Richard Godby is the recipient of the 2017 Louise Rauh Scholarship, presented annually by the Women’s Faculty Association of the Department of Pediatrics. The scholarship is awarded to a fourth year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine based on excellence in academic performance, leadership skills, community service, resourcefulness, and financial need.
A member of the 2017 class of the UC College of Medicine (UCCOM), Mr. Godby’s academic performance has been outstanding. His clinical evaluations describe him as a student with gifted interpersonal communication skills who was quick to help anyone on his team. Mr. Godby was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Mr. Godby was very productive in any time outside of the classroom while in medical school. He engaged in research regarding the mechanobiology of NOTCH signaling in heart aortic valve disease with Dr. Robert Hinton at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. He won the Cleveland Clinic Award for Best Medical Student Oral Presentation at the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research at their 2013 annual meeting. Mr. Godby was involved in numerous volunteer activities, including over 100 hours of volunteer time at Cincinnati Children’s, MedVoUC, medical student tutoring, multiple medical school committees, including being co-chair for Homeless Health for the UCCOM Initiative on Poverty, Justice, and Health and the UCCOM Engineering in Medicine Student Organization. He intends to further his training with potential fellowships in human genetics and hematology-oncology.
The Rauh Scholarship honors Louise W. Rauh, MD. A 1928 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Rauh practiced Pediatrics in Cincinnati’s Northside community from 1934-1950. She then joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati General Hospital where she continued working until 1985. She founded both the Newborn Service and the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic. She educated, mentored, and inspired students at the College of Medicine. She also continued to provide excellent care for the children of Cincinnati through the Babies’ Milk Fund Clinics.