The Howard A. Graney Surgery Fund rewards exceptional students and residents in the surgery discipline and supports excellence in education and advanced training to meet the needs of the 21st century.
Dr. Howard A. Graney trained in surgery and practiced at Des Moines General Hospital after graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy) in 1933. He helped to establish the surgery residency program at Des Moines General and was involved in training and mentoring many surgeons throughout his honorable career. The Howard A. Graney Surgery Fund was established in his honor in 1999 to enhance the education of students and residents preparing to enter surgical careers.
Activities and awards sponsored by the Howard A. Graney Surgery Fund include an award for undergraduate writing on a historical aspect of surgery, undergraduate and graduate awards for demonstrated outstanding teaching and leadership and additional educational and training opportunities in surgery at all levels.
Howard A. Graney Award for Undergraduate Writing in the History of Surgery
Each year the surgery department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine gives this award for the most outstanding paper written on a historical aspect of surgery that encompasses some of the most important and interesting aspects of medicine.
Congratulations to Meghan Wooster, D.O. ’14, the 2011 recipient of the Howard A. Graney Award for Undergraduate Writing in the History of Surgery, for her outstanding paper entitled “Escape from a Greater Affliction: The Historical Evolution of Amputation.”
Read Meghan’s paper (pdf)
Teaching assistant awards
The Howard A. Graney Surgery Fund provides award funding for the recognition of teaching assistants who exhibit advanced and outstanding commitment and skill performance in the teaching of the Basic Surgical Skills laboratory during the previous academic year.
Congratulations to Jesse Nelson, D.O.’14, Meghan Wooster D.O.’14, and Meredith Ward, D.P.M.’14, the 2011-12 recipients of the outstanding surgery teaching assistant award.
Howard Graney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Surgery
The Howard Graney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Surgery recognizes a graduating DMU medical student entering the field of surgery who has demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical practice, academics, leadership and professionalism in surgery by meeting established criteria during the second, third and fourth years.
Class of 2012 recipient
Congratulations to Krystle Lange, the D.O. Class of 2012 recipient of the Howard Graney award for outstanding achievement in surgery.