By Wendy Sarubbi | March 17, 2016 12:47 pm

The College of Medicine’s chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, inducted 19 M.D. students and for the first time two residents at ceremonies on March 10.

Members are selected based on academic achievement, service, leadership and professionalism. As she explained in her welcome to the installation ceremony, AOA faculty advisor Dr. Colleen Moran-Bano said honorees “have and will continue to make a difference in people’s lives.”

The celebration’s distinguished speaker was Dr. Michael Keating, director of the division of pediatric urology at the Florida Hospital for Children. Dr. Jonathan Kibble, UCF’s assistant dean of medical education, was honored for his selection for the 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, given by the Association of American Medical Colleges at its November national meeting. Soraya Smith, director of student services and service learning, was honored with the AOA Administrative Recognition Award for her support of the honor society over the past four years. Dr. Alix Casler, a volunteer faculty member who has been active in the medial school’s global health efforts and pediatric clerkship, received the AOA Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award.

The inaugural residents selected into UCF’s Zeta chapter are Dr. Bruna Pellini Ferreira, a second-year resident in the College of Medicine’s internal medicine residency program and Dr. Yaphet Tilahun, a fourth-year surgical resident at Florida Hospital who serves as an attending physician during third-year core clerkships.

Class of 2016 inductees are:

  • Adam Almaguer
  • Kaitlin Boyle
  • Pete Guerra
  • Errol Inci
  • Christopher Jacobs
  • Ying Liu
  • Abraham Matar
  • Kavin Patel
  • Neesha Patel

Class of 2017 inductees are:

  • Jacqueline Babb
  • Ashley Brown
  • Renee Domozych
  • Sarah Hart
  • Eliezer Kinberg
  • Arvind Krishnan
  • Eva Reina
  • Austin Rohl
  • Sami Saikaly
  • Faith Villanueva
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