The 2009 Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency Program (HCORP) Graduation Reception and Dinner
was held on June 19, 2009 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. It
was a wonderful evening filled with memories from numerous
residents, faculty, fellows, family and friends. The night began
with a cocktail reception in the banquet hall with a slide-show
presentation of memorable photos of the graduating class over
the course of their residency.
An introduction to the ceremony was given by Dr. Dempsey
Springfield, Master of Ceremonies and the new director of the
Residency Program welcoming everyone to the event. The
Osgood Visiting Professor, Dr. James H. Herndon MD MBA
was introduced by Dr. Springfield. Dr. Herndon entered retirement
this past year after a distinguished academic career and
stepped down as program director of HCORP where he had
many accomplishments and was known as a strong resident
advocate. Dr. James Herndon took the stage and applauded the
graduating residents for their outstanding accomplishments
and completion of their residency.
Dr. Herndon next presented the Thesis Day Awards. Dr.
Herndon was given the task of choosing only two residents
to award with the research awards from all of the outstanding
work that was presented earlier in the day. Dr. John Kwon was
recognized for his innovative study in which he analyzed youtube
videos to correlate injury mechanism with fracture pattern
of ankle fractures. His study challenged the Lauge-Hansen
classification. John was awarded the Best Clinical Research
Award for this work. Dr. Michael Glotzbecker was then presented
the award for Best Research project for his study titled:
DVT prophylaxis in high risk spinal patients.
The next award to be presented recognizes the resident
who made the greatest contribution to teaching during his or
her residency. The fourth year residents led by Arnold Alqueza
took the stage to present this award which is voting on by the
current residents. The award was presented to Dr. Michael
Weaver who will be staying in Boston next year as a trauma
fellow in the combined MGH/Brigham and Womens Hospital
Partners trauma fellowship.
The entire graduating class of 2009 then collectively took
the stage to present the Golden Apple Award. The Golden Apple
Award since its inception in 1998 has been presented by the
graduating class to the faculty member who has contributed
the most to resident education and provided inspirational leadership
through outstanding dedication to patient care was
awarded to Dr. William Tomford. Dr. Tomford graciously
accepted the award and acknowledged that he felt privileged to
have the opportunity to teach such a great group of residents
and the great impact that teaching had made on his career and
on his life.
The graduating class took a special heart-felt moment to
acknowledge three exceptional individuals that year after year
make numerous contributions to HCORP. Elizabeth Lynch
PA-C from the Brigham and Womens Hospital was given an
award to thank her for all of her efforts in coordinating patient
care and allowing the inpatient services to run smoothly. Diane
Sheehan, the perennially commended Residency Coordinator
was brought to the stage and acknowledged with a plaque
thanking her for ..always having an open door, always carrying
through in a pinch, and always being willing to help
Cipollone was recognized for her tremendous work in coordinating
the activities of the residency program and support of
the residents in the program. All of the residents in the program
applauded and were extremely grateful to both Anna and Diane
for all of her hard work and commitment to the HCORP!!!
Dr. Thomas Thornhill then took the stage along with Dr.
William H Thomas for the presentation of the William Thomas
Award. The William Thomas award is voted on by the faculty of
the Brigham and Womens Hospital to recognize the resident
that, best exemplifies excellence in orthopaedics, devotion
to patient care, collegiality and teamwork. There were many
outstanding residents in the graduating class that exemplified
these characteristics however having to choose one individual
the award was presented to Dr. Coleen Sabatini.
The Executive Committee Resident Award for Excellence
in OITE Scores is an award that is presented to the graduating
resident with the highest Orthopaedic In-Training Examination
(OITE) scores over the course of 4-years of residency. The
award was announced by Dr. James Kasser and presented to Dr.
Dr. Springfield then invited Dr. Coleen Sabatini to the stage
once again and honored her for her work as Editor in-Chief of
the Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sabatini
served the journal for four years, three years as an associate editor
and her chief year she served as Editor-in-Chief and devoted
countless hours to keeping the OJHMS an outstanding annual
publication. Dr. Sabatini then announced the person to whom
this years Journal would be dedicated. Traditionally dedicated
to one member of the Harvard faculty, this year the dedication
was to Dr. James Kasser, in tribute to his outstanding career and
remarkable contributions to the field of pediatric orthopaedic
surgery through his work at Childrens Hospital Boston.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the
graduating residents by the Drs. Rubash, Thornhill, Kasser,
Waters, and Gebhardt. The exceptional and unique individual
paths that the graduating residents have taken through their
careers to arrive at the HCORP graduation were highlighted.
Personal anecdotes, embarrassing excerpts from personal statements,
and stories families had shared from the residents
younger days were shared. The graduating residents were
presented with their diplomas and a night of fun and entertainment
Congratulations to all of the individuals in the Harvard
Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency class of 2009 as
they embark on their careers
your contributions were greatly
appreciated and you will be missed!!!
Congratulations to Class of 2009!