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MCOM student earns college’s version of Triple Crown

Abby Pribish, class of 2018 MD candidate at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, is the first MCOM student to earn acceptance into the Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism and Robert A. Good honor societies.

Abby Pribish, fourth-year medical student at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, is the first MCOM student to be inducted into the three prestigious medical honor societies; Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism, and MCOM’s Robert A. Good.  She received notice of her acceptance into the honor societies in Spring 2017 and will be inducted in the Spring of 2018.

“Considering how competitive the class of 2018 is and knowing there are students smarter than me, it’s humbling to be part of all three honor societies,” said Pribish, a central New Jersey native. “I wouldn’t be at this point without the support of all my peers, coaches and career advisors. I’m very grateful to all of them for their help throughout the last four years.”

Although the criteria for induction vary among the honor societies, one remains consistent.  All applicants must be in good academic and professional standing and must reflect the highest values in medicine.

Pribish has been an active volunteer for MCOM’s Tampa Bay Street Medicine team, where she serves a co-president.  The team provides basic health care for the homeless population through medical outreach directly on the streets and through student-run clinics.

“This accomplishment truly speaks to Abby’s character as a compassionate and hard-working student,” said Kira Zwygart, MD, MCOM associate dean of student affairs.  “I’ve seen her grow into a very competent and capable soon-to-be doctor, and I know that she has done everything she needs to do to be the best doctor she can be and take great care of her patients.”

Pribish’s research interest revolves around addiction medicine and medical conditions in the homeless and underserved communities as well as other groups that don’t really have a voice in the community, she said.  “Working with underserved communities is a passion for me. There is a lot of work to be done.”

Pribish was accepted into the honor societies in Spring 2017 and will be inducted in the Spring of 2018. She said she hopes to enter a residency in internal medicine after graduating from MCOM in 2018.

Story and Photo by Fredrick J. Coleman