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  Iota Benefit Scholarship Winners

The 2016 William Angle/Iota Benefit winners were Dr. Seth Bernstein and Dr. Lindsay Klug. to be eligible for these scholarships a person must be an active Iota chapter member at the University of Nebraska  and be a member of AOA. Each person received a $500.00 check from the Iota Benefit Alumni Association.
  2017 Grand Chapter Meeting

Phi Rho Sigma's Grand Chapter in 2017 will be held in Tampa, Florida in June. The dates are the weekend of June 9th and 10th and the venue will be the Tampa Marriott Westshore Hotel. Highlights of the meeting will include the awarding of the gold medals for outstanding service to both the profession of medicine and to our society. The Student Research award will also be awarded to a member of Phi Rho who has submitted an outstanding research paper.


Phi Rho Sigma celebrated its 125th anniversary at the Grand Chapter meeting held in Tampa June 12th and 13th. Irving S. Cutter MedalPresident Elisabeth Righter, M.D. reported that our society is continuing to meet the needs of today's medical students and that this past academic year we initiated more new members than in the past ten years.

The Irving S. Cutter Medal for outstanding contribution to medicine was presented to Dr. Stanley M. Goldberg of Minneapolis, MN, an initiate of Theta-Tau chapter at the University of Minnesota. Known throughout the world for his work in Colon and Rectal Surgery, he is currently a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Jesse Ansley Griffin Medal

James L. Jackson, M.D. was awarded the Jesse Ansley Griffin Medal for his outstanding contribution to Phi Rho Sigma. an initiate of Alpha Chapter at Northwestern University, Dr. Jackson has been involved with our society since attending his first Grand Chapter meeting as a medical student. He has served in many positions and was elected National President in 2007. Dr. Jackson is an ophthalmologist and lives in Midland,MI. Paul L. McLain Research Award

The Paul L. McLain Research award recognizes research done by a member during his/her medical education. This year the award went to Kale Bongers of Mu chapter at the University of Iowa. He is currently a MD/PhD student and will graduate in 2016 with his graduate studies in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. 

Educational programs included presentations by alumni members covering topics such as Hospital Experiences in China by Dr. Joseph Wheeler, From Medical School to Residency by Dr. Christy Benson, New Physician Pearls by Dr. Sheryl Mascarenhas and Medical Innovations : From Concept to Bedside by Dr. Michael Jung


Officers Swearing In


Elected to lead Phi Rho Sigma for the next two years are the following:

President - Dr. Elisabeth Righter, Alpha Upsilon
Vice- Presidents - Dr. Gary Leroy, Alpha Upsilon and Dr. Julie Best, Pi
Secretary/Treasurer - Dr. Gabriel Cuka, Iota  
Historian - Dr. Casey Drake, Iota
Editor - Dr. Sheryl Mascarenhas, Alpha Upsilon

Representing our medical students on the Executive Council are the following:
Undergraduate Delegates - Neil Knight - Alpha Upsilon, Anna Wethington - Eta, Michelle
Polich - Iota, and Crystal Donelan - Theta-Tau. Elected as Alternate Undergraduate Delegates are Suvai Gunasekaran - Alpha, Nicole Hogan - Alpha Upsilon, Hsin  (Cindy) Lee- Zeta, Sarah Stucker - Mu and Zhaohui Hu - Mu.

  Creighton's Eta Chapter Keeps Busy  
  Creighton Picnic
Eta Chapter celebrated the beginning
of the 2014-2015 year with a BBQ at
counselor Dr. Carol Drake's home.
Creighton Halloween
We celebrated Halloween with the
kids from Sacred Heart School.
Creighton Board
Phi Rho Board Members from left to right. Front row: Dr. Carol Drake (Conselor), Katherine Lester (Treasurer), Annie Do (President), Victoria Lim (Recruitment chair), Mary Funke (Vice President), Eric Nippoldt (Social chair). Back Row: Keegan Gies (Social chair), Michelle LaFranchi (Recruitment chair), Katherine Niegisch (Vice President), Claire Spellman (Secretary).

1000 Pounds of Food was Raised

The Eta (Creighton University) and Iota ( University of Nebraska Medical Center) work together each year on a community service project .In 2011 both chapters collected  canned food items to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland. Bins were placed on each campus for collections and food was collected prior to the Creighton vs. Nebraska basketball game. A total of 1000 pounds of food was raised between the two chapters. Additionally the alumni associations of each chapter donated $500.00 to the Food Bank.

In 2012 the two chapters teamed up again to collect personal hygiene items with all items going to the Porto Clinic, a free clinic for the underserved. Again bins were set out on each campus and by the end of the collection period over 350 items were collected and donated. Eta chapter won the friendly competition this year and the two chapters celebrated with a joint social. 


