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Osmosis Raise the Line Faculty Awards

Osmosis from Elsevier is excited to announce that we received over 1,000+ nominations covering 375 institutions globally for 2022 Osmosis Raise the Line Faculty Awards.  The Faculty awards recognize the inspirational educators who are responsible for training the next generation of healthcare professionals and are constantly helping to “Raise the Line” by increasing the capacity of healthcare systems worldwide. Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners! Please scroll down to see the the 2022 Osmosis Raise the Line Faculty Award Winners.

Nominations are now closed for 2022, please subscribe to get notified for other opportunities.

Congratulations to the 2022 Winners!


Grand Prize Winner: Kishore Gopal Banerjee – Manipal University College of Malaysia

Category Winners: Hilal Arnouk - Midwestern University | Mostafa Belghasem - Kaiser Permanente Bernard J Tyson School of Medicine | Imanni Sheppard - Carle Illinois College of Medicine |  Danielle Cohen - Leiden University Medical Center


Grand Prize Winner: Elizabeth Hendricks – New Mexico State University

Category Winners: Angel Butron - DePaul University | Janice Umezulike-Johnson - Lee college |  Anthony Filippelli - Rutgers School of Nursing |  Philip J Nelan - Queensborogh Community College


Grand Prize Winner: Michael Moore – University of Michigan – Flint 

Category Winners: Andrew Nevins - Stanford University | Amanda Ingalls - University Southern California | Michelle Dibaise - AT Still PA | Dayna Jaynstein - Red Rocks Community College

Other Healthcare Professionals

Grand Prize Winner: Athanasios Hassoulas – Cardiff University

Category Winners: Sinky Zheng - University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry | Nicole Piemonte - Creighton University School of Medicine-Phoenix |  Mariusz Panczyk - Warsaw Medical University |  Kenric Ware - South University

Student Advisor 

Grand Prize Winner: Susan Spielberg – Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Category Winners: Heather Boger - Medical University of South Carolina | Monika Wróbel - Vincent Pol University | Marcie Stansberry - AT Still Learning Advisors |  Diana Speelman - Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Grand Prize Winner: Joanne Baxter – University of Otago

Category Winners: Toni Ganzel - University of Louisville School of Medicine | Diana Eccles - University of Southampton School of Medicine | Jane Valentine - King's College London GKT School of Medical Education | Michael Toze - Lincoln Medical School - Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln

Anatomy & Physiology

Grand Prize Winner: Nicolene Lottering – Bond University

Category Winners: Christian Moro - Bond University | Doris George Yohannan - Government Medical College Thiruvananthapuram | Jan Spodnik - Medical University of Gdańsk | Danya Stone - Brighton and Sussex Medical School


Grand Prize Winner: Theodosia Adanu – University of Ghana Medical School

Category Winners: Witold Kozakiewicz - Medical University of Lodz | Karina Kletscher - Creighton University School of Medicine-Phoenix | Rhonda Altonen - Touro Osteopathic College of Medicine |  Jennifer Santos - Touro Osteopathic College of Medicine

2022 Osmosis Raise the Line Faculty Awards Categories

Faculty members were nominated in one of these categories

  • MD/ DO

  • RN/NP

  • PA

  • Other Health Care professional

  • Student Advisor

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) 

  • Anatomy

  • Librarian

What do Osmosis Raise the Line Faculty Awards winners receive?

Top 4 winners of each category will receive a celebratory card, Osmosis swag, complimentary access to multiple Elsevier products, and will be featured on The grand prize winner of each category will receive a gift certificate, will be invited to be a guest on the Raise the Line Podcast and so much more!

The Osmosis Values

Nominate an educator who embodies one of Osmosis’s core values:

  • Start with the heart

  • Reach further

  • Imagine more

  • Open your arms

  • Spread joy

  • Have each others’ backs

2022 nominations are now closed

Nomination FAQs

This award will be granted to top faculty around the world. Recipients will be featured on the Osmosis website, blog, and social media, and will receive Osmosis prime access, access to Elsevier products and so much more!

Who is eligible?

Applications are open globally, and awards will be granted to top faculty in the following categories: MD/ DO, RN/ NP, PA, other healthcare professional, student advisor, DEI, Anatomy and Librarian. The more nominations a faculty member receives, the better their chances of winning, so encourage your classmates and colleagues to join in!

How long should the application take? 

The application includes: (1) basic personal information, contact information, and details of the faculty you're nominating; (2) a short questionnaire; and (3) a video submission of no more than 5 minutes in length. With thoughtful consideration, we estimate it taking approximately 5 minutes to complete.

What will my nominee win?

Winners will receive a celebratory card, Osmosis swag, complimentary access to multiple Elsevier products, and will be featured on Most importantly, faculty will get the satisfaction of knowing how much of an impact they’ve made on their students' lives.

How do I receive my Nomination funds? 

Nomination winners will be notified in December. We’ll work with the winners to arrange the award. 

Are the Osmosis Raise the Line Faculty Awards open internationally?

Yes, these awards are open to faculty members all over the world.

I don’t have time to record a video. Can I still nominate a faculty member?

Video submissions are optional, but highly encouraged. Read the contest rules below for full details.

Can I nominate more than one faculty member?

Yes, you can nominate up to three different faculty members. The more times a faculty member is nominated, the greater their chances of winning, so invite your classmates/colleagues to join in!

Can I nominate a faculty member for the Award if they have previously won the nomination? 

Prior winners are ineligible to be nominated again.

When will I hear back from you?

You will receive a confirmation email to confirm your application submission. We will notify everyone in December. 

How are nominees evaluated?

Nominees will be chosen by a selection committee of Osmosis professionals on the basis of quality, application completion, questionnaire responses, and the optional video submission. 

Congratulations to the 2020 award-winning faculty

Medical Professionals

Category Winners: Ritcha Saxena, MBBS, MD - Medical University of the Americas | Lina Shehadeh, PhD - University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Jayendra Bajracharya - Nepal Army Institute Of Health Science | Cheryl Vanier, PhD - Touro University Nevada

Registered Nurses

Category Winners: Annmarie Lyles, PhD, RN - Herzing University-Madison | Laurie Badzek, LLM, JD, MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN - Penn State | Lisa Nikel, DNP, ARNP-C - Rasmussen College | Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, MHS, RN, FAHA, FPCNA, FAAN - Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Nurse Practitioners

Category Winners: Melissa Penkalski, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, AE-C - Missouri State University | Teresa Gwin, EdD, RN, GNP - Samuel Merritt University | Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing | Xiao Hu, PhD - Duke University

Physician Assistants

Category Winners: Amber Teigen, MMSc, PA-C - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences | Enrique Fernandez, MD, MSEd, FAAFP - Florida International University | Brianna Cardenas, PA-C, ATC - University of LaVerne | Shaun Curran, MPAS, PA-C - University of Utah

Healthcare Professionals 

Category Winners: Andreas Herrler, PhD - Maastricht University, Veterinarian Medicine | Eric Wellman, MS, NRP, CCEMTP - Southern Maine Community College, Paramedicine/EMT | Erin Bons, Loyalist College, Paramedicine | Krishana Sireesha Sundaragiri, MDS - Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Department of Dentistry

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