Peter Svider Memorial Resident Scholarship Award

GME is pleased to announce the winner of the first Svider Award:
Mehdi Farshchian, MD, PhD
Dermatology resident, Class of 2022. Congratulations!

  Dr. Mehdi Farshchian, left, with Dermatology Program Director Dr. Steven Daveluy


The Svider Award is given in honor of the scholarly achievements, clinical excellence, and exceptional collegiality of Dr. Peter Svider, who completed a residency from the WSUSOM Dept. of Otolaryngology in 2018. Dr. Svider wrote more than 250 peer-reviewed publications and 8 book chapters. He died in 2021 at the age of 34.

The Chair of the WSUSOM Dept. of Otolaryngology Ho-Sheng Lin observed that "For those of us who had the privilege of knowing him, Peter was the person you wanted to hang out with. He was genuinely a good-hearted person who was also funny. He would have your back anytime and would give all to help a friend in need."

The Svider Award is given once annually to a graduating resident or fellow in any GME program in recognition of distinctive achievement in scholarly activities across the entire period of training. The Svider Award provides GME and program leadership with an opportunity to publicly commend a resident who has achieved a high level of scholarly productivity that reflects the ideals of graduate medical training.

The awardee receives a plaque and a letter of commendation from the Associate Dean of GME. The awardee is also featured in GME and WSUSOM publicity and social media outlets.

Award criteria:

  • The resident or fellow applicant should be in good standing in her/his program and will complete training in one of GME's eight programs in the year the award is given.
  • Scholarly activities under consideration include conference abstracts, posters, or presentations (either presented in person or virtually) and published articles. All must be accepted for publication or presentation by the application deadline (April of each year). Scholarly activities may be single-author or co-authored. GME Seed Grant awards as well as other types of grants are considered as scholarly activities.
  • A trainee may self-nominate or be nominated by program faculty, a faculty mentor, or another resident.

Submission requirements:

  • Full CV or resume
  • One-page letter of application detailing major scholarly activities achieved during residency

Application deadline:  April 24, 2023

Send application materials to GME Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga, PhD, at

Awardee announced:  June 5, 2023

Questions?  Contact Research Coordinator Heidi Kenaga