H.O.W. Announces the 2013-2014 
Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award Recipients
Alejandro Landa   Ashley Taggart
Florida International University    University of Miami 
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine   Miller School of Medicine
"During my clinical rotations as a third year medical student, I was lucky and blessed with the opportunity of rotating through the gynecological oncology service. I was able to have a little taste of what a career in gynecological oncology would entail."  

"The Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award gave me the opportunity to see the inner-workings of a specialty that I originally thought would not be for me. My primary goal was to gain clinical and research experience, but I finished the program with much more than that."

Johanna Elizabeth Kreafle   Crystal Nhieu
University of Miami   Florida International University 
Miller School of Medicine   Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

"I learned a great deal about Gynecologic Oncology, a specialty that I am considering for my career in medicine."



  "The Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award has been such an amazing experience and definitely sparked my interest in gynecologic oncology. I say this, mainly because I feel that this unique specialty has so many aspects to it, and that is what I deem important in a career choice."
Kelly Schwirian   Logan Blankenship
Florida State University   Florida State University 
College of Medicine   College of Medicine
"After this experience, I can confidently say that I am definitely considering doing a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology, and I’m very grateful to the H.O.W. Organization for facilitating this life-changing experience for me."  

"The experience I gained was invaluable and one that has tremendously peaked my interest in pursuing Gynecologic Oncology, I found a passion for this great specialty."


Manju Korattiyil   Mirelys Barrios
Florida International University   University of Miami
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine   Miller School of Medicine
"Overall, this experience has been rewarding. This award allowed me to gain knowledge about the field of gynecologic oncology. I thoroughly enjoyed it."  

"I realize there is still much to be investigated, discovered and many lives to be saved, which makes me hopeful and excited about what the future holds for this field."

Misha Pangasa   Rachel Thompson
Weill Cornell Medical College   University of Miami
    Miller School of Medicine
"The month of elective time I spent working at MSKCC was a vital and inspirational component of my medical education, and I will certainly keep the skills, knowledge, and patient stories I acquired during this time with me throughout my career."  

My summer participating in the Dr. Robert c. Knapp Medical Student Award program was the type of experience I have been seeking since the day I started medical school, or rather since the day I decided I wanted to be a doctor. 

Richa Taneja   Sara Pauk
University of Miami   Weill Cornell Medical College
Miller School of Medicine    
"The Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper (H.O.W.) Foundation provided me with the chance to experience so many things for the first time and truly exposed me to a career in Gynecology Oncology."   "Overall, this experience vastly improved my knowledge of and increased my interest in the field of gynecologic oncology. I will be applying to an OB/GYN residency and hope to eventually pursue a fellowship in the field."
Sasha Gourgue   Shimoni Kacheria
University of South Florida   University of Central Florida
Morsani College of Medicine   College of Medicine
"Although ovarian cancer is known as the “whisper killer,” my experience has shown me that the diagnosis of ovarian cancer is a very loud whisper that challenges it’s patients, their families and healthcare providers."    
Thomas Capasso   Nancy Ringel
Florida International University   Brigham and Women's Hospital
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine   Harvard Medical School
"I consider the H.O.W. Scholarship an amazing opportunity to experience a field of medicine that medical students rarely get enough exposure to.  The dual emphasis on primary care and surgical care is unique to gynecologic oncology and what makes the field so special."  

"Through this mentorship, I was able to gain insight into what it means to practice as a Gynecologic Oncologist."





The Dr. Robert C. Knapp Medical Student Award was established in 2011, and allows medical students to shadow a board certified gynecologic oncologist during their elected session. Priority will be given to Florida medical students. The students receive a stipend of $3,000 and if they present at a recognized society, H.O.W. will contribute an additional $2,000 toward expenses.

"These exceptional students will be exposed to a wide array of gynecologic oncology practice activities and advanced research experience," said Jennifer McGrath, program administrator for H.O.W. "With this award, H.O.W. hopes the students will be inspired to consider a career in gynecologic oncology."



Jennifer McGrath
Executive Director
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