2013 Whitehead Medical Society Student Awards

Medical students vote for their classmates for a variety of awards honoring academic excellence, compassion, and commitment to ideals.

The Brett J. Pearce and Lauren K. Brown Memorial Award
Brett and Lauren were treasured classmates who through their strength of character and courage in the face of illness have inspired those who had the privilege of knowing them to be better people and better doctors. In their memory, this award was created by the Class of 2004 to honor a senior medical student who shares their qualities of generosity and compassion for those in need, dedication to service, and unwavering commitment to high ideals.  This senior, nominated and chosen by classmates, has made a significant contribution to the education and personal growth of his or her peers.

William McLean


Heusner Pupil Awardwh9
Rising fourth-year medical students are nominated by classmates for this award, established in 1964 by friends of Dr. A. Price Heusner. Recipients show a great capacity to grasp the principles of science, to heal the sick, to comfort the troubled, and to be humble before God.

David DeWeese

Joseph Robert Grubbs

William McLean

Joel Moore
Amy Nayo
Sonya Vipul Patel
Vishal N. Rao



wh10The Frank Lee Dameron Award
The Class of 1975 established the Dameron Award in memory of their classmate to recognize his achievements as a medical student and his commitment to return to his hometown in a medically underserved area of the state to practice medicine. The recipients are committed to practicing primary care in an underserved area of North Carolina.

Amy Nayo
Carolyn Wakeman





The James A. Bryan Ⅱ Award

This award is a tribute to Dr. James Bryan II, who during more than three decades of service to the UNC School of Medicine, has taught, mentored, and befriended countless students and instilled in them an unwavering commitment to compassionate patient care. Created by the Class of 1999, the award honors a graduating UNC medical student who embodies the spirit of Dr. Bryan by improving the medical school community and bettering the educational experience of fellow medical students.

Hannah Hang Yin

The William deB. MacNider Award

wh13This award was established in 1950 by the sophomore class and promotes public commendation of sophomore medical students who possess various intangible traits of good character as shown by Dr. Billy MacNider.

Brian Timothy Antono
Brian Blank




Lucius Blanchard Carolina Family Loyalty Fund Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded to four first-year medical students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, strong curiosity, leadership qualities, and commitment to service, and in some cases, financial need.

Blessing Aghaulor
Matthew Cousins
Amanda Gambill
Daniel Gardner

wh14The Alan W. Cross Social Medicine Paper Award


Jenny Jiayan Shen

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