Students celebrate grad week at Senior Banquet

Students celebrated graduation week during the annual Senior Banquet on May 20.
School of Medicine students celebrated graduation week during the annual Senior Banquet on May 20.

Graduating students from the School of Medicine Class of 2014 celebrated the end of a six-year journey and their accomplishments along the way at the traditional graduation week Senior Banquet on May 20 at Californos Restaurant.

Several docents and SOM staff joined the graduating class for the evening’s event.

Each member of the class received a “Senior Superlative,” i.e., a “most likely to . . .” award and a number of class members gave short, entertaining speaches that reflected on each of the six years of medical school at UMKC. Two members of the class, Craig Raphael and Thiran Udawatta, also produced a comical video on “5 Rules for Your Intern Year.”

During the celebration, 30 students were recognized with this year’s Senior Awards as chosen by School of Medicine faculty.

UMKC School of Medicine
2014 Senior Awards
  • Fizza Abbas | Merck Manual for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education
  • Hassan Ahmad | St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Basic Science Award
  • Adil Akthar | Marilyn McGuyre Tournament Scholarship; Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship; UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Medical Education
  • Hibba Aziz | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship; St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Basic Science Award
  • Devin Bass | St. Louis Friends of UMKC School of Medicine Award for Research
  • Michael Boin | Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship
  • Christopher Brett | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship; ACP Senior Student Book Award; Thomas R. Hamilton, M.D., Award for Excellence in Microbiology; Bette Hamilton, M.D., Memorial Award for Excellence in Immunology; Lee Langley Award
  • Michael Collard | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship; Western Missouri Friends of UMKC Harry S. Jonas, M.D., Award
  • Cameron Cunningham | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship
  • Yuan Feng | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship
  • Amanda Fischer | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship
  • Paul Joseph Guidos | Missouri State Medical Association Honors Graduates; Malhotra Family Scholarship for Academic and Clinical Excellence
  • Claire Hakan-Hickey | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation; Laura L. Backus, M.D., Award for Excellence in Pediatrics
  • Daniel Han | Calkins Memorial Scholarship; Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship
  • Raza Hasan | Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship; Missouri State Medical Association Honors Graduates
  • Atena Kamali | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation; UMKC School of Medicine Alumni Award Association Outstanding Senior Partner
  • Wai Lau | School of Medicine Dean’s Scholarship
  • Monica Mikkilineni | Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award
  • Sara Monfared | Calkins Memorial Scholarship; Missouri State Medical Association Honors Graduates
  • Mariam Nawas | Malhotra Family Scholarship for Academic and Clinical Excellence
  • Ruby Parikh | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Niharika Rath | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Pooja Reddy | Merck Manual for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education
  • Melanie Ruiz | Calkins Memorial Scholarship; Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship; James F. Stanford, M.D., Patient Advocate Scholarship
  • Anna Shah | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation
  • Hirak Shah | R. R. Hannas, M.D. Emergency Medicine Award
  • Vidhi Srivastava | E. Virginia Calkins Memorial Scholarship; Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship
  • Pooja Thimmappa | Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine
  • Thiran Udawatta | Calkins Memorial Scholarship, Louis & Elizabeth Nave Flarsheim Scholarship; Pat. D. Do, M.D., Matching Scholarship in Orthopaedics
  • Meng-Jun Xiong | Women in Medicine Scholarship Achievement Citation; Thomas R. Hamilton, M.D., Award for Excellence in Pathology