Established by the UF College of Medicine class of 1969, the Hippocratic Award is presented annually by each graduating class to a faculty member who represents the ideal role model and embodies professionalism, humanism and teaching prowess. The word “Hippocratic” refers to the Greek father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, who was known for his teaching and contributions to medicine.
Award recipients were initially recognized on a plaque in front of UF Health Shands Hospital near a sycamore tree given to the College of Medicine by the Greek minister of agriculture in 1969. This tree, known as the Hippocratic tree, was a cutting from a tree under which Hippocrates taught medicine on the Greek island of Kos, according to legend.
Several years ago, the College of Medicine permanently moved the award ceremony to Wilmot Gardens and transplanted a cutting from the original tree. Today, the gardens include the sapling from the Hippocratic tree and a new display for the plaques, with a plaque for each new recipient added annually.
During a virtual ceremony held May 6, students from the class of 2020 selected Ashleigh Wright, M.D., as the 2020 Hippocratic Award recipient. Wright is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine. Students say she has been an advocate for medical education, and that she “will be remembered as one of the greatest physicians at the UF College of Medicine.”
Hippocratic Award winners
|2020||Ashleigh Wright||Internal Medicine|
|2018||Ryan Nall*||Internal Medicine|
|2014||Robert Hatch||Community Health & Family Medicine|
*Denotes a UF College of Medicine graduate