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2024 CAP Distinguished Medical Student Award—Nominations Now Open!

Recognize Future Pathology Stars – Nominate Now!

Do you know a medical student who has shown interest in pathology? To recognize them, please submit a recommendation for the CAP Distinguished Medical Student Award by March 8, 2024.

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The Distinguished Medical Student Award from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is given to a medical student, in any year of training, for outstanding achievement, aptitude, or interest in pathology. The awardee is recommended for recognition by the pathology contact (department chair, program director, or faculty member) at a US allopathic or osteopathic medical school.

The CAP’s Distinguished Medical Student Award honors the student's initiative in learning about pathology and participating in pathology-related activities. It intentionally elevates the specialty by leveraging the involvement of pathologists in medical students' training as they interact prior to and during the selection process.


The award is intended to be recommendation-based rather than application-based. While medical schools may have current award criteria and selection mechanisms, ultimately the pathology department chair, program director, or faculty member will recommend the medical student based on the student's knowledge of/interest in pathology, participation in pathology electives, or activities revolving around pathology.

  1. The student may be in any year of medical training.
  2. The student should exhibit knowledge of and enthusiasm for pathology.
  3. The student should be involved in pathology courses, interest groups, electives, research, or a preceptorship associated with the medical school and/or other organizations outside the medical school.
  4. The medical school may, at its discretion, use selection criteria and mechanisms already in place in the institution.
  5. The medical school must complete and submit one electronic nomination to the CAP by Friday, March 8, 2024.

Certificate and Monetary Award

The CAP will provide a frameable certificate and a $250 monetary award to the recipient. These will be sent directly to the institution's contact for presentation to the recipient.

Award Presentation

It is at the medical school’s discretion as to when to confer the CAP Distinguished Medical Student Award. Options might include giving it at the medical school graduation when excellence awards are presented, during pathology events so the medical student can be recognized with future pathology colleagues, or during interdisciplinary academic awards presentations. Each institution may decide the best time to present the award; however, it should be presented before the end of the academic year and prior to June 17, 2024. After that date, the CAP will publish the names of award recipients and their respective schools on cap.org.

Nicole Bracewell University of Tennessee Health Science Center
David Kyle Carlson George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Cari Carpenter Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont
Melanie Chan California Northstate University College of Medicine
Chuan Hao (Alex) Chen Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Laraine Cheung Howard University
Emily Cobb University of Mississippi
Joanna Coker UC San Diego School of Medicine
Ryan Cooper Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Carli R. Cox College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Marci Crowley University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Christopher Dilli Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Maya Fares Penn State College of Medicine
James Fleming Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Ariel Flotte Eastern Virginia Medical School
Andrew Gerber University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Michael Goldbeck University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Emily Hatheway Marshall Duke University School of Medicine
Emma Hawkins Medical University of South Carolina
Devin James Hunt The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Aaron Jones State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Sebastian Kolaj Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Lauren Larson Wayne State University
Konnie Le Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jenny Liu Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Nicole Maddie New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Natalie Moore Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Harry Nesta University of Kentucky
Ragini Phansalkar Stanford University
Aaishah Raquib Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest
Stephne Rasiah University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
Jeremy Rouanet University of California Irvine School of Medicine
Sara Sakowitz David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Nikitha Samy John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
Brittany Leilani Mika Pa'ahana Sato John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Bader Semakieh Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ronan Talty Yale School of Medicine
Alex Tannenbaum University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Ian Taylor-Cho Duke University School of Medicine
Niraj Vyas Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Samantha Wahlers University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria Campus
Serina Williams Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute