Massachusetts Medical Society: 16 medical school students are honored as 2017 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars

16 medical school students are honored as 2017 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars

Boston, Mass. – March 29th – The Massachusetts Medical Society has selected 16 fourth-year medical school students as Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars for 2017.  Each will receive $10,000.

Applicants were selected by their respective Massachusetts medical schools as meeting MMS award criteria that includes academic achievement, community service, and financial need. Four MMS Selection Committees — comprised of MMS officers, members of MMS education committees, representatives of the MMS student section, and Continuing Education & Certification staff — took into consideration each student’s Statement of Purpose, references, and interview. 

Since the inception of the MMS Scholars Program in 1993, nearly $2 million have been granted to more than 200 students from Massachusetts medical schools.

The 2017 honorees, their previous academic achievements, and selected accomplishments.  

Boston University School of Medicine
Nadeem Abou-ArrajNadeem Abou-Arraj, A.B. in History, Harvard College. At Boston University, Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Society; Tutor in anatomy and neuroscience; Recipient, Global Health Summer Scholarship.


Veronica A. FallerVeronica A. Faller, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University.  Medical Student Peer Advisor and Student Leader of Outreach Van Project. As undergraduate, member of Engineering and Bioengineering honor societies. Vice President, Boston, Alpha Eta Mu Beta, National Bioengineering Honor Society. 

Robert McInnisRobert McInnis, B.A., magna cum laude with honors in Psychology, Skidmore College.  At Boston University, Alpha Omega Alpha and Medical Student Peer Advisor. First place, Medical Student Research Poster, Massachusetts Neurologic Association.


Priya I. ShankarPriya I. Shankar, B.A. magna cum laude, Political Science and South Asia Studies,  University of Pennsylvania; M.P.H., Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Boston University, Gold Humanism in Medicine Award; Recipient, American Medical Women’s Association Scholarship.


Harvard Medical School

Albert S. HaAlbert S. Ha, B.S. in Biology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University. Harvard Medical School Scholars in Medicine.  Fellowship Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program.


Megan McLaughlinMegan McLaughlin, B.A., magna cum laude, East Asian Studies, M.P.H., Health Policy and Administration, Yale University. Fulbright Scholar. Recipient, Charles Janeway Prize for International Research.


Samia OsmanSamia Osman, B.A., International Development Strategy, B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, B.S. Psychology, summa cum laude,  University of Arizona. Candidate for M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Fulbright Scholar. American Medical Women’s Association, National Student President and Student Leadership Award.

Anna M. RumanAnna M. Ruman, B.A., magna cum laude, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard College.  Harvard College Scholar.  Recipient, Harvard Kennedy School Deland Award; Health Education Volunteer of the Year Award, Community Health.  Recipient, Harvard Center for Primary Care Scholarship.


Tufts University School of Medicine
Abigail H. BenudisAbigail H. Benudis, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Community Health and Spanish, Tufts University.  Student teacher, Tufts University School of Medicine; President, Psychiatry Interest Group; Women’s Health Counselor, Sharewood Clinic; President, Massachusetts Medical Society Medical Students Section. 

Kailyn M. KuzmukKailyn M. Kuzmuk, A.B., cum laude, Psychology, Harvard College. John Harvard Scholar, Division I All-Academic Honoree. At Tufts University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha and Student Member of Admissions Committee; Student Representative, Education Committee.                                                                         

Jessica GonzalezJessica Gonzalez, B.S., summa cum laude, Biology, Tufts University. At Tufts University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha; Co-Founder and President of Tufts Interpreter Program; Treasurer of Student Council; President, Medical Spanish Club; Tutor to first-year medical students. 

Eung-Mi LeeEung-Mi Lee, B.A., cum laude, Philosophy and English, Boston College; M.B.A., Heller School, Brandeis University (2017); At Boston College, Order of the Cross and Crown honor society; Bemis University Award for Service.  At Tufts, member of Admissions Committee; President, Medical Students for Choice.


University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jorge FinkeJorge Finke, B.S., cum laude, Health Sciences, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. At UMass, Gold Humanism Honor Society; Recipient, Ettensohn Memorial Scholarship and AMA Foundation Scholars Scholarship.  Student Board Member, Worcester Free Clinic Coalition.  

Jessica LongJessica Long, B.A. Dartmouth College; M.S., Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University. At UMass, Gold Humanism Honor Society; Recipient, Dr. Sanfrey Lilyestrom Award and Martin Luther King Semester of Service Student Award; Member of the Year, Region VII, Student National Medical Association.

Michael G. NoujaimMichael G. Noujaim, B.S. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. M.Sc., Biology, McGill University. At UMass Medical School, Student Body Council Representative, Admissions Interviewer, Student Member of Associate Dean of Students Search Committee. 

Courtney M. TempleCourtney M. Temple, B.S., summa cum laude, Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University. At UMass, Gold Humanism Honor Society; Recipient, Dr. Samuel Pickens Ward and Dr. M. Elizabeth Fletcher Award, Worcester District Medical Society. Co-founder, UMass Medical School Refugee Teen Mentoring Program; Board member, Worcester Refugee Assistance Project.


The Massachusetts Medical Society, with some 25,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other health care professionals.  Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country. For more information please visit,, or

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