The Deborah E. Powell, MD Pride in the Profession Award, is awarded each year at the University of Kansas Medical Alumni Association's Graduation Celebration. The award was established by Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen in July 2002 to honor former School of Medicine Executive Dean, Deborah Powell, M.D., who served as Executive Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs from 1997-2002. It is awarded to a senior medical student who most appropriately characterizes the qualities of professionalism in medicine. A permanent plaque is on display in the School of Medicine Dean's Office and each awardee receives a framed certificate and a $500 monetary award.
Barbara Atkinson, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for the School of Medicine presented the 2011 Pride in the Profession Award to Courtney A. Huhn, MD.
Barbara Atkinson, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for the School of Medicine and H. David Wilson, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine - Wichita, presented the 2010 Pride in the Profession Award to Patrick J. Stiles, MD.
Barbara Atkinson, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for the School of Medicine and Garold Minns, MD, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs School of Medicine - Wichita, presented the 2009 Pride in the Profession Award to David Biller, MD.
Barbara Atkinson, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for the School of Medicine and S. Edwards Dismuke, MD, MSPH Dean of School of Medicine - Wichita, and Cindy Bowling President of the KUMC Medical Alumni Board of Directors presented the 2008 Pride in the Profession Award to Blair Thedinger, MD, shown with his parents.
Barbara Atkinson, MD, Executive Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean for the School of Medicine and S. Edwards Dismuke, MD, MSPH Dean of School of Medicine - Wichita, presented the 2007 Pride in the Profession Award to fourth-year medical student Kurt A. McCullough, MD.
Mayra Sanchez, MD'06, was all smiles when she learned she "matched" to a residency at KU Medical Center during Match Day, March 16.
Mayra Sanchez from Sunnyvale, Calif., graduated in May 2006 from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with a host of honors and awards that could have taken her to a residency anywhere in the country. But her heart belonged to Wyandotte County, and she chose to stay at KU Medical Center to pursue a dual residency in internal medicine and pediatrics.
Her commitment to community is one of the qualities that earned Sanchez the 2006 Deborah Powell, MD, Pride in the Profession Award, named in honor of a former dean. The School of Medicine presents this award each year to the graduating student who most appropriately demonstrates professionalism in medicine.
"She truly believes medicine is a calling and that you can change the world if you follow your heart," said Barbara Atkinson, MD, executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center and executive dean of the School of Medicine. "She has already made her mark on the world in Wyandotte County, which is a much better place because of her commitment to service."
As a second-year student, Dr. Sanchez was one of the founding directors of the JayDoc Free Clinic, which is housed in the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care center in Kansas City, Kan. She and other dedicated students recognized a need and garnered the resources to address that need. The clinic is staffed by students from the schools of medicine and nursing, who are supervised by volunteer physicians. Now open two evenings each week, the clinic offers care to the uninsured and underinsured.
"Her energy and passion for medicine is evident in all she does," added Dr. Atkinson.
Because her parents immigrated from Bolivia more than 30 years ago, Dr. Sanchez empathizes with the needs immigrant families. She understands their plight of insufficient healthcare services and vows to do what she can.
"We are all part of this community," Dr. Sanchez said. "We all need to strive together to look out for each other - to help each other. We can't improve if we're not looking out for the person next to us."
Her compassion and community service helped her earn the Latino Minority Medical Student Association's Award and the Matthew Freeman Award in Social Justice.
Garold Minns, MD, Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Internal Medicine - Wichita, presented the third annual Pride in the Profession Award to fourth-year medical student Jennifer Scott-Koontz, MD.
Barbara Atkinson, MD, KU School of Medicine executive dean and vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs, presented the second annual Pride in the Profession Award to fourth-year medical student Matthew Weiss, MD. Donald Hagen, MD, KUMC executive vice chancellor, and Bradley Marples, MD, president of the KU Medical Alumni Association, also participated in the presentation, which took place at the Medical Alumni Association Dinner held May 19 at the Fairmont Hotel. Weiss was nominated for helping establish the free student-run JayDoc Clinic, as well as his volunteer activities on behalf of sick children and adolescents here and in Africa.