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Highlights of the meeting included the awarding of the Cutter Medal for outstanding service to the field of medicine to Dr. Michael MaraDr. Michael Mara. Dr. Mara  is a graduate of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from the University of Michigan  where he served as President of Zeta Chapter. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and is now associated with the Beacon Hospital in Dublin. Previously he had been in Africa  serving as the Head of Orthopaedic Surgery at the AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya and as the Associate Director of the RCSI/COSECSA Orthopaedic Surgery Training at the same hospital. Involved in international training and disaster relief he has volunteered in many countries through out the world. Honors include the Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award from the University of Notre Dame which is conferred on an alumnus who has exhibited outstanding service to mankind and the Heart of Healthcare Award from the Volunteers in Medicine for his dedication to the poor and disadvantaged in society.

The recipient of the Griffin Medal for service to Phi Rho Sigma was Dr. Gary LeRoy of Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate ofDr. Elisabeth Righter, Dr. Gary LeRoy Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Wright State University in Dayton and now serves as the councilor to that chapter. He has also served the society on the national level where he holds the office of Vice- President. Presently he is Associate Dean of Students of Student Affairs and Administration at Wright State University where he is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine.  In addition, he is a practicing part time at Community HealthCenters of Greater Dayton. Dr. LeRoy gives much of his time back to the Dayton community serving many organizations in various capacities. He is also a past president of the Ohio academy of Family Physicians and has received both the Educator and Philanthropist of the Year award from the Ohio Academy.  Honors include being named as one of America's Most Positive Physicians, Miami Valley Physician of the Year, and the National Council of Community and Justice Humanism Award.

Dr. Elisabeth Righter, Leah Svingen The McLain Medal goes to the undergraduate member who has done outstanding research while in medical school. This year the medal was presented to Leah Svingen of iota Chapter at the University of Nebraska. She has served as President of her Phi Rho Chapter and is the current President of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Leah will graduate in 2018 and plans for a residency in psychiatry.

Other educational sessions were presented by Dr. Julie Best, Dr. Michelle Polich, Dr. Christy Benson and Dr. Gabriel Cuka.


Executive Committee
1st row - l to r -  Dr.Sheryl Mascarenhas, Dr .Elisabeth  Righter, Dr. Julie Best
2nd row - l to r - Dr. Gary LeRoy, Dr. Gabriel Cuka


Elected to serve as officers of the Grand Chapter were: Dr. Elisabeth Righter - President, Dr. Gary LeRoy and Dr. Julie Best - vice Presidents, Dr. Gabriel Cuka- Treasurer, Dr. Casey Drake- Historian and Dr. Sheryl Mascarenhas, Editor. The following undergraduates were elected to serve as Grand Council members: Tayler Bockstock -Theta Tau, Claire Kwan - Alpha, Brooke Kenneda- Alpha Upsilon and Nicole Patel - Zeta. Alternate Undergraduate delegates elected are Brittany Thomas - Eta, Tanner Hannapel - Iota, Sylwia Rychtarczyk - Eta, Eliza Peirine- Theta Tau, and Matt Thomas - Alpha Upsilon. Dr. Righter announce that the following would serve as committee chairs this biennium - Neil Knight, Leah Svingen, Dr. Michelle Polich, Dr. Joseph Wheeler, Dr. Christy Benson, Dr. Wade Swenson, Dr. Patrick Crooks, and Dr. Worthe Holt. Congratulations to all!



Phi Rho Sigma has five goals which every chapter needs to meet each academic year. One of these goals is to promote the concept of medicine as a professional service to society. Our  chapters do a great job of meeting this goal  with their many activities.

At Northwestern members participate as medical volunteers at the Hustle Up the Hancock to provide medical assistance to those making their climb up the Hancock building in order to raise funds for lung disease research. Members also participated in Chicago's March for Science...they did whatever was needed...putting up booths, clean up and provided assistance where needed. 

Zeta members participate in Tag Days with the Galens Medical society to raise money for local  children in need.

Our two chapters in Omaha compete against each other in the Phi Rho games. Each chapter recruited nine teams of six people each and there was a friendly competition with  proceeds going to the Meyer Foundation for Diabetics. Iota also hosts a Phi Rho for a Cause Golf Outing. The golf outing has raised  $6,000 last year for the Meyer Foundation for Disability and is a good way to include the entire medical school, alumni and the community. Project Homeless Connect is a yearly event that hopes to provide/connect Omaha's homeless with much needed healthcare. Eta members give eye exams to attendees and hand out reading glasses to participants. 

Service to others is one of the most important components of Alpha Upsilon chapter. Their programs are many and varied ranging from helping the children at the St. Vincent de Paul Center at Halloween and Valentine's Day, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and Day of Caring Community Wide Pancake Breakfast. Their main philanthropy is their annual Food Drive. This is a community wide food and donation collection and last year provided 12,600 meals to the greater Dayton area.

At Theta Tau members participate in the student-run volunteer clinics such as the Pillsbury House and the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic. they also give of their time and talents to Feed My Starving Children and Loaves and Fishes.



Dr. Carol Drake, President of Iota Benefit, has announced the William Angle Scholarships winners for 2018. These scholarships are given by the Alumni Association and are awarded to senior medical students who are members in good standing of Iota chapter as well as having demonstrated outstanding academic achievement  by being named members of A.O.A. The awards are named for Dr. William Angle, a long time board member of Iota Benefit, whose investment strategies were in a large part responsible for the ability of the board to award the scholarships.

This year the Scholarship winners are Drs. Leah Svingen, Gage Rensch, Jake Long, Nicholas Van Roekel, Gregory Dean and Ashley Janssen. Each will receive a check for $500.00 to further their medical educations. 

IOTA Initiation 2016

Iota Chapter Update from 2015-2016

Phi Rho Sigma Iota Chapter at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has a very active chapter with steadily increasing recruitment numbers over the past few years. This year, there were 58 new members, representing 45% of the IOTA BBQfirst year class. As our chapter does not have a house, we have unlimited membership spots available and encourage all medical students interested in facilitating connections with classmates and alumni to join. Our chapter activities includeIOTA Scottish Rite a variety of educational, philanthropic, and social events. Monthly meetings have ranged from inviting physicians to talk about experiences in private practice, trivia night, white elephant holiday gift exchange, and a back to school BBQ. This fall, we held the First Annual Phi Rho Sigma Alumni Golf Scramble and raised $2,000 for the Scottish Rite Institutes. These funds were used to provide 20 sessions of speech and language therapy to the clients of their clinic. We are appreciative of the continued support from our advisor, Dr. Carol Drake, and from the national chapter.


National President Appointed as Commission Chair

National President of Phi Rho Sigma, Dr. Elisabeth Righter, has been appointed Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice. Dr.Righter has served as President of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians and resides in Dayton, OH.



Halloween PartyHalloween Party Creighton's ETA chapter hosted a Halloween party for Sacred Heart school in Omaha.  Phi Rho's dressed in costumes to man the Coffin Library, giving away books.  Councillor Dr. Drake, as cowgirl Carol, brought the Spooky Pony Ride to life.  There were tattoos for everyone and healthy snacks along with toothbrushes. The highlight was "Monster Operation" overseen by President David Stuart who helped his volunteer "doctors" explore a spaghetti gut and a jello liver among other body parts.

  Members of Theta Tau Chapter at the University of Minnesota ready to represent the fraternity in the Greek Olympics and enjoying themselves at their annual Halloween party.  
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