College of Community Health Sciences faculty Dr. Daniel Avery is a 2015 recipient of the Martha Meyers Role Model Award, an honor given to alumni of the University of Alabama School of Medicine who have made great contributions to medicine and patient care.
Avery, director of Medical Student Admissions and professor of Community and Rural Medicine at the College, was presented with the award by the Medical Alumni Association of the School of Medicine at a reception on Aug. 16 just before White Coat Ceremony for the University of Alabama School of Medicine, which was held at its main campus in Birmingham.
One of the College’s functions is to serve as the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus for the School of Medicine and provide clinical education for a cohort of third- and fourth-year medical students.
The award is named after Dr. Martha C. Meyers, who graduated from the School of Medicine in 1971 and served as a medical missionary in Yemen until her death at the hands of a Yemeni extremist in 2002. The award is given as a reminder that a physician’s impact extends beyond the professional realm and into the community the physician serves and can inspire future generations of physicians.
Avery says he was honored to be recognized as a role model.
“To me, there is no greater honor than training the next generation of physicians,” he says.
In addition to receiving the Award, Avery’s biography and photo will be added to the Martha Myers Role Model Display, housed in Volker Hall in study areas and student concourses at the School of Medicine. The display is intended to inspire medical students by highlighting accomplishments of physician alumni whose lives epitomize the ideal of service to their communities.
Avery graduated from the School of Medicine in 1982. He is also the Medical Laboratory Director and Medical Review Officer for University Medical Center, which is operated by the College, and he is professor and division chief of Pathology. He served as the Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College from 2006 to 2015. He has provided outreach prenatal care to Demopolis, Ala., and Winfield, Ala., both of which are rural, underserved areas and where the provision of OB/GYN and prenatal care is critical.
“Congratulations to Dr. Avery for his recognition as a terrific role model for all of our medical students,” says Dr. Richard Strieffer, dean of the College.
Medical students at the College were also honored at the White Coat Ceremony. Wyman Gilmore, Russell Guin and Elizabeth Junkin, all from the Class of 2016, and Steven Allon and Courtney Newsome of the Class of 2017 were recognized at the ceremony for being inducted into the Gold Humanism Society
The society is a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation established to recognize medical students, residents and faculty who practice patient-centered medical care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.