MEDICAL STUDENTS FETE TOP EDUCATORS AT ANNUAL EVERS SOCIETY BANQUET
Dr. Jeffrey D. Crout, associate professor of pediatrics, may well be on his way to the hall of fame.
For the second consecutive year, Crout received the Clinical Science Professor of the Year Award at the Carl G. Evers, MD, Society Awards Banquet. Should he continue to gain recognition by his medical students for outstanding instruction, he may draw consideration for the society’s ultimate honor.
“While walking through the halls of Batson Hospital at 9:30 in the morning, if you see a huddled group of residents stretching as if getting ready for a marathon, they are just preparing to spend time with this professor,” said Russ Johnson, M3. “He let it be known from the beginning that he expected much from us.
“He has a true love for medicine and for teaching. He pushed us to know more and to be better. He has a great pride in and love for what he does.”
Similar sentiments were expressed for all of the award recipients at the 12th annual banquet April 10 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Established in 1996, the Evers Society fosters communication between faculty and students by formally recognizing excellence in teaching.
“Tonight we celebrate education at its best,” said Christy Walters, M3. “We honor the teachers and professors that contribute to our success.”
Walters recognized the eight members of the Evers Society Hall of Fame, faculty who had received awards “for so many years that we retired them from continuous nomination,” she said.
Hall of Fame members include Dr. Bernard J. Dreiling, professor of medicine; Dr. John C. Kermode, professor of pharmacology and toxicology; Dr. Anna A. Lerant, associate professor of anesthesiology; Dr. R. Davis Manning, professor of physiology and biophysics; Dr. John P. Naftel, professor of anatomy; Dr. John W. Norton, associate professor of psychiatry; Dr. Mervyn (Dick) Smith, associate professor of medicine; and Dr. Louis B. Yerger, Jr., former associate professor of orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Helen R. Turner, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, gave a brief overview of the society’s origin and its namesake, who served as assistant dean for student affairs from 1973-78 and associate dean for academic affairs from 1978 until his death in 1992.
“(Dr. Evers was) well-known and well-respected for his work in medical education, both in-state and nationally,” Turner said. “He was described by Dr. Norman Nelson (vice chancellor emeritus for health affairs) in this way: ‘Dr. Evers was a superb physician, an excellent teacher, a nationally known medical educator. He worked closely with every one of our medical school classes and (was) . . . the kind of faculty on whom the students could depend.’
“I later had the pleasure of working with Dr. Evers. I think the term that best describes him is ‘student advocate.’ I think it’s appropriate that the student organization should be named for Dr. Evers, and I think he would be delighted with how well it’s done for the past 12 years.”
Faculty also recognized as outstanding student-advocates during the banquet included:
* Dr. N. Anthony Moore, professor of anatomy, was named Basic Science Professor of the Year. Cassandra Stein, M2, said Moore is “truly interested in the students’ well-being and is dedicated to us being the best students we can be. He is one of the professors you can’t imagine being without.”
* Dr. William Daley, assistant professor of pathology, was named a Basic Science All-Star. “He expects students to perform well and does anything he can to make it happen,” said Sara Martin Ball, M2. “He exemplifies all that is great in the medical profession. He has an attitude of sincere care for each and every student.”
* Dr. Matthew Hunt, house officer in surgery, was named a Resident All-Star. “Surgery is never a procedure to him, but always a learning opportunity,” said Ginny Arrington, M3. “There was always a scramble on OR days between the students to see who would get to scrub in with this resident. He always has a good attitude, regardless of pressure. He’s always teaching, working hard and never complaining.
* Dr. Emily A. Rogers, house officer in surgery, was named a Resident All-Star. Jessica Gullung, M3, used alliteration – “fair, fearless, feisty, female” – to describe Rogers’ finest qualities. “She is definitely one of the residents you can always find with a smile on her face. In a world of boys, she holds her own. It’s really encouraging to me and to other women in the field to see someone who does it so well. We really appreciate her example.”
* Dr. William H. Sorey, associate professor of pediatrics, was named a Clinical Science All-Star. David Macias, M3, said although Sorey’s knowledge of pediatrics is “great,” he is “adored by patients and their families because of his ability to calm them and because of how well he treats patients. He has a knack for teaching students without belittling them. He touches the lives of children in Mississippi just by influencing the care many of them will receive for generations to come.”
* Dr. Jimmy Stewart, associate professor of medicine, was named a Clinical Science All-Star. “I deeply respect this physician, and it is a blessing to call him a friend,” said Carter Payne Milner, M4. “He is an extraordinary person who has seen his calling to medicine. The way this physician cares for his patients and students will have a great and lasting effect on Mississippi.”
The Department of Anatomy was recognized as the Basic Science Department of the Year.
Justin Qualls, M2, said students felt like they were in medical school “when we started with this department.”
“They introduced us to our first patient, they allowed us to hold and examine a human brain, to look at a cell through a microscope,” Qualls said. “This department is filled with people who are organized and dedicated. We will always remember these teachers and how dedicated they were to us.”
The Department of Internal Medicine was recognized as the Clinical Science Department of the Year.
“The faculty as a whole is incredibly approachable and ready to answer any questions we had,” said Seth Compton, M3. “They demonstrate a great bedside manner that gives students a reminder of why we wanted to become physicians. The entire department took the time to get to know us as people as well as students and they made an effort to educate every student, regardless of specialty.”
Dr. Ranjan Batra, associate professor of anatomy, and Dr. John E. Stupka, house officer in medicine, were not able to attend the banquet. They were recognized as a Basic Science All-Star and Resident of the Year, respectively.
Sarah Abston Sterling, M4, Evers Society president, closed the ceremony by thanking the faculty and residents for their continued support of the students.
“We hope you treat these awards as a small token of our respect and appreciation,” Sterling said.
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