Thirty-two medical students were honored at the College’s Senior Convocation May 15 at the Cypress inn Pavilion in Tuscaloosa. The students have since begun their residency training in programs across 13 different states.
The College provides clinical education and experiences for a portion of third- and fourth-year medical students enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, which is headquartered in Birmingham. The College’s students were among the more than 182 students who graduated from the School of Medicine during a ceremony in Birmingham on May 17.
“We have an outstanding group of students here,” said Dr. Richard Streiffer, dean of the College, as he welcomed medical students and their families.
“They’ve set the bar high,” added Dr. Heather Taylor, director of Medical Education for the College and an associate professor of Pediatrics. “I am confident in the future of medicine if this is what it looks like.”
During the School of Medicine graduation ceremony in Birmingham, three medical students from the College, which also functions as the School of Medicine’s Tuscaloosa Regional Campus, were presented with prestigious awards. Dr. Jacqueline Parks received The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award, sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and given to a graduating student in recognition of his or her value of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families. Dr. Jamie Powell received the Paul A. Palmisano Award, which is presented for excellence in Pediatrics. And Dr. David Dorn, Jr., received the William Boyd Medal award, presented by the Alabama Association of Pathologists and the UAB Department of Pathology for exceptional performance in Pathology.
Awards given by faculty:
Robert F. Gloor Award in Community Medicine
Drs. Eun Choe and Jacquelynn Parks
Awarded for excellent performance in Community and Rural Medicine.
Family Medicine Award
Dr. Caroline Price
Awarded for excellence in Family Medicine.
William W. Winternitz Award in Internal Medicine
Dr. Bradley Wilson Peden
Awarded for outstanding achievement in Internal Medicine during the third and fourth years.
Dr. Richard Martindale
Awarded for outstanding academic and clinical performance during the Neurology Clerkship.
Pediatrics Recognition Award
Dr. Jamie Powell
Awarded for outstanding interest, ability and the reflection of pleasure in helping parents and their children reach their full personal, social and educational potential.
Peter Bryce Award in Psychiatry
Dr. Michales Graham, Jr.
Awarded for excellence exhibited by a medical student both academically and clinically during his/her Psychiatry Clerkship.
Finney/Akers Memorial Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Duncan Harmon
Awarded to student(s) achieving outstanding academic and clinical success in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
William R. Shamblin, MD, Surgery Award
Drs. Chelsea Wallace and Nathan Wilbanks
Awarded to a student or students with the highest scholastic achievement during their third-year Surgery Clerkship.
Pathology Service Award
Drs. David Dorn, Jr., and Melanie Wooten
This award recognizes a student for service to the Task Force for Forensic Pathology and Crime Laboratory at The University of Alabama.
Interprofessional Excellence Award
Dr. Jacquelynn Parks
This award recognizes the medical student who has best demonstrated excellence in communication skills, respect for staff and patients, and a commitment to working as an effective member of the health care team.
Student Research Award
Dr. Melanie Wooten
Recognition of the pursuit of one or more research projects leading to a presentation or publication during the clinical years of medical training.
Scholastic Achievement Award
Dr. Chelsea Wallace
Awarded for superior performance in the clinical curriculum.
William R. Willard Award
Dr. Caroline Price
Established by the Bank of Moundville, this award is presented for outstanding contributions to the goals and mission of the College of Community Health Sciences as voted by the College faculty.
Larry Mayes Research Society Members
The Larry Mayes Research Society exposes University of Alabama School of Medicine students on the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus to research going on within the larger University of Alabama campus, encourages engagement in research within the College of Community Health Sciences and The University of Alabama, and provides opportunities to present their research at a bi-annual Larry Mayes Research Society faculty dinner
Dr. Stevie Bennett, scholar
Dr. Jody Joynt, scholar
Dr. Chase Mitchell, fellow
Dr. Shwega Patel, scholar
Dr. Jamie Powell, scholar
Dr. Caroline Price, scholar
Dr. Susanna Raley, scholar
Dr. Neeraj Sriram, scholar
Dr. Sandral Hullet Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Arnelya Cade
The Dr. Sandral Hullet Endowed Scholarship was established in 1992 from gifts given by the Capstone Health Services Foundation and proceeds from the 1991 Fiesta Bowl to honor Dr. Hullet, one of the first African-American Family Medicine residents to graduate from The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency.
Frank Fitts Jr. Endowed Scholarship
The Frank Fitts Jr. Endowed Scholarship was created by Cynthia Ford Fitts (now Thomas) to address the needs of medical students who bear a high debt load upon graduation from medical school. The scholarship was named in honor of her late husband, Frank Fitts Jr., great grandson of J.H. Fitts, who established The University of Alabama’s first endowed scholarship in 1903.
Franklin G. Edwards V Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Henry Ennis
The Franklin G. Edwards V Memorial Scholarship was created in 2013 by friends and family of Franklin G. Edwards V to support a medical student who might one day find a cure for leukemia.
Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship
Larry Mayes was an outstanding member of the class of 1986 who died while on an elective rotation in Africa during his senior year. Larry’s family and friends have created a scholarship fund in his memory to promote a broader understanding of international health care and of the health needs of underserved areas of this country. The award is presented to a rising senior to complete an international elective or an elective in an underserved area of this country.
Awards given by students:
Faculty Recognition Award (Junior Year)
Dr. Joseph Wallace
Awarded for outstanding contributions to undergraduate medical education during the students’ junior year.
Community Preceptor Recognition Award
Dr. Julia Boothe
Awarded to a community preceptor for outstanding contributions to undergraduate medial education.
Patrick McCue Award (Senior Year)
Dr. A. Robert Sheppard
Awarded for outstanding contributions to undergraduate medial education during the students’ senior year.
Resident Recognition Award
Drs. Katie Gates and Jason Clemons
Awarded for outstanding contributions to medical education
James H. Akers Memorial Award
Dr. Melanie Wooten
Awarded to a graduating senior for dedication to the art and science of medicine.