Department of Surgery Awards
The Department of Surgery Outstanding Student Award goes to the senior student who demonstrates excellence in the specialty of surgery, and is based on a scoring system from both their third- and fourth-year rotations. Brendan Boe of Grand Forks, N.D., was the recipient for the 2014-’15 academic year. Brendan matched in Obstetrics-Gynecology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo.
In order for a third-year medical student to achieve honors, they must score above the 90th percentile on the National Board of Medical Examiners shelf exam, score 8 or higher on the oral exam and be recommended for honors by the majority of their preceptors.
Honors awarded for the 2014-’15 year: Southwest Campus in Bismarck–Layne Egan (Leal, N.D.); Southeast Campus in Fargo–Scott Allen (North Mankato, Minn.), Eric Dowling (Moorhead, Minn.), Emma Swanson (Fargo, N.D.) and Michael Traynor Jr. (Fargo, N.D.); Northeast Campus in Grand Forks–David Larson (Austin, Minn.).
Medical students are eligible to submit papers on surgery-related research to be considered for the Wayne M. Swenson, M.D. Award provided by the North Dakota/South Dakota Chapters of the American College of Surgeons. Papers are judged and selected by a committee in the Department of Surgery for submission to the joint chapter. The paper that is selected is presented by the student at the chapter meeting. The award recipient receives a $300 check and the Wayne M. Swenson, M.D., Award plaque. The 2015 recipient was Eric Dowling, MSIII, for his research paper, “Incidence of Residual Malignancy after Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy for Adenocarcinoma of the Distal Esophagus.”