Two students from the University of Bridgeport’s College of Chiropractic (UBCC) have won awards from the Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA), which each year recognizes top-performing chiropractic students from across the U.S. who demonstrate exemplary leadership and professionalism.
Emma Summers, a senior, received an Outstanding Service Award.
Yevegeniya Boyko, also a senior, won an Excellence in Leadership Award.
“I’m so proud of them,” said Matthew Funk, an associate professor of clinical services at UBCC who currently supervises both students in their fourth-year clinical rounds. “I had them in classes when they first came to the College, so this is especially gratifying for me to see their skills recognized nationally.”
Boyko became involved with SACA in her first semester. “I liked the idea of a place where motivated students could come together to achieve lasting changes in our profession,” she said.
Boyko has served the National SACA Legislative Committee as the vice legislative chair, acting as liaison to chiropractic colleges nationwide, the American Chiropractic Association, and to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, among other organizations. She was also a member of the organizing committee for the 2010 National Chiropractic Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
Summers co-created and currently chairs the SACA Integrated Healthcare Committee, which highlights integrative and collaborative models and opportunities in health care that utilize chiropractic. She also established a scholarship, sponsored by the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and SACA, which annually sends one student from each chiropractic college in the U.S. to the annual ACC RAC conference.
Summers said her three years volunteering with SACA “provided with exposure to an organization that is reaching amazing goals for the profession and what it means to be a leader—which plays a huge role in being a doctor, both for patients and for raising the bar of health care.”
David Brady, Vice Provost of the UB Health Sciences Division, added: “Our students have shown once again that they take seriously their role as future leaders in their respective health professions. The time they dedicate to engaging in professional matters, requiring significant time and effort above and beyond their required course study, is admirable. Congratulations to the UBCC students Emma Summers and Yevgeniya Boyko, who have both received national recognition for their service and leadership. You continue to make UB proud.”