Loma Linda University School of Medicine’s Senior Awards Banquet is a time to reflect and honor graduating medical students. Award recipients were recognized for high achievement in academics, leadership and research.  Below are the 2022 award winners that were recognized on May 25, 2022.

Dean’s Awards

Academic Achievement - Sebastian de Armas 
Impact on the World Award - Simone DeShields
Leadership Award - Danielle Hamilton
Physician Scientist Award - Dong Kyu Shin
Recognition of Extraordinary Resilience – Katie Choi
Service to our School Award - Chloe Dominguez
Wholeness and Engagement Award – Hazel Ezeribe


President's Award

The President's Award, established in 1960, is presented annually in recognition of superior scholastic attainment and active participation in the student community, within the framework of Christian commitment. One recipient is selected from each school.

2022 Award Winner: Gabriel Martin


Alumni Association's Herber Award

The School of Medicine Alumni Association's Herber Award is given annually to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in furthering the mission of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Class of 2022 Award Winners: 
Samuel Bolivar, Kaitlyn Fung, Victoria Kim, Sebastian DeArmas, Shevel Da Costa, Jin Moon, Isaac Mitchell, Cameron Barruga, Hazel Ezeribe, Chloe Dominguez, Grace Gilman, Matthew Lopez and Aurriel Fenison.
 


Class of 1990 Heart of Service Award

Established and funded by the class of 1990, the Heart for Service Award is given to a senior medical student who exemplifies the character of Christ and demonstrates a commitment to service, either at home or abroad.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Danae Smart


Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award

The Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award recognizes a senior medical student who, during the clinical years, has demonstrated to their peers and colleagues a growing excellence in the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and relational care of their patients as part of the art of medical practice.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Danielle Hamilton

The Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award is presented to Danielle Hamilton who was selected by her Class of 2022 peers.


Department of Anesthesiology: Bernard D. Briggs Award

For nearly six decades, Bernard D. Briggs '(40) taught and mentored anesthesiology students and residents at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) and Loma Linda University School of Medicine. The Department of Anesthesiology, which he helped establish in 1957, is now recognized as a leading resident training center in the United States. The Bernard Briggs Award is presented by the department to an outstanding medical student entering the field of anesthesiology who exhibits the dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment of the visionary physician for whom it is named. 

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Kelia Cook


Department of Emergency Medicine: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award is offered to each medical school in the United States and Canada. It is awarded to the senior medical student who best exemplifies the qualities of an emergency medicine physician, as manifested by excellent clinical, interpersonal and manual skills, and a dedication to continued professional development leading to outstanding performance on emergency medicine rotations. 

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Olivia Paradis


Department of Emergency Medicine: 3AM Award

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Kimberly Park
 


Department of Family Medicine: Walter P. Ordelheide Award

Walter P. Ordelheide ('54) served as department chair from March 1, 1981 to October 30, 1989. As the founding father of the Department of Family Medicine, he was an exemplary leader and role model for students. He continues to emulate the true spirit of the healing physician through his work as a missionary. In keeping with the style of Dr. Ordelheide's practice in medicine, we have established this award of distinction. 

The Walter P. Ordelheide Award is given annually by the Department of Family Medicine to senior students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship and leadership, and who have fostered the promotion and advancement of family medicine.

Class of 2022 Award Winners:  Tori Severs and Bethany Palinka

   


Department of OB/GYN: Harold F. Ziprick Award

Harold F. Ziprick ('37) served as a professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Loma Linda University School of Medicine from 1963 to 1983, and as chair of the department from 1970 to 1979. This award, named in his memory, is in recognition of his dedication to superior medical education. Dr. Ziprick was a pioneer in establishing many of the training programs in gynecology and obstetrics, which continue to this day. 

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Melissa Aika Nishino
 


Department of Medicine: Daniel D. Comstock Award

The Daniel D. Comstock Award is presented annually to the senior student with the most distinguished performance in internal medicine. Selection is based on scholarship, interest in science, skill, devotion to patient care, and personal attributes of dependability and integrity--as demonstrated by the physician, Daniel D. Comstock, for whom the award is named.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Stephanie Kim


Department of Medicine: Donald E. Griggs Award

This award is presented to the senior medical student with the highest grade from the clinical rotations in medicine. Soon after Donald E. Griggs ('24) graduated, he and his bride, Loice, became missionaries to China, where he developed a life-threatening infection that resulted in the amputation of his left forearm. Returning to the United States, he spent the rest of his life working for his alma mater. Although he was chair of the Department of Medicine for several years, he is best remembered as chief of the cardiology division. 

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Olivia Paradis
 


Department of Medicine: Harold J. Hoxie Award

This award is presented to senior medical students for exceptional performance in medicine with emphasis on research. Immediately after finishing his internal medicine residency, Harold J Hoxie ('33) became head of the clinical training of CME students at the Los Angeles County General Hospital. He organized the teaching rounds, student case presentations, grand rounds and resident teaching conferences with the assistance of many excellent volunteer faculty. He was also considered an excellent diagnostician, consulting in many difficult patient cases. 

Class of 2022 Award Winners: Ashley Feldkamp and Katie Choi
 


Department of Medicine: Varner J. Johns, Jr., Award

The Varner J. Johns Award is presented to senior medical students who have demonstrated excellence in internal medicine and true dedication to clinical teaching.  Based on these characteristics, the following awardees are considered as potential future teaching faculty in the Department of Medicine. 

Class of 2022 Award Winners: Alexandria Lee and Danielle Hamilton


Department of Neurology: Guy M. Hunt Award

Guy M. Hunt ('42) taught medical students in neurology and anatomy at Loma Linda University School of Medicine from 1945 to 1992, and was awarded the School of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award in 1997. Dr. Hunt created innovative educational techniques such as showing his own movies of patients to help correlate neuroanatomy with clinical neurology. His passion for education led him to devote significant portions of his clinical income toward the teaching of neuroanatomy. 

