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NEWS | November 8, 2012

Pathology resident receives national award for leadership

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Third-year pathology and laboratory medicine resident Rebecca Jung-Hee Sonu received a 2012 Resident Representative Leadership Award from the American Society for Clinical Pathology on Nov. 2 at the society's annual meeting in Boston.

Rebecca Sonu © UC Regents Rebecca Sonu © UC Regents

The competitive award recognizes the career achievements of young pathologists and their efforts to advance the discipline through research and mentoring. It also provides grant funding to support attendance at the annual conference.

"Rebecca truly models the pathologist of the future and is on a strong trajectory to become a true leader in pathology and laboratory medicine," said Lydia P. Howell, professor and chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at UC Davis.

"She is a young clinician and scientist who is well-prepared for changes in the field, including point-of-care and genomic and molecular testing. She has demonstrated leadership in many ways, from serving as an assistant editor for Lab Medicine, the society's journal for laboratory professionals, to inspiring medical students and residents to consider pathology as a career and our department for training. We are very proud of her!" Howell said.

Before beginning her residency training at UC Davis, Sonu was a postdoctoral fellow and clinical consultant in the Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory and UC Davis Point-of-Care Technology Center. Working on an exploratory project that aimed to develop a novel point-of-care device for blood-donor screening, she provided expertise in hematology/transfusion medicine. The project, a collaboration with the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratory, was funded with a supplemental grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Sonu earned an undergraduate degree in general biology at UC San Diego and a medical degree from Ross University. She will serve as chief pathology resident in 2014-2015, followed by a hematopathology fellowship at UC Davis.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the world's largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Our mission is to provide excellence in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals across the globe. With more than 100,000 members, the society's influence has guided the application and evolution of the pathology and laboratory medicine specialty since 1922.