Scholarship Ceremony Honors Memory of Blytheville Doctor

By David Robinson

Williams was a chief resident at AHEC Northeast in 1990. After Williams died a year ago, friends and colleagues created the chief resident scholarship fund in his name.

“John’s compassion and dedication to his patients were his hallmarks,” said Scott Dickson, M.D., residency director at AHEC Northeast. “He lived a robust life filled with friends along with his commitment to quality health care in his hometown. These are the examples we want future generations of family physicians to follow.”

Chief residents are selected by their peers and take on leadership and administrative duties on behalf of their fellow residents. Thad Hardin, M.D., and Leslie McGrath, M.D., are this