Student Excellence Award - Collette A. O’Connor, MD

Collette O'Connor.

A native of Massachusetts, Collette A. O’Connor, MD Class of 2023, graduated with honors from Boston University and worked as an emergency medical technician and yoga teacher prior to medical school.

As a medical student, she was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, serving as vice president, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. O’Connor participated in award-winning research in medical student wellness and urology. She held leadership positions with the DEAC (Delivering Equal Access to Care) Clinic and numerous near-peer teaching and mentoring roles. At the height of the pandemic, she volunteered with fellow students to assist hotel shelter residents deemed to be high risk for COVID-19 complications in navigating the evolving health care system. Her interest in legislative and patient advocacy brought her to Washington, D.C., twice during medical school.

She will continue medical training in Kansas City, with residency in urologic surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center.