WWAMI Student Awards

Arthur Schaible Anatomy Award

The Arthur Schaible Anatomy Award is presented to the first-year medical student of the UAA WWAMI Biomedical Program who best demonstrates excellence in the study of Human Gross Anatomy. The award is presented in memory of Arthur B. Schaible. Dr. Schaible first came to Alaska in 1938, and he became a prominent surgeon in Interior Alaska. He also had a long association with the University of Alaska and served on the Board of Regents from 1961 through 1969.
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Jon B. Syren Award

The Jon B. Syren Award recognizes a first-year medical student in the University of Alaska Anchorage Biomedical Program who has demonstrated personal qualities of character, integrity, and compassion, combined with a commitment to and promise of community service in medicine. It is presented in memory of Jon Benedict Syren, who began his medical training in Anchorage in the fall of 1989 as a member of the first class of WWAMI students enrolled in the Biomedical Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. 
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Xavier Engle Spirit Award

In honor and memory of Xavier Engle, the Alaska WWAMI Medical Education Program has established the Xavier Engle Scholarship for Alaska WWAMI medical students, at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In recognition of Xavier's academic excellence and outstanding personal achievements beyond medicine, the recipients will have demonstrated intellectual curiosity, passion and achievement in and outside of healthcare.
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Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation Award

WWAMI Student Androcles "Andy" Lester, a UAF graduate, is the recipient of the $5,000 Greater Fairbanks community Hospital Foundation Award.  He accepted the award at the UA Foundation Board of Trustees' annual meeting in November 2010.


The Greater Fairbanks community Hospital Foundation set up the award to honor the Cardiology Task Force, which was instrumental in bringing the first cardiologist to Fairbanks.  Applicants must be a UA graduate and first-year WWAMI student who intends to return to Alaska to practice medicine.

Aurthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship

The American Medical Association Foundation has awarded the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship to Alaska WWAMI student Cassie Iutzi. The scholarship is awarded to a medical student who graduated from a high school in Southeast Alaska that has consistently received academic honors.  Iutzi will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help defray medical school expenses.

Iutzi is a third-year medical student in the WWAMI program.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage after graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School.  She is also pursuing a master's degree at the UW School of Public Health, Department of Global Health.

Pursuing her international health interest, Iutzi has volunteered since 2004 in a Nicaraguan clinic as a medical interpreter.  At the same clinic, she completed a practicum studying patient satisfaction and participated in the clinic's community education and women's health groups.


Her global view is complemented by a dedication to her local roots, and she plans to participate in the WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience in Juneau in the latter part of her third year.

She has taken a leadership role during medical school, serving as co-director for the Alaska class' Family Medicine Interest Group, founder of the Access to Care group and director for Casa Latina Health Education, providing education on various health topics to Latino populations.

Douglas Harryman Award

WWAMI student Dana Kerr was honored with the University of Washington Douglas Harryman Award.  The award is given to the UW medical student who best represents the characteristics valued in Orthopedic surgeons: professionalism, integrity, the ability to communicate effectively, teamwork, clinical skill, technical skill, and life balance.  Dana has worked with Dr. Greg Schmale on pediatric septic arthritis and osteomyelitis, and has done Pediatric Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Trauma clerkships at UW.
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