Awards and Recognition


S. Hossein Fatemi, MD, PhD was recently awarded an one-time, $10,000 Innovation Research Grant from the Medical School. These grants support innovative, think-outside-the-box ideas that either: a) challenge current dogma, b) propose a new technology or new approach to a problem, or c) lead to a new discovery. Awards were given to high risk/high reward proposals for which little or no preliminary data currently exists. It is expected that the research will be completed in less than one year. The goal of this grant program is to fund innovative proposals that need a spark to develop into a substantive new opportunity for scholarship and federal funding.

Dr. Fatemi's proposal is titled "Use of Selected Reaction Monitoring Mass Spectrometry to Identify Biomarkers in a Mouse Model of Autism and Schizophrenia".


Anna Donoghue, DO, PGY-3Anna Donoghue, MD, PGY-3

Congratulations to Anna Donoghue, MD, PGY-3 on receiving the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. This award goes to residents who have exhibited particularly strong teaching skills and are role models for their compassionate, relationship-centered care.

Dr. Donoghue's student nominators spoke incredibly highly of her mentorship and her modeling of compassionate care. As a part of this award, Dr. Donoghue will be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Read more about the Gold Humanism Honor Society


Congratulations to Medical Student Stuart McCarter on winning second prize in the 2016 Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Contest for his psychiatry rotation paper on REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and PTSD. Stuart was a participant in the first VA Longitudinal Undergraduate Medical Education (VALUE) clerkship 2015-16 with Susan McCarthy, MD as his feedback mentor.


Diana Back, medical studentDiana Back, 2nd Year Medical Student

Suma Jacob, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, received an Outstanding Mentor Award from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) for mentoring Diana Back in the Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program, supported by AACAP's Campaign for America's Kids. This award was presented at the AACAP's 63rd Annual Meeting in October 2016. Diana is now second year medical student and is very interested in child psychiatry.

In 2013, Dr. Jacob mentored Kelsey Christoffer for a similar research fellowship through AACAP.  

Katharine Nelson, MD, Assistant Professor and Vice Chair for Education worked with both of these medical students to write proposals for the handful of awards given. Kelsey decided to go into pediatric neurology and is a currently an intern at Mayo Clinic.