March 19, 2020

Who won what? Here’s the rundown of the Class of 2020’s award winners

For medical students nationwide, Match Day 2020 is the culmination of years of hard work, the day when thousands learn what residency program they matched with to begin their career as physicians after graduation.

On March 20, at exactly noon EST, our nearly 300 Warrior MDs received an email from the National Resident Matching Program that included the name of the institution they 'matched' with to begin their post-graduation residency in their chosen specialty. We shared in their joy by posting all the Match Day details at

The Wayne State University School of Medicine’s traditional Match Day celebration looked different this year. Like so many medical schools participating in this year’s residency match event, WSU may has been forced to cancel its traditional gathering of faculty, students, family and friends on March 20. However, we were still determined as ever to cheer and celebrate with the M.D. Class of 2020.

The following Class of 2020 award winners, and faculty members, were recognized via video at the Class of 2020 Match Day virtual celebration March 20.

Herman and Eva Blum Endowed Award: Jedidiah Bell


Amelia Stone

Anum Naseem

David Gelovani

Ellen Murphy

Jay Jarodiya

Nikita Desai

Raven Batshon

Herbert Mendelson Enthusiasm for Medicine Endowed Scholarship: David Gelovani

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award – Student:  Jedidiah Bell

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award – Faculty: Richard Bryce, M.D.

Medical Alumni Senior Scholarship Award:  Andrew Bacyinski

Class Marshal:  Barbara Bosch, Ph.D.

Distinguished Leadership Awards:

 Madeline Berschback

Serina Beydoun

Amanda Dooley

Joseph Friedli

Jay Llaniguez

Anum Naseem

Amelia Stone

Voluntary Faculty Award: Richard Bryce, M.D.

Penfil-Tischler Award: Diana Kakos

Superlative Awards: 

  • Best Bedside Manner: Benjamin Farrell
  • Mamba Most Athletic M.D. Award: Brandon Kennedy
  • The Chief You Wish You Had: Chelsea Carver
  • Best Looking (in a White Coat): Paul Zlojutro
  • Bosch's Pet (Most Likely to Attend Lecture): Amanda Dooley
  • Most Fashionable Doc: Ali Ghandour
  • Wilderness Doc (Most Rugged/Resourceful): Megan Pawloski
  • Class Counselor (Best Listener): Diana Alaouie
  • Dr. Mendez Jr. Community Outreach Award: Jedidiah Bell
  • Going to Cure Cancer Academic Prowess Award: Jay Llaniguez
  • Chris Farley Class Clown Award: Anthony Lemieux
  • Mother Theresa (Heart of Gold): Erin Barletta
  • Most Likely to Come Back to Wayne to Teach: David Gelovani