The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division announced the 2017 recipient of the David C. Martin Award, Ms. Rebecca Abay, a third-year medical student attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Ms. Abay received an honorarium to defray the expenses of attending the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society conference, where her abstract, “Bone Microarchitecture is Preserved in Men with Prostate Cancer on Androgen Deprivation Therapy,” was selected for the Presidential Poster presentation. Abstracts receiving the highest scores through the peer review process are included in the Presidential Poster Session.
The award was named after David C. Martin, MD, who established the first geriatrics fellowship in Pittsburgh. The goal of this prestigious award is to encourage and prepare future physicians in the field of geriatric medicine.
Since its inception, the Society is proud to have awarded more than $80,000 to area medical students interested in the field of geriatric medicine.
The 2017 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year Award presentation was held prior to the dinner symposium of the 25th Annual Clinical in Geriatric Medicine. Debra K. Weiner, MD, FACP; Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; and Vincent M. Balestrino, MD, were honored with a special recognition for their dedication and commitment to geriatrics education.
Rollin Wright, MD, MS, MPH, awards chair, and Fred Rubin, MD, president, shared the podium to highlight the achievements and significant contributions each awardee has made to the education and training of learners in geriatrics and to the progress of geriatrics across the health professions. More than 100 attendees were on hand for the plaque presentation.
Dr. Weiner and Dr. Toto received the Physician and Healthcare Professional Award, respectively, and Dr. Balestrino was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
A call for nominations for the 2018 Geriatrics Teacher of the Year award will begin in September 2017. Award eligibility, criteria and details on the nomination process will be available on the society website in August (www.pagswd.org).