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Med student Alex Cruz earns AOA research fellowship

First-year medical student Alex Cruz was recently awarded a research fellowship from the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

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First-year medical student Alex Cruz

The fellowship, the 2012 AOA Carolyn l. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, includes $5,000 in support while he conducts his research over the next year. He is to present his results to the selection committee next summer, as well as at the group’s national meeting.

His research project focuses on prostate cancer and is titled “Assessment of Acute and Late Toxicity from Treatment of Prostate Cancer with External Beam Radiotherapy, Low-Does Rate Brachytherapy, and/or High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy.”

His mentor for the project is Matthew Biagioli, MD, a radiation oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Students, residents, alumni, and faculty are chosen not only for their high academic standing, but for leadership among their peers, professionalism and a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community, as well.

AOA has 120 chapters in medical schools throughout the United States and has elected more than 150,000 members since its founding. Nearly seventy-five percent of deans of U.S. medical schools are members of AOA.