Washington University Orthopedics holds Commencement Ceremony for Resident Class of 2019

Chief residents (above, from left): Drs. Clarabelle DeVries, Robert Owen, Ugochi Okoroafor, Chris Cosgrove, Melissa Wright, Joe Lamplot, Kristen Ploetze, MD. 

Graduation celebrations to recognize the outstanding efforts of our orthopaedic surgery chief residents began on Thursday, June 13, 2019, with a department golf tournament for residents, fellows, faculty and alumni. The tournament was held at Top Golf in Chesterfield, MO. 

On Friday, June 14, 2019, the J. Albert Key Distinguished Lectureship Alumni Day featured guest speaker Charles L. Saltzman, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah, who gave a presentation entitled “Orthopaedic Certification: Past, Present and Future”. Chief residents also presented their research papers and gave a brief overview of their international trips. Additionally, a number of residents and faculty were honored with awards: 

Resident Research Award
Dr. Christopher Cosgrove and Dr. Joseph Lamplot

Lee T. Ford Award for Academic Achievement

Dr. Christopher Dy

Resident Teacher of the Year Award
Dr. Scott Runyon

Martin I. Boyer Medical Student Educator Award (inaugural award)
Dr. Brian Kelly

Excellence in Education Award
Dr. Heidi Prather
Dr. Richard Gelberman
Dr. Nathan Olafsen
Dr. Alexander Aleem
Dr. Jeremy McCormick
Dr. Cecilia Pascual-Garrido
Dr. Marschall Berkes
Dr. Cara Cipriano
Dr. Mark Miller
Dr. Jeffrey Nepple
Dr. David Brogan
Dr. Gary Miller
Dr. Scott Simpson
Dr. Martin Boyer

The day concluded with dinner and ceremonies held at Bissinger’s Caramel Room, where residents gathered with their families and colleagues to celebrate their accomplishments. The evening ended with the chief residents presenting the following awards:

Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Physician Award (Selected by all residents)

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

Palma Chironis Award (Faculty teaching award selected by chief residents)

Dr. Rick Wright

Fellow Teaching Award (Fellow teaching award selected by all residents)
Dr. Craig Smith (Pediatric Fellow)

Congratulations to the orthopaedic surgery chief resident class of 2019! 

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