Dr. Anna Lerant, second from left, assistant professor of anatomy, was named Basic Science Professor of the Year at the annual Carl G. Evers Society banquet April 14 at the Colonial Country Club in Jackson. Also pictured are Basic Science All-Stars, from left, Dr. John C. Kermode, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology; Dr. Sharon Douglas, associate professor of medicine; and assistant dean for education at the VA; and Dr. Michael Hebert, assistant professor of biochemistry. Not pictured is Dr. William Roy, associate professor of anatomy, who also was named a Basic Science All-Star.
Dr. Barbara Craft, center, an internal medicine resident, was honored as the Resident of the Year at the Evers Society dinner. Other residents receiving Resident All-Star awards were, from left, Dr. Henry Chang, surgery resident, and Dr. Jennifer O'Sullivan, pediatric resident. Not pictured are Resident All-Stars Dr. Amber Shiflett, ob-gyn resident; Dr. Sandy McCearly, medicine resident; and Dr. Paul McClusky, surgery resident.
Dr. Jimmy Stewart, center, assistant professor of medicine, received the Clinical Science Professor of the Year award at the Evers Society banquet. Clinical Science All-Star winners included, from left, Dr. Mike McMullan, associate professor of medicine; Dr. Randy Hines, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Jeffery Crout, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Dr. Galen Poole, professor of surgery.
Dr. Anna Lerant’s no-nonsense style of teaching has landed her a spot in the Carl G. Evers, M.D., Society Hall of Fame.
For the second year in a row, the assistant professor of anatomy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) has been named the Basic Science Professor of the Year by the medical students. This marks the fifth time she has received either professor of the year or Basic Science All-Star accolades, which results in an automatic induction into the Evers Society Hall of Fame.
Lerant and Dr. John Kermode, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, were both inducted into the Hall of Fame at the ninth annual Evers Society banquet April 14 at the Colonial Country Club in Jackson.
“I am very honored,” Lerant said. “I wish I could thank all of my students, teachers and everyone I have learned from.”
A native of Hungary, Lerant was honored because her dedication to students is ever apparent, according to second-year medical student Zach Taylor. “Class after class learns to appreciate her efforts to fully realize the potential of education," he said.
Other top honorees were Dr. Jimmy Stewart, an assistant professor of medicine, who won the Clinical Science Professor of the Year award, and Dr. Barbara Craft, internal medicine resident and winner of the Resident of the Year award.
Established in 1996, the Evers Society fosters communication between faculty and students by formally recognizing excellence in teaching.
“This is our way of saying we really appreciate the professors’ efforts and dedication to teaching excellence,” said third-year medical student Anuj Aryal, vice-president of the society.
Third-year medical student Missy Bagwell said Stewart was a great role model, one of the many reasons he was named Clinical Sciences Professor of the Year.
“He has a wonderful life outside of the Medical Center,” Bagwell said. “He is a leader and his greatest attribute is his unwavering faith that guides him in all he does.”
Stewart said he was honored because “teaching and mentoring students and residents are my two biggest priorities at UMC, and it's nice to know that I have a small part in impacting their lives,” he said. “When I look around the room at the other honorees, some of whom had an instrumental role in mentoring me, I am truly humbled to receive this award."
Craft was honored because she is a great teacher, according to third-year medical student Matthew Futvoye.
“It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Craft,” he said. “She is a great teacher, she is very knowledgeable and she is always willing to take the time to teach medical students the challenging points of patient care. She is definitely an asset to the medicine staff.”
Lerant, who joined the Medical Center six years ago, said she was pleased to see some of the students she first taught receiving resident awards.
“I am very happy to see two excellent former students (from the same dissection table) being recognized as excellent resident teachers,” she said. “It is a great reward to witness their success.”
The Department of Medicine won the Clinical Sciences Department of the Year award for the fourth year in a row and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology won the Basic Science Department of the Year award.
Other awards presented at the banquet included the Basic Science, Resident and Clinical Science All-stars. Basic Science All-stars were Kermode; Dr. Michael Hebert, assistant professor of biochemistry; Dr. William Roy, associate professor of anatomy; and Dr. Sharon Douglas, associate professor of medicine.
Resident All-stars were Dr. Jennifer O’Sullivan, pediatrics resident; Dr. Amber Shiflett, ob-gyn resident; Dr. Sandra McCearly, medicine resident; Dr. Henry Chang, surgery resident; and Dr. Paul McCluskey, surgery resident.
Clinical Science All-stars were Dr. Randy Hines, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology; Dr. Galen Poole, professor of surgery; Dr. Jeffery Crout, assistant professor of pediatrics; and Dr. Mike McMullan, associate professor of medicine.