School of Medicine

Chapter Highlights

Master
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Each year, the students selected for induction are dedicated to serving Baylor College of Medicine and our local Houston community. Current projects include:

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Tutoring Services

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Elected students organize tutorial services for underclassmen in academic need, lead pre-clinical and clinical exam content reviews, and compile academic guides for successful study practices.

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Student Service Leadership Project

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In 2018, the Texas Beta chapter’s student service leadership project was recognized and grant-funded by the national AΩA organization.

Title: Baylor College of Medicine Refugee Health Education Initiative: Leadership Development through Service
Student Awardees: Geneva White, Grace St. Cyr, Elizabeth Adams, Abigail Garbarino
Mentors: Dr. Jill D’Souza, Dr. Daniel Chelius, Dr. Ellis Arjmand, Dr. Ellen Friedman, Dr. Larry Hollier, Dr. Jean Raphael, and Dr. Teri Turner

All Baylor College of Medicine students in good standing are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant. Please contact the chapter chairs for further information and assistance in the application process.

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Research

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Our chapter supports and encourages research by medical students and physicians. Each year, we nominate scholarly projects for grant funding by the national AΩA organization. Recipients of the Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship include:

2018 Recipient
Title: Longitudinal analysis of teleretinal imaging: applying machine learning to identify predictive factors for retinopathy and treatment response
Student: Weijie Violet Lin
Mentor: Christina Weng, M.D., MBA

2019 Recipient
Title of Project: Biocompatible Scaffold-based Delivery of Therapeutic Stem Cells following Surgical Resection for the Treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme in a Murine Model
Student: Sricharan Gopakumar
Mentor: Frederick Lang, M.D.

All Baylor College of Medicine students in good standing are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. Please contact the chapter chairs and Associate Councilor for Research Affairs, Dr. Christina Weng at Christina.Weng@bcm.edu for further information and assistance in the application process.

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2020 Spring Induction Celebration and Colloquium

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The Baylor College of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Executive Committee and Senior Class Officers are pleased to announce the 2020 BCM Alpha Omega Alpha Inductees. Unfortunately, due to restrictions on large gatherings it is not possible to have an Induction Banquet in 2020. All 2020 inductees will be honored alongside 2021 inductees at next year’s celebration. For further details and to RSVP, please contact Ms. Yvette Pinales in the Office of Student Affairs at  ypinales@bcm.edu.

Senior Medical Student Initiates:
Hannah Abrams
Berkay Basagaoglu
McKenna Boyd
Kaitlyn Carlson
Stephan Castellanos
Hongan Chen
Derrick Chu
Amy Engler
Conrad Fernandes
Michael Gundry
Meesha Khatker
Michelle Lee
Heidi Martini-Stoica
Michael Pratt
Sean Rodriguez
Michelle Suh
Joy Tan
Reid Wilson
Lin Zhu

Junior Medical Student Initiates:
Alexander Alexander
Ziba Colah
Charles Difalco
Katherine Dong
Michael Duan
Miguel Franquiz
Joanne Hsu
Asad Loya
Shiv Patel
Kelly Payne
Mary Tillman
Junru Yan

Resident and Fellow Initiates:
Ahmed S. Ansari, M.D.
Lily Cheng, M.D.
Auda Plaud Gonzalez, M.D.
Hassan Kamran, M.D.
Holland Kaplan, M.D.
Marina Masciale, M.D.
Komal Muradali, M.D.
Sayna Norouzi, M.D.
Aniket Rali, M.D.
Mahmoud Al Rifai, M.D.
Arindam Sarkar, M.D.
Fabio Nascimento Silva, M.D.
Visish Srinivasan, M.D.
Kevin Wang, M.D.
Peter Yeh, M.D. 

Faculty Initiates:
Mahboob Alam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Benjamin Frankfort, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience

Catherine Mary Gannon, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Neonatology

Ruben Hernaez, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology

Waleed Kayani, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Michelle Lopez, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hospital Medicine

Michelle Ludwig, MD, MPH, PHD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

David Netscher, MBBCh
Professor of Surgery, Divisions of Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery

Timothy Porea, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology

Alireza A. Shamshirsaz, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics/Gynecology; Division of Fetal Therapy and Surgery

Alumni Initiate:
Daniel Epner, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine Class of 1986
Professor, Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center