Maria E. Shaker, M.D., is already well on her way to becoming an exceptional physician. Although Shaker received her medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine just days ago, as a student she demonstrated leadership, integrity, academic success, compassion and other qualities essential for a top-caliber medical professional.
For all of these reasons, the medical school honored Shaker with the 2010 Dean's Award during a commencement ceremony for the class of 2010 on Friday, May 28, in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. The award is presented annually to a member of the graduating class who displays a strong commitment to academic excellence, embodies empathy and compassion toward others, exemplifies personal integrity and professionalism and has earned the respect and trust of classmates and faculty.
"Maria is an exceptionally gifted human being who excels at any endeavor," said Howard M. Part, M.D., dean of the medical school, when he announced Shaker's award at the ceremony. "She is truly a leader who gives of herself to fellow students and the community, and is highly regarded by her colleagues."
In addition to the Dean's Award, Shaker received the American Medical Women's Association Glasgow-Rubin Certificate of Commendation for Academic Achievement, for graduating in the top 10 percent of her class. She also received the Nicholas J. Thompson Award based on her commitment to a career in obstetrics and gynecology and outstanding performance in obstetrics and gynecology during the clinical years.
Even while sustaining her academic success, Shaker made time to volunteer often, tutor first-year students and participate in many activities, and she received several notable honors during medical school. She sat on multiple medical school committees, served as vice president of the WSU chapter of the American Medical Students Association and was secretary of her class. She was inducted into both the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, which she also served as president. In her senior year, Shaker received the Janet C. Thomson Memorial Scholarship and was named Outstanding Fourth-Year Student by the Academy of Medicine.
A native of Cleveland, Shaker graduated from Magnificat High School, earned a B.S. in molecular and cell biology and pathobiology from the University of Connecticut and earned a master's degree in anatomy from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. Following graduation, Shaker will return to her hometown and former school to enter the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at University Hospitals Case Medical Center at CWRU.