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SMFM Scholarship Award Funds Three Years of Research

Dr. Joy Vink, was named the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM)/American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation’s (AAOGF) Scholarship Award 2012-2015 Recipient at SMFM’s annual meeting in 2012. The scholarship is awarded to future academic physician leaders in OB/GYN to advance their scientific training and development. Scholars receive annual funding of $100,000 for three consecutive years of research.

King Faisal International Prize Recognizes Dr. Berkowitz’s Research on Fetal Platelet Disorder

Dr. Berkowitz receiving the 2012 King Faisal International Award for Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dr. Berkowitz traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to accept the 2012 King Faisal International Award for Medicine, sometimes called the Arab Nobel Prize. He was honored for nearly three decades of clinical research on a rare fetal blood disorder, alloimmune thrombocytopenia (AIT). This rare condition affects women who develop an immune reaction to their baby’s platelets, which causes their babies to have very low platelet counts or brain bleeds (intracranial hemorrhage) which can cause death before or during birth. He shares the prize with his colleague, Dr. James Bussel, a pediatric hematologist.

Peers Select Two OB/GYN Residents for 2012 Teaching Award

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OB/GYN residents Dr. Erica Mahany, class of 2012, and Dr. Hemashi Perera, class of 2013, were one of six students in each class to receive the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s “Humanism and Excellence in Teaching” Award. Third year students select up to six residents to receive the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, based on their demonstration of commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues. Each award winner is presented with a certificate, a specially designed lapel pin and a check for $250 from the Gold Foundation. The residents were recognized at this year’s Student Clinician’s Ceremony. Along with family, friends, fellow P&S students, faculty members and staff, the Class of 2014 made its official transition to the clinical year at the ceremony.

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