The School of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston announced the six finalists who were selected by their peers in the graduating class to receive the prestigious 2012 Gold-Headed Cane Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating medical student. The winner was announced Saturday, June 2 at the commencement ceremonies for the school. Family Medicine incoming intern, Karen Welch was one of the six finalists.
We are very proud of Karen for achieving this nomination and look forward to her joining us to begin her residency training in June. We would also like to congratulate the winner of the Gold-Headed Cane, Paul Goodwin on his achievement.
“All of these students have demonstrated a passion for patient care, academic excellence and community service,” said Dr. Donald S. Prough, interim vice president and dean of the School of Medicine. “I am proud of their commitment to the healing profession.” The award recognizes extraordinary dedication to the health and welfare of patients. Being nominated for this award is an honor in itself, and honorable mention is given to the finalists.
The Gold-Headed Cane Award has a long tradition at UTMB. Dr. Charles T. Stone Sr., professor emeritus of internal medicine, established the award in 1960. A gold ring engraved with the newest recipient's name is added to the staff of the cane to commemorate the occasion. The cane is on permanent display at the Moody Medical Library; recipients receive a replica.
The UTMB tradition honors the 18th century practice of presenting a gold-headed cane to the pre-eminent physician in English society. One such cane was continuously carried from 1689 to 1825 by five distinguished British physicians and now resides in the Royal College of Physicians in London.