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Pennsylvania GeriatricS Society

Western Division

DAVID C. MARTIN AWARD - $84,500 awarded to medical students


The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the David C. Martin Award: Mr. Tyler Paras and Ms. Vivianne Oyefusi, each  second-year medical students attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Each awardee’s abstract was accepted for poster presentation by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) at their 2019 Annual Scientific meeting, scheduled for May 2-4 in Portland, Oregon.  Mr. Paras’ abstract was also selected for presentation as a poster during the Presidential Poster Session. Abstracts                            receiving the highest scores through the peer review process are included in the Presidential Poster Session.

Locally, awardees will be formally recognized at the 2019 Clinical Update in Geriatric Medicine dinner symposium, scheduled for April 25, 2019, where each will be presented with a certificate of excellence and honorarium. The honorarium will aid in defraying expenses to attend the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting to present their work.

The award, established in 1999, provides an honorarium of up to $1,500.00 to medical students, including students studying other healthcare disciplines (Pharmacy and Physical Therapy) from our region to attend the Annual Conference of the American Geriatrics Society. Candidates must meet the award criteria and abstract guidelines and be selected by the Board of Directors.

Since its inception, the Society is proud to have awarded over $84,500 to area medical students interested in the field of geriatric medicine.

Ms. Vivianne Oyefusi, 2019 DCM Awardee with Namita Ahuja, MD, President.

The award was named after David C. Martin, MD, (pictured far right of photo) who established the first geriatrics fellowship in Pittsburgh, PA. The ultimate goal of this prestigious award is to encourage and prepare future physicians in the field of geriatric medicine.

 DCM Award

Medical students, including students studying other healthcare disciplines (Pharmacy & Physical Therapy) from the PAGS-WD region* whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the AGS Conference will be contacted by the Society, once verification of accepted abstract/poster is confirmed by the American Geriatrics Society. 

This prestigious award supports students’ interest in geriatrics. The honorarium defrays the cost of travel expenses for recipients to attend the American Geriatrics Society national conference to present their work

Contact Nadine Popovich, administrator by email to npopovich@acms.org or phone (412) 321-5030 to inquire about award criteria and to confirm eligibility.


*Region of the Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society Western-Division: Pittsburgh, New Castle, Erie, Greensburg, Johnstown, Altoona, DuBois, Bradford, Williamsport, Harrisburg.


The 2020 application process will begin January, 2020.

If you have been notified by the Society of your eligibility for the David C. Martin Award, please proceed with the application process below.

 In order to be considered a candidate for the award, download the application and please attach the following with the completed application:

·         A copy of your AFAR/AGS Presentation Acceptance Letter

·         Accepted abstract

David C. Martin, MD (far right), whom the award is named after, with DCM Awardees

About us

The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older persons. It is a non-profit organization of physicians and other health care professionals committed to the provision of quality health care for older persons.

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Pennsylvania Geriatric Society - Western Division
713 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-321-5030  FAX 412-321-5323

Nadine Popovich - Administrator

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