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Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Ceremony- September 13, 2006
Front Row (L. to R.): Connie Stoots, Carlenda Smith, Lauren Chipman, Rebekah Swink Back Row (L. to R.): Kevin Burns, Brian Smith, Patrick Macmillan, Wayne Smith, Faculty Advisor Dr. Ramsey K. McGowen, PhD
2006 Recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards Presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation
|Deep Acharya, M.D.||Family Medicine|
|Kais Balbissi, M.D.||Internal Medicine|
|Natalie Duncan, M.D.||Surgery|
|Howard Herrell, M.D.||OB/GYN|
|Patrick Macmillan, M.D.||Psychiatry|
Class of 2006
Kevin Devany Burns
Kevin has a strong commitment to serving poor and underserved populations, and addressing
the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that affect medicine. He spent
five months in Burundi, Africa researching health system problems and their relationship
to international financial institution policies. Kevin also assisted a U.S. based
team to establish a new non-profit organization, Village Health Works, that will support
health care in Burundi. He participated in the 2006 Physician for Human Rights (PHR)
Global Summit in Washington, D.C. Throughout medical school, Kevin has been active
in organizations and projects that focus on international health and HIV/AIDS.
Lauren Tucker Chipman
Lauren believes practicing medicine provides the opportunity to exemplify humanism
on a daily basis. She has shown compassion and interest in serving the community through
various service activities. Lauren volunteered at the Scott’s Farm Migrant Workers
Clinic, where she helped to provide health care to the large Hispanic population that
comes to the area for seasonal employment. She has volunteered at the Church Hill
Free Clinic and helped organize their pharmacy closet. Lauren participated in a medical
mission trip to Ecuador in 2005. For the past three years, she has helped mentor ninth
grade girls in a local church youth group. Lauren also participated in Tar Wars, where
she and fellow classmates spoke with elementary students to promote wellness and discourage
the use of drugs and especially tobacco products.
Rebekah Livingston Swink
Through volunteering at indigent clinics and working in local hospitals, Rebekah has
gained a better understanding of the plight of many Americans. She takes pleasure
in helping provide health care to those in need through health fairs, clinics, and
remote medical expeditions. Rebekah has participated in medical mission trips to Ecuador
and Haiti. Since 2004, she has volunteered with Remote Area Medical to provide care
for indigent populations in the rural southeastern U.S. She has served the rural towns
of Rogersville, Church Hill and Madisonville, TN through educational programs for
high school students and senior citizens, health fairs, and assistance at a free health
clinic. Rebekah says she finds the greatest reward when health care is accessible,
affordable and unadulterated, when the person who benefits most is the patient.
Shefali Yeshawant Paranjape
Shefali has been active in various student organizations and service activities throughout
her time in medical school. She volunteered at the Keystone and Downtown Clinics.
As a Tar Wars participant, Shefali presented smoking prevention programs in elementary
schools. She also presented a STD lecture at Science Hill High School. In 2004-2005,
she served as the AMA Service Project Coordinator. Shefali volunteered at a health
fair in rural Saltville, VA, where she performed general physical exams, health screenings
and phlebotomy. For the past three years, she has been active in the Women’s Health
Student Interest Group, setting up meetings with guest lecturers and promoting breast
Brian Samuel Smith
Brian began volunteering with an emergency medical service at age 20 and has remained
active in community service since. He has taught American Heart Association Basic
Life Support Training for more than four years. Brian is a committed blood donor.
He has over 10,000 volunteer hours in rural Walls, Mississippi as a firefighter and
Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. In April 2006, he provided primary care services
at health clinics in rural Mendota, Virginia and Grundy, Virginia. He volunteered
at a Migrant Farm Workers Clinic, assessing vitals, taking histories and triaging
patients. For the past two years, Brian has organized bicycle safety events and worked
with local police to provide helmets and bicycle safety education to school children.
Carlenda Monique Smith
Carlenda has served as a positive role model for young people by tutoring and mentoring
children in an after school program at Carver Community Center. She also volunteered
with Coalition for Kids, another after school program. For the past three years, Carlenda
has served as a Peer Tutor. She is active in the newly established MS3 Helpline, providing
information and answering questions from students about their third year rotations.
In 2004, Carlenda worked with fellow SNMA members to feed the homeless at the downtown
homeless shelter. Throughout medical school, she has volunteered at the annual Umoja
Festival, taking blood pressure and providing glucose checks.
Wayne Odell Smith
Wayne focuses much of his time and energy on providing care to those in need through
his involvement with Remote Area Medical (RAM). Through the structure of RAM, he has
directly affected the lives of patients through the making of free custom prescription
eyewear. Since 2003, Wayne has participated in more than 20 RAM expeditions in rural
areas of Tennessee and Virginia. He served in several RAM missions in response to
hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In June 2006, Wayne spent a week as a surgical assistant
on RAM's Women's Health Surgical Expedition in Guyana, South America. After graduation,
he plans to continue his involvement with RAM and hopes to be involved in the building
and management of a new hospital run by RAM in Guyana.
Connie has served the community in a variety of ways throughout medical school. As
secretary for the International Health Student Interest Group, she organized community
tutoring sessions for Spanish-speaking children, and assisted in arranging for guest
speakers and movies concerning World Health Issues. While serving as president of
her class, Connie arranged a class donation to the Tsunami Relief Fund. She has helped
prepare and serve food to the homeless as well as 'shut ins' at the John Sevier Center.
She is involved in developing a student/physician mentor program for students interested
in Family Medicine. For the past two years, Connie has participated in the Wellapalooza
Carnical of Health, a university-wide health promotion, by displaying cadaver organs
and discussing the benefits and risks of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles.
Daniel Clay Williams
Dan is committed to fostering interest among young people in the sciences and medical
school. He has served twice as a judge for the annual University School Science Fair.
Dan has volunteered as a student tour guide at Quillen College of Medicine since 2003.In
2003-04, he taught sex education and contraception facts to Science Hill High School
students. Through his involvement in the Women's Health Student Interest Group, Dan
assisted with a single mother's Halloween party. Since 2003, he has served as an intramural
football coach, working as a defensive coordinator and assisting with the 2004-05
ETSU women's intramural championship team. Dan served as treasurer of his class and
treasurer of the American Medical Association in 2003-04.