House Staff Awards

The following are annual awards given to members of the Pathology house staff. Each award is presented at the Annual House Staff Graduation Dinner and each includes both a certificate and monetary prize. 

The Resident of the Year Award is given each year to a Pathology resident in recognition of overall excellence. This is considered the most prestigious of the resident awards. The sum total of the resident's work and accomplishments in the areas of clinical service, learning of pathology, teaching of pathology, research, and professionalism is considered in the selection of the recipient. The selection is made by a vote of the entire teaching faculty in the program.

The Frank Miller Memorial Award is in honor of Dr. Frank Miller, distinguished former faculty member in the Department of Pathology. The award is given to one of the Pathology residents or fellows in recognotion of excellence in teaching. The recipient of this award is selected by the Chair of Pathology, with input from the Director of Undergraduate Pathology Education, Residency Program Director, and other faculty members.

The Herschel Sidransky Memorial Award is in memory of Dr. Herschel Sidransky, who served as Chair of the Department of Pathology for twenty-two years.  The award is given each year to a member of the Pathology house staff in recognition of excellence in research done while in training in our programs. This award is intended to recognize both the quantity and quality of research done during residency and/or fellowship training at GW, and the selection is based largely on the updated list of research activities provided by each resident and fellow near the end of each academic year. The recipient of this award is selected by a Selection Committee appointed by the Chair of Pathology and made up of faculty members in the department.

The Yolanda Oertel Award was endowed by Dr. Yoland Oertel, Professor Emeritus of Pathology. The award is given to a Pathology resident or fellow for excellence in research related to fine needle aspiration cytopathology done while in training in our department. This Award is in recognition of Dr. Yolanda Oertel internationally-known efforts in establishing the clinical utility of fine needle aspiration as a useful diagnostic procedure. The award requires publication of the research findings in the form of an article in a peer-reviewed journal. The recipient of this award is determined by a Selection Committee made up of the cytopathologists on the faculty in our department.

The Ghassan Haidar Memorial Award is in memory of Dr. Ghassan Haidar, former resident in the Department of Pathology. This award is named in his memory in recognition of his great love of and skill in medical and non-medical photography. The  award is given each year to a Pathology resident or fellow for excellence in photography. Residents and fellows are asked to submit examples of their photographic work, of an artistic nature and/or pathology related.  Each person is allowed to submit up to three images for consideration; one image of an artistic nature, one pathology-related gross image, and one pathology-related photomicrograph. Selection of the recipient is made by a Selection Committee appointed by the Chair of Pathology and made up of faculty members and residents in the department. All submitted images will be displayed in the department, and selected images appropriate for the occasion will be shown at the annual House Staff Graduation Dinner.