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Sidney Dunn


Department of Neurology: AAN Medical Student Prize for Excellence

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Medical Student Prize for Excellence is for graduating medical students who have promising career potential in neurology as seen by their institution's faculty and residents.

Class of 2022  Award Winner: Michelle McSkane


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery: Philip H. Reiswig Award

Since the founding of the Orthopaedic Residency in 1969, Philip Reiswig ('61) has mentored residents and students in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Dr.  Reiwig exemplifies the virtues of completeness of patient information collection and clarity of thought in problem-solving. The Philip H. Reiswig Award is presented to a senior student entering the field of orthopedic surgery who exhibits the dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment of the physician-leader for whom it is named.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Joseph Hutton


Department of Pediatrics: Robert F. Chinnock Award

Robert F. Chinnock ('44-A) was the first chair of the Department of Pediatrics, from 1949 to 1975, in the School of Medicine with formal training in pediatrics. Dr. Chinnock was a brilliant hard-working individual who had intolerance for mediocrity and had a love for excellence. He loved to teach and motivate students who held him in awe because of his demand for excellence. He established the first camp for children with diabetes in California, which is still held each summer in our local mountains. When his untimely death in 1975 occurred, the pediatric faculty established a Robert F. Chinnock award in his honor. This award is given to the senior medical student who shows outstanding performance in pediatrics. 

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Caroline Bebawy


Department of Preventive Medicine: Dysinger Family Preventive Medicine Award

The Award is in memory of Stephen Dysinger, who passed away in 2006 at age 13 years from a rhabdomyosarcoma. The award was set up by his grandfather, P. William Dysinger, MD, MPH, who helped found the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. His son, Wayne S. Dysinger, MD, MPH, was chair of the Preventive Medicine Department at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine for 12 years, taught Preventive Medicine to a generation of medical students, and helped establish the sub-specialty of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
 

Class of 2022 Award Winners: Charity Underwood and Simone DeShields


Department of Psychiatry: Benjamin Kovitz Award

This award is named for Benjamin Kovitz, MD, who has been a professor in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry since 1963. Dr. Kovitz' clinical skills, superb teaching, research contributions and role model have made him revered in the department and recognized nationally and internationally  for his lifetime of contributions to psychiatry and society.

Class of 2022 Award Winner:  Yifan Lii


Department of Radiology: Distinguished Student in Interventional Radiology Award

The Distinguished Student in Interventional Radiology Award is given to the student who is devoted to the field of radiology as evidenced by their distinguished service, exceptional performance, and commitment to pursuing radiology as a career.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Spencer Freed
 


Department of Radiology: Distinguished Student in Diagnostic Radiology Award

The Distinguished Student in Diagnostic Radiology Award is given to the student who is devoted to the field of radiology as evidenced by their distinguished service, exceptional performance, and commitment to pursuing radiology as a career.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Emily Mulder


Department of Surgery: David B. Hinshaw, Sr., Award

The David B. Hinshaw, Sr., Award is presented annually to a senior student who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and scholarship and who is entering a categorical surgery residency program with the intention of pursuing a career in general surgery.

Class of 2022 Award Winner: Emily Gunderson


Department of Urology: Roger W. Barnes Award

This award in honor of Roger W. Barnes ('22) is presented to a senior student who has demonstrated to an unusual degree, qualities of compassion, kindness, and humility - as exhibited by the physician and teacher for whom the award is named. 

2022 Award Winner: Ye Jin Esther Jeon


Student Affairs Council (SAC) Representative Award

2022 Award Winner: Aurriel Fenison 


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Fourth-year students are recommended for membership in the national honor medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Membership is determined based on scholastic, professional, and personal performance. The School of Medicine was granted a charter for establishing the Epsilon Chapter on April 1, 1957.

Individuals exhibit characteristics of excellent physicianship; examples include trustworthiness, character, caring, knowledge, scholarship, proficiency in the doctor-patient relationship, leadership, compassion, empathy, altruism, and servant leadership.

Class of 2022 Award Winners: 

Caroline Bebawy, Samuel Bolivar, Matthew Buell, Claudia Chan, Sang Hee Katie Choi, Victoria Cress, John Sebastian de Armas, Chloe Dominguez, Nicholas Eckert, Ashley Feldkamp, Andrew Folkerts, Kaitlyn Fung, Stephanie Han, Andy Hsueh, Joseph Hutton, Bowon Joung, Mwape Kalambata, Paul Kim, Stephanie Kim, Alexandria Lee,Matthew Lopez, Gabriel Martin,Tyler Masden, Michelle McSkane, Ethan Miles , Bethany Palinka, Olivia Paradis, Peter Reim, Kari Roberts, Jackson Shampo, Andrew Vassantachart and Mary Beth Yu.


Gold Humanism Honor Society Awards

Recognizing medical students for compassionate patient care and who serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.

Class of 2022 Inductees:

Andrew Ajoku, Morgan Bagingito, John Sebastian deArmas, Joshua Dreschler, Levi Evans, Aurriel Fenison, Andrew Folkerts, Kaitlyn Fung, Danielle Hamilton, Ye Jin Jeon, Kari Kennedy, Yifan Lii, Jonathan Lodenkamp,Gabriel Martin, Tyler Masden, Ethan Miles, Isaac Mitchell, Jin Hyun Moon, Melissa Nishino, Olivia Paradis, Peter Reim, Miguel Serrano Illan, Danae Smart, Karah Sterris, Charlene Wang and Daniel Yang