Graduating medical students received sage advice from Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, the dean of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, at the annual Senior Convocation hosted by the College of Community Health Sciences and held at the Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa on May 16.
The College provides clinical training for a cohort of third- and fourth-year medical students enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, which is headquartered in Birmingham. The 29 students honored at the convocation were among the more than 160 students who graduated from UASOM during a ceremony in Birmingham on May 18.
Vickers delivered the convocation keynote address and presented his “5 Cs” of being an excellent physician: care, competence, character, courage and collaboration.
Having a caring attitude in examining patients will be of the utmost importance, Vickers said to the students. “You have to be all in, all the time.”
He said that while the students have been highly trained at the College of Community Health Sciences, which functions as the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus for UASOM, they will need to be lifelong learners. “At the end of the day, your patient needs someone who is competent and willing to go that extra mile to make sure the patient is taken care of.”
Vickers said at some point in their careers, students’ characters will be put to the test, and when that happens they’ll need to exercise courage.
“It will take courage on your part to always put your patient first, even when it seems like it may cost you.”
His final “c,” collaboration, often goes hand-in-hand with communication, he said.
“That collaborative spirit and ability to communicate is important for your success and for the outcome of your patient.”
Vickers said the faculty, students’ family and friends and the students themselves should be proud of their hard work and accomplishments.
“If you look at the spectrum of everything you can do in the world, there really is nothing like waking up and knowing you can make a difference every day in someone’s life.”
Awards were also presented:
Awards given by faculty:
Robert F. Gloor Award in Community Medicine— Paige Ivey Partain, MD
Family Medicine Award — Brittney Tenae Anderson, MD
Family/Rural Medicine Preceptor’s Award — Julia Boothe, MD, MPH
William W. Winternitz Award in Internal Medicine — Justin Edward Vines, MD
Neurology Award — Richard Minton Feist, Jr., MD
Pediatrics Recognition Award — Brittany Shea Richardson, MD
Pediatrics Service Award — Sarah Helen Gammons, MD
Peter Bryce Award in Psychiatry — Mary Katherine Leonard Thrower, MD
Finney/Akers Memorial Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology — Justin Edward Vines, MD
William R. Shamblin, MD, Surgery Award — Samuel Edmond Ford, MD
Larry Mayes Research Society Scholar — Brittney Tenae Anderson, MD
Larry Mayes Research Society Members — Daniel Kent Partain, MD; Paige Ivey Partain, MD; Brittany Shea Richardson, MD
Student Research Award — Benjamin Todd Raines, MD
Scholastic Achievement Award — Justin Edward Vines, MD
William R. Willard Award — Brittney Tenae Anderson, MD
Awards given by students:
Faculty Recognition Award (junior year): Heather Taylor, MD
Patrick McCue Award — A. Robert Sheppard, MD
Resident Recognition Award — JD Engelbrecht, MD
James H. Akers Memorial Award — Justin Edward Vines, MD
Most Likely to Make You Laugh During Morning Report — Samuel Lessley Ardis Douglas, MD
Most Likely to Wear a Suit to Clinic — Zachary Luke Farmer, MD
Most Likely to Wear Heels to Clinic — Danielle Sheree Franklin, MD
Most Likely to Leisurely Read JAMA — Daniel Kent Partain, MD
Most Likely to be Seen on Television — William Hampton Gray, MD
Most Likely to be Late for Work on July 1 — Zachary Luke Farmer, MD