COM Student Doubles Up on “Best Student” Awards

April 6, 2004

Nelson – Best Student Awards
April 6, 2004
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College of Medicine Student Tapped for “Best Student” Awards in Two Fields
A second-year student at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, Christopher Brett Nelson, has won the Best Student Awards in his anatomy and physiology classes. Nelson, a native of Duncan, Oklahoma, received the honors for posting the highest average scores in the classes.
College of Medicine Department of Medical Physiology Professor Dr. Thomas Peterson noted that Nelson’s achievements are not limited to academic performance, but also include a high level of participation in outside and community activities such as the Christian Medical Association. Dr. Peterson said, “Brett has consistently been an outstanding student throughout the duration of the physiology course and is well-deserving of the award as top student.”
Dr. John Gelderd, professor in the college’s department of anatomy and neurobiology, also takes note of Nelson’s commitment to excellence as a medical student. Gelderd related that Nelson’s receipt of the Vesalius Award (as the “best student” award is called in the anatomy department) is the result of Nelson’s top-scoring performance in not one, but three classes the department teaches all medical students – gross anatomy, neuroscience and histology. “Brett is a hard worker – every time I passed by the laboratory I always saw him working, even when some of his fellow students might be off doing other things. He’s going to be a great doctor, and has a great work ethic,” Gelderd remarked.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components located in communities throughout Texas are Baylor College of Dentistry, the College of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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