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May 17, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Two medical students win Chancellor’s Award

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate Medical University students Sarah Fabiano and Jessica Shanahan have been chosen as recipients of the 2010 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

Fabiano and Shanahan are among 228 students from SUNY campuses to receive the award that recognizes students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. The average grade point average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.

“The 228 students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer outside the classroom,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, in presenting the awards to students at a ceremony last month.

Fabiano, who will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree at Commencement May 22, is a student whose awards and accomplishments indicate a student of exceptional academic achievement. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in her junior year, and has received numerous scholarships, including the Dr. Samuel and Martha Gersten Scholarship. The effort she devoted to teaching and tutoring is a testament to Sarah’s commitment to service.

A Buffalo native, Fabiano will be married in June and begin her residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She is very grateful to be one of few receiving the Chancellor’s Award. “I know what an honor it is to receive this, and I know so many great people that could have received this as well,” said Fabiano. “I’m truly honored.”

Shanahan, from Syracuse, also will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree at Commencement May 22. She has combined stellar academic achievement with outstanding leadership throughout medical school. She is president of the local Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society chapter and has received several honors, including the Dr. Samuel and Martha Gersten Scholarship and induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Upon graduation, Shanahan will move to Boston and begin her residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, but her career pursuit might involve education or administration. During her time at Upstate, she was a student representative on the Educational Policies Committee and was in the first class to have all three years of the Medical Literature Curriculum (MLC), led by Dr. Paul Shanley and Karen Kelly.

“Thinking about the medical school curriculum has really inspired me to pursue a career in education or administration. MLC showed me that it doesn’t have to just be lectures or small groups, there’s a lot of room for creativity,” Shanahan said.

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