Student Achievements & Accolades

Pitt's School of Medicine students deserve great recognition for all of their continuous hard work. They display selfless attributes through volunteerism and various activities, which are extremely humbling and rewarding on multiple levels.

Please feel free to reach out to OMED for additional accolades or achievements that are not mentioned. We are proud of you!


Randall Family Big Idea Competition: The Big Idea Competition awards $100,000 in total prizes thanks to the generosity of Pitt trustee and alum Bob Randall, and his family. Pitt's Medical School team wins $25,000 top prize with platform for recycling biomedical waste. The following were part of the winning teams!

  • 1st place ($25,000): Polycarbin
    • Noah Pyles, Jon Cohen, & James O’Brien 
  • 2nd place ($15,000): Sterile Vision 
    • Stephen Canton & Dukens LaBaze (Ortho resident)
  • 4th place ($2,000): PENY (Patient Experience Navigator) 
    • Eva Roy & Anjana Murali

Pitt Med Students Step Up to Deliver Life-Sustaining Medication: '​A bond between five University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine students is fueling a movement of volunteerism during the COVID-19 pandemic.' Click the link for the full article on how Ben Zuchelkowski & Tejasvi Gowda teamed up with faculty and fellow peers to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Produce to People Program: Dr. Thuy Bui and her Pitt Medical Students team volunteer once a month to deliver farmer's market produce and medical attention to patients in their homes. 


SEC Student of the Month

April: 412Med Team (Ben Zuchelkowski, Sarah Minney, Carly O’Connor-Terry, Tejasvi Gowda, and Jane Kwon) for their outstanding and continued work to support frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March: Ruby Holland for her work TAing for the Neuroscience course.


Student Accolades

Michelle Zhang

Brandon Smith

Humza Ahmed

Cristine Oh & Grace Zhang