May 12, 2022 — Behind every great student is a wonderful teacher who inspires their pupils to grow as a learner and an individual. At the UF College of Medicine, the graduating medical school class annually honors one instructor with a special award named for one of history’s great teachers, Hippocrates.
“He was the ultimate role model and mentor, displaying humanism and professionalism,” said Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., during a ceremony at the George T. Harrell, M.D., Medical Education Building on May 10. “This award is a great opportunity for our students to thank someone who made a significant impact on their lives as they embark on their own clinical journeys.”
At the ceremony, class of 2022 president James Davis announced Ryan Nall, M.D., ’09, as this year’s winner of the Hippocratic Faculty Award.
Davis said Nall, an associate professor and clerkship director in the division of general internal medicine, embodies the characteristics of the award’s namesake and that he made a notable impression on the class.
“When I realized I was interested in internal medicine, Dr. Nall offered to meet with me one- on- one and helped me meet with an adviser to make changes to my fourth-year schedule that would align better with my interests,” Davis said. “Other people told me it might have been too complicated, but he really encouraged me, and now I am going into an internal medicine residency following graduation.”
Davis also shared words from other students at the ceremony, who noted that Nall treats every patient as a unique individual, embodies humanistic care and stands up for marginalized groups in his work with the UF Equal Access Clinic.
Nall, who previously won the Hippocratic Award in 2018, said he was honored to receive the award on behalf of another class and thanked his mentors and colleagues for their support of him, saying their guidance helps to make him a better instructor.
“I’d also like to thank the class of 2022,” he said. “It has been your thoughtful care for patients every day that keeps me going, and It’s your commitment to patient care that I think is going to push you forward in your careers. It’s been an honor to work with you, and I wish you all the best of luck in the next phase of your training. I know you will make us proud.”