Linh Vo, a first-year student in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, has won the first annual Nicholas and Anna Ricco Ethics Essay Award.
The ethics award distinguishes University of North Texas students’ essays on ethical behavior in his or her focus of study or field of business.
Linh Vo received the $1,000 award for an essay that examined physicians’ duty to give patients complete information about their treatment options, rather than selecting their preferred option and making decisions for the patient. in what it is a written call on the importance of remembering the vulnerability of patients when they go to see doctors.
Essays were submitted by first-year students from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Health Professions. The dean of each school appointed an academic panel of three faculty members, that evaluated the essays’ purpose and clarity.
Nicholas Ricco said that he was impressed by all the students who participated and highlighted the particular importance of ethics for young people entering the medical field.
“It was a thrill to have these bright, young people giving ethics a great deal of thought,” Ricco said. “That is why we enjoy doing this.”
The ethics award was created when Nicholas and Anna Ricco, of Carrolton, gave an endowment to the Health Science Center. The Riccos have established similar awards in 13 other programs at the UNT.