Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is awarded annually to an individual who:
- is an alumnus/alumna, faculty, staff or student of NEOMED, or who is a colleague or friend to the University
- through his or her time and talents, has made a significant impact on NEOMED as a result of dedication to teaching, mentoring, volunteering or working for NEOMED. (Preferred nominees will have exemplary service to a variety of aspects of the NEOMED community.)
2017 Award Recipient
“A passion for serving students through every area of career advising for both medicine and pharmacy students has motivated Anita Pokorny to make a positive impact on NEOMED students for more than 25 years,” said Dawn Hubbard, M.D. (’95).
As director of NEOMED’s Career Center, Pokorny prepares students to apply for residency programs and expertly leads them in the job-seeking process. Under her direction, NEOMED’s Career Services program was recognized by the Association of the American Medical Colleges (AAMC) with the 2014 Careers in Medicine (CiM) Excellence in Medical Student Career Advising Program Award acknowledging creativity, innovation and leadership.
In addition to her advising and administrative duties, Pokorny serves as an assistant professor in Family and Community Medicine. She teaches courses in Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine, Human Values in Medicine and the Capstone/Epilogue for the College of Medicine. Pokorny also teaches in the Pharmacy Patient Community Experience course for the College of Pharmacy. Beloved by students and inspiring to her colleagues, she has received more than a dozen Outstanding Service Awards from classes of the College of Medicine, as well as the Olson Blair Award for Administrative Excellence.