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  <br>L to R: 2012 Gold Award recipient, Chao ying (Sarah) Xu and Resident Council member Deidre Amaro, MD

L to R: 2012 Gold Award recipient, Chao ying (Sarah) Xu and Resident Council member Deidre Amaro, MD

ASCP Recognizes Stellar Medical Students with Promising Futures in Pathology

Monday, June 04, 2012

ASCP selected outstanding medical students annually for the Medical Student Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement in Pathology. This year, 10 students were honored with the prestigious award recognizing academic excellence, leadership ability, and a strong interest in the pathology profession.

“I really enjoy the critical reasoning and investigative aspect of pathology.”
— Chao ying (Sarah) Xu
The 2012 Gold Award recipient, Chao ying (Sarah) Xu, has a demonstrated passion and commitment to pathology, as well as growing interest and experience in cancer research. According to Marcus Bosenberg, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology at Yale University School of Medicine, Ms. Xu not only excels academically, but also shares her passion and knowledge with colleagues, hosting regular review sessions in Pathology and Histology for classmates.

“Sarah is organizing the first-ever Pathology Interest Group at Yale School of Medicine,” wrote Dr. Bosenberg, in his nomination letter for Ms. Xu. “I can honestly say that during my years as a faculty member at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Vermont, I have never met another first-year medical student with Sarah’s enthusiasm and talent for the field of pathology.”

Ms. Xu was first author on a breast cancer manuscript and a co-author on a kidney cancer publication, both of which were submitted and published during her first year of medical school following her research endeavors beginning in her undergraduate years.

Her interest in pathology traces back to high school and undergraduate studies. Ms. Xu was involved in various microscopy projects and took related courses at the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Toronto, where she said her interest was fostered by the department. Ms. Xu is looking forward to continued research involvement, and particularly working with Dr. Bosenberg this summer evaluating immune infiltrates in melanoma.

Ms. Xu is looking forward to continued research involvement, and particularly working with Dr. Bosenberg this summer evaluating immune infiltrates in melanoma. “I really enjoy the critical reasoning and investigative aspect of pathology,” she added.

Acknowledging her gratitude to many mentors such as Dr. Bosenberg, Ms. Xu said, “I feel so supported by the great faculty here at Yale, and I feel very fortunate to win this award.” She compared medical school to running a marathon, and she said the recognition of this award helps keep her going and continues to help her define her career path.

Alexander Gallan, a Boston University School of Medicine student, is another one of this year’s impressive award winners who is also passionate about the field and a future involving both clinical and research work. Mr. Gallan has been involved in research comparing cytological and histological techniques for lung cancer diagnosis, and has submitted an abstract for publication.

Calling Mr. Gallan energetic, intelligent, hard-working and creative, Daniel G. Remick, MD, Chair and Professor of Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine wrote in his nomination letter, “Alex Gallan is the type of medical student representing the future of our field.”

Noting that it is a very exciting time for the field as technology and molecular pathology continue to explode, Mr. Gallan said he is humbled and honored by the award and grateful for the opportunity to push ahead in his career. “This helps justify the hard work I’ve put in so far and motivates me to continue to work even harder,” he said.

To see the full list of winners, click here.  


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