Recognition of Professionalism: Honor Awards

Each year there are scholarships awarded by the College of Medicine through the Office of Student Affairs which recognize medical students who, in an exemplary manner, demonstrate the humanistic qualities that have historically been associated with the "Art of Medicine."

Among these characteristics are the abilities to recognize the role of healer in relieving anxiety and a sense of caring. Individuals are selected for one of these scholarships based on compassion, empathy, effectiveness in communication and sensitivity to the social and cultural needs of patients. Professional behavior demonstrated toward colleagues, other associates in health care, and to our patients is also very important.

Bland W. Cannon Scholarship

Albert M. Hand, M.D. & Family Merit Scholarship

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

Bland W. Cannon Scholarship

The Bland W. Cannon Scholarship was established in 1989 by the late Dr. Bland W. Cannon, his family, and friends to recognize junior medical students who "demonstrate a high degree of respect, empathy, compassion and humanism for the patients on the part of the physician in addition to a high degree of scholarship."

Each year, the Bland W. Cannon Scholarship selection committee accepts and reviews nominations submitted from the junior class, department chairs and clerkship directors.

Bland W. Cannon Award Recipients

Class of 2014

  • Joshua Bakke
  • Ludwig Francillon
  • Benjamin Jones
  • Bryauna Lewis
  • Samuel Marcrom
  • Charles Schlappi
  • Cannon Faculty Award: Laura Sprabery, M.D.

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Albert M. Hand, M.D. & Family Merit Scholarship

The Albert M. Hand Scholarship was established in 1998 by Dr. and Mrs. Albert M. Hand and family to recognize junior medical students who have "demonstrated scholarship, excellent personal qualities, as well as a clinical and professional potential."

Each year, the Hand Scholarship selection committee accepts and reviews nominations from from the junior class, department chairs and clerkship directors. Awardees are chosen by Dr. and Mrs. Hand upon recommendation of the Office of Student Affairs.

Albert M. Hand Award Recipients

Class of 2014

  • Jensen Hart
  • Benjamin Maddox
  • Megan Ward

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Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

In 2008, the UTHSC College of Medicine was approved by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to receive grant dollars in support of our first annual Student Clinician's Ceremony and the Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award. Each year, third year students select up to six residents to receive The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award (online application), based on their "demonstrated commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients and families, students and colleagues."

Each award winner is presented with a certificate, a specially designed gold lapel pin and a check for $250 from The Gold Foundation. The awardees are also showcased on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

  • John Nelson, M.D.
    General Surgery
    Memphis
  • C. Asa Reynolds, M.D.
    General Surgery
    Memphis
  • John Sharpe, M.D.
    General Surgery
    Memphis
  • Charles Swift, D.O.
    Internal Medicine
    Memphis
  • Joshua Worthington, M.D.
    General Surgery
    Chattanooga
  • Shane Kelley, M.D.
    Internal Medicine
    Knoxville

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