising New Investigators Travel Scholarship Award from the Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Information Service, in recognition of a paper analyzing the medical literature on antipsychotic polypharmacy in the chronically mentally ill.

Meredith Sorensen, M.D., a resident in surgery, won a second-place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists' northeast chapter for a collection of essays titled "Medicine: As Seen on TV." (And see the article "What Matters" in this issue for more of Sorensen's writing).

Joel Lefferts, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in molecular pathology, received a Young Investigator Award from the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology.

Brian Guercio, an M.D. student, received a fellowship from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to support a project in Thailand.

Martin Vakili, an M.D. student, was selected for the Betty Ford Center's Summer Institute.

Michael Erkkinen, an M.D. student, was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute/National Institutes of Health Research Scholar.

Alexander Kotlyar, an M.D. student, was named a Medical Student Summer Research Fellow by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Nicholas Do, an M.D. student, received a Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship from Alpha Omega Alpha.

Maria Hindt, a Ph.D. student in molecular and cellular biology, received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Linda Arsenault, M.S.N., a clinical nurse specialist, received an Excellence in Clinical Practice Award from the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses.

Dartmouth Medical School was once again ranked among the nation's top medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine surveyed 146 schools and placed DMS 34th on a scale emphasizing research and 39th on a scale emphasizing the number of graduates who go into primary care. DMS was the smallest school to be included on the top-50 research list.


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