Twelve St. George’s University School of Medicine students were recognized for making a significant contribution to research during their MD studies at this year’s 2013 SOM commencement ceremony. The students, who have all published their research in at least two peer-reviewed journals, were given the designation of “Distinction in Research” and wore a blue and gold, double strand honor cord on graduation day.
Dr. Calum Macpherson, director of research at SGU, commented, “This award demonstrates the increasing emphasis and commitment SGU places in research and scholarly activity during the students’ medical training.”
At SGU, students can become involved in research projects in both the basic sciences and during their clinical program. The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) research institute is on campus with the goal of advancing health and environmental development through research and education programs. The Medical Student Research Institute (MSRI) was launched in 2009 to aid MD clinical student research and has facilitated the production of hundreds of papers.
The recipients of this year’s Distinction in Research Award are: Yasir Al-Khalili, Sharath Bellary, Justin Chen, Sameer Chopra, Mark Diamond, Brian Housman, Paul Hulsberg, Michael M. Aziz, Amir M. Kalani Yazd, Monica Midha, John Pearson and Lorena Polo.