Congratulations to Natalie Voskanian ('05) for receiving
the 2004-2005 Fretom Research Fund award!
The Fretom Research Award is given to a graduating medical student receiving the highest score on the Clinical Practice
Exam. The founders of this award, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas H. McGavack, wish that these funds be used to assist and
encourage a worthy student to complete his or her studies in one or more branches of the medical sciences.
Natalie has been a very active member of UCSD's School of Medicine community. She has served admirably as her class
representative to the Student Affairs Committee, and, as a committed educator, she worked with a faculty member in
charge of the Molecular Biology segment of the Cell Biology and Biochemistry course to develop a syllabus and convert
course material to PowerPoint slides. She has also been active in student government. As a student representative of
the California chapter of the American Medical Association, Natalie was able to attend the annual convention in
Sacramento where she lobbied on behalf of medical interests and learned firsthand what it is like to actively influence
statewide legislation. As Lab Coordinator for the Student-Run Free Clinic, she was able to impact the lives of
underserved Spanish-speaking residents of San Diego by doing their lab tests and giving immunizations. She plans
to continue in community involvement through professional organizations and volunteer work throughout her career.
We congratulate Natalie on the Fretom Research Award and wish her great success in her medical career.