AOA honor society inducts new members

The School of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society welcomed nine new members during an induction ceremony and banquet on April 27 at the UMKC Student Center that included a talk by keynote speaker Jonathan Metzl, M.D., Ph.D., ’90.

This year’s junior AOA inductees included Margaret Wessling, MS 5, Heather Walters, MS 5, Benjamin Wiele, MS 5, and Mani Javvaji, MS 5. The senior AOA inductees were Roxana Fu, MS 6, and Srijita Mukherjee, MS 6. Elizabeth Simpson, M.D., ’82, and Catherine Dent Krawczeski, M.D., ’91, were alumni inductees, and Dushyant Singh, M.D., was the resident/fellow inductee.

Metzl, an associate professor of psychiatry and women’s studies at the University of Michigan and serves as director of the Program in Culture, Health and Medicine, also gave the noon conference at the School of Medicine on April 28.

He currently works as a senior attending physician in the adult psychiatric clinics, and teaches courses in the areas of history of psychiatry, gender, and health at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has written two books, Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs, and The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease and has numerous journal articles.

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