Nominations for Medalists

Highlights of our Grand Chapter meeting include the presentation of our two most prestigious awards...the Irving S. Cutter Medal and the Jesse Ansley Griffin Medal. Nominations are now open for candidates to receive these medals in 2015...if you know of an alumni that you feel we should consider for these awards please notify the Central Office. 

Remember...The Irving S. Cutter Medal is presented to a member of Phi Rho Sigma who has made an outstanding contribution to medicine. The Jesse Ansley Griffin Medal is given to a member of Phi Rho Sigma for outstanding service to the society.

Site and Dates of 57th Grand Chapter Announced Grand Hyatt Pool Tampa, FL

Grand Hyatt Hotel Tampa,FL

The 57th Grand Chapter Convention of Phi Rho Sigma will be held in Tampa, Florida in June of 2015. The host hotel will be the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and we will meet on June 12th and 13th. All alumni are invited to attend. Details will be available from the Central Office after January 1, 2015. 


Mu Chapter Starts New Tradition

Mu chapter at the University of Iowa hosted a Match Day Breakfast for all seniors in the medical school...the breakfast was a huge success and did much to alleviate the nerves of the students as they looked forward to see where  the next step in their medical education would take them.



The 56th Grand Chapter Convention was held in Chicago on June 14 - 15, 2013. The meeting took place at the Allerton Hotel which is located just a few blocks away from the Northwestern University School of Medicine which is where the Alpha chapter was founded.

Highlights of the meeting included:Dr. Sigel

Presentation of the Irving S. Cutter Medal to Dr. Melvin Sigel of Minneapolis, MN. This medal is given to an member of Phi Rho Sigma who has made an outstanding contribution to medicine.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota and a member of Theta Tau chapter, Dr. Sigel has been active in the Federation of State Medical Boards and led the organization as President. He was also twice President of the Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Adler

Dr. Alan Adler, Indiana University, 2011 Griffin Medal recipient for service to the society spoke about the changes that have taken place in Phi Rho Sigma during his years of membership.  He cited the admittance of women to membership, the change from being known as a fraternity to a society, and the formation of the Phi Rho Sigma Foundation.

"From Medical School to Residency" was presented by Dr. Christy Benson, University of Iowa.  
A discussion of Social Media, Physicians, and Professionalism was facilitated by the following Undergraduate members of the Executive Council: Dr. Matt Downen, University of Iowa, Joe Wheeler, University of Nebraska, and Juan Reyes Genere, University of Minnesota.  


President - Elisabeth Righter, M.D., Alpha Upsilon
Vice President - Gary Leroy, M.D., Alpha Upsilon
Vice President - Gabriel Cuka, M.D., Iota
Secretary/Treasurer - Julie Best, M.D., Pi
Historian - Casey Drake, M.D., Iota
Editor - Sheryl Mascarenhas, M.D., Alpha Upsilon

Undergraduate Delegates - Michael Jung - Alpha, Michelle Pequet - Eta, Siri Hill - Theta Tau, LaTashia Irving - Alpha Nu

Undergraduate Alternate Delegates - Priya Larson - Theta Tau, Brennan Tesdahl - Mu, Alyssa Newton - Zeta, Ben Grams - Iota, Joe Giacalone - Mu Executive Council 

Additional members of the Executive Council appointed by the President include:
Advisory Council Representative - Dr. Worthe Holt
New Physicians Chair - Dr. Christy Benson
Social Media Chair - Joe Wheeler
Councilors Chair - Dr. Matt Downen
Chapter Communications Chair - Juan Reyes Genere
McLain Research Award Chair - Dr. Wade Swenson


Current Grand Chapter Officers

2011 - 2013

President: Elisabeth Righter, Alpha Upsilon

  • Vice-President for the US: Gary Leroy, Alpha Upsilon
  • Vice-President for Canada: Gabriel Cuka, Iota
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Julie Best, Pi
  • Editor: Sheryl Mascarenhas, Alpha Upsilon
  • Historian: Casey Drake, Iota

55th Biennial Convention of Grand Chapter

June, 2011 - Orlando, Florida

The 55th Biennial Convention of the Grand Chapter was held in June, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.

Grand Chapter medalists: Lamar S. McGinnis, Jr., Chi Alpha -- Irving S. Cutter Medalist (for service to medicine); Worthe Holt, Pi -- Jesse Ansley Griffin Medalist (for service to Phi Rho Sigma); Alan Adler, Pi -- Jesse Ansley Griffin Medalist (awarded in absentia); and Wade Swenson, Theta-Tau -- Paul Larimer McLain Student Research Award.

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