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. Krishan Jethwa of Minot, N.D., was the recipient for the 2013-'14 academic year. Krishan matched in Transitional at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Fargo and Radiation-Oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., for 2015-'16 year.
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 2013-'14 year: Southwest Campus in Bismarck–Jean Canham (Bismarck, N.D.) and Andrew Mills (Bottineau, N.D.); Southeast Campus in Fargo–Michael Jordan (Fargo, N.D.), Joshua Johnson (Mandan, N.D.), and Collin Parker (Butte, Mont.); Northwest Campus in Minot–Travis Waswick (Minot, N.D.); Northeast Campus in Grand Forks–Brendan Boe (Beulah, N.D.).
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 2014 recipients of the Wayne M. Swenson, M.D. Award was Paul Selid, MSIV, and Michael Jundt, MSIV, for their research paper, "Intravitreal bevacizumab and aflibercept for the treatment of exudative Age-Related Macular Degeneration."