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Posted: June 02, 2003

BENAVIDES AWARD GOES TO TOP MEDICAL STUDENT


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Terry Hashey, DO, is the 2003 recipient of the Leo Benavides Memorial Award, an honor given annually to a graduating senior of UNT Health Science Center's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The award was presented to Dr. Hashey during the Fort Worth Rotary Club's May 16 meeting to recognize his service to the community and his leadership as a medical student.

His involvement at the health science center includes serving as president of the TCOM Class of 2003 and a volunteer teaching assistant for the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, where he assisted fellow students in learning the principles of osteopathic manipulation therapy.

Before medical school, Dr. Hashey graduated magna cum laude from Jacksonville University with a bachelor of science in biology. He also received his master's degree in health science education from the University of Florida, where he specialized in public health education.

Dr. Hashey's interest in medicine started while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. His experiences with the U.S. Coast Guard led him to become an emergency medical technician. Dr. Hashey has continued to serve for the past three and a half years as a first lieutenant in the Texas Army National Guard.

He is now participating in a family practice residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla.

"I want to bring back a part of old fashioned medicine that holds high the ideal of the physician being a part of the lives of his patients," Dr. Hashey said.

The award is named in memory of the Tarrant County Medical Society's late executive director, Leo Benavides, who was killed in an auto accident in 1993. Established in 1997, it is sponsored by Osteopathic Health System of Texas and the Tarrant County Medical Society. The award, given annually, includes a prize of $1,000 and an individual plaque for each recipient. A sustaining plaque naming the recipients is prominently displayed in the hall of honor at the health science center.

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