Kudos to the 2014 “Golden Apple” Awardees

Congratulations to the 2013 “Golden Apple” awardees. The annual awards recognize the contributions of GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) professors who have made a significant impact on the students’ education. SMHS students presented the Golden Apples during follies, a time-honored tradition where first, second, third, and fourth-year medical students perform parodies, skits, and choreographed dance numbers on March 29. For the first time, physical therapy (PT) and physician assistant (PA) students took part in the festivities.

PT and PA students, along with first-and second-year medical students nominated their favorite professors, while third- and fourth-year students nominate one resident and teaching faculty members. The awards are part of the nominating process for the American Medical Student Association’s National Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence.

This year, first-year students awarded Ron Bohn, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and cell biology; second-year students honored David Diemert, M.D., associate professor of microbiology, immunology, and tropical, and of medicine; third-year students selected Charles Macri, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and resident, and fourth-year students awarded Jim Scott, M.D., professor of emergency medicine, and of health policy, bringing Scott’s Golden Apple total to 14.

PT students honored Ellen Costello, Ph.D., associate director for the program in physical therapy and associate professor of physical therapy and health care sciences, with a Golden Apple award; and Glenn Walker, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular medicine, was presented his Golden Apple Award by PA students.

The action packed show was filled with musical numbers, choreographed dance performances, and plenty of slap-stick comedy. Fourth-year medical students told the story of their class reuniting in 2064 at their 50 reunion. “We are all a bit older and our minds are a bit slower,” joked Tyler Webster, a fourth-year medical student at SMHS and director of the class of 2014 skit.  The hilarity ensued through flashbacks of milestone moments and student reflections on each year of medical school.