Post-Graduate Member Best Paper Award

In 2022, the Post-Graduate Member Steering Committee reviewed several abstracts submitted by PGM members for consideration of a newly created award. The Award was initially funded by Dr. Peak Woo, a past president and benefactor of the ALA, for a two-year period.  In 2024, this scientific presentation award received a generous donation from Dr. Robert H. Ossoff  and was named the Robert H. Ossoff, DMD, MD Post-Graduate Member Best Paper Award.  This award is established to encourage and reward post-graduate member participation in the scientific program during the annual meeting. Dr. Ossoff was instrumental in establishing this category to encourage fellowship trainees to become involved with the ALA prior to becoming an Active or Corresponding Fellow.

The PGM group has energized our development campaigns like few other areas of our ALA.  The transition of Post-Graduate Members to the ALA’s Active and Corresponding member categories is a testament of hard work to achieve their goals of growth within the Association.  The success rate is more than 90%.

The inaugural winner in 2022 was Rupali Shah, MD (University of North Carolina) and  Neel Bhatt, MD (University of Washington) received the award.  This year’s winner will be announced during COSM 2024.

Post-Graduate Members Breakfast Symposium

Another Past President, Dr. Gerald Berke, elected to fund and sponsor the Gerald S. Berke MD Annual PGM Breakfast Symposium. Planned by the PGM Steering Committee, Dr. Berke’s gift is a continuing example by our former leaders who realize the importance of supporting the endeavors of our rising stars.  The Symposium is held during the ALA meeting and has brought some cutting-edge and useful information to attendees ranging from one speaker to a panel discussion. With this funding, the PGM Symposium will be a major event for many years.

The ALA is extremely grateful to Dr. Ossoff and Dr. Berke for their contributions.  We encourage other valuable Fellows to donate to the Sustainers Fund so we may continue to increase our efforts in research and programs.