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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.
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.


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.



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.



Project CURA is a student run program at Creighton University School of Medicine  which sends students abroad to experience various cultures, understand global health disparities, and inspire personal growth through service. Through partial grants from the Phi Rho Sigma Foundation twelve members from Eta chapter were able to participate in this program. Our students traveled to Romania, India, Guatemala, Cambodia, and Thailand. The next issue of the Journal will publish excerpts from the reports sent in by the students.


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).

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.  
    Theta Tau Minnesota Halloween Party Theta Tau Minnesota Halloween Party    

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. 

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