2009 Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program Residents / Fellows Graduation Dinner
The Park Plaza Hotel, Boston MA.
June 19, 2009


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 Women’s 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 Women’s 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…”. Anna 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 Women’s 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. Michael Weaver.

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 year’s 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 Children’s 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 followed.

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!

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