Tara Hagopian, a third-year medical student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT).
Hagopian is one of eight Texas medical students to receive one of the scholarships this year — the second year the scholarships were awarded. The winners were recognized during the luncheon at the TMA Fall Conference on Sept. 30.
The scholarships were created to recognize academically gifted Texas medical students who are interested in finding creative ways to enhance patient safety, and who can communicate their ideas in a short essay.
“The essay topic was a TMLT closed claim study that we had to read then discuss the risk management considerations of the case,” Hagopian said. “I discussed the actions and lack of actions of the doctors in the case that led to the allegations of medical malpractice and what could have been done to prevent the outcome.”
Scholarship recipients were chosen based on each student’s academic achievement, financial need and written essay. Winning essays are posted on the TMLT web site (www.tmlt.org) and in TMLT’s bimonthly newsletter, the Reporter.
A native of Corpus Christi, Hagopian received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Texas A&M in Corpus.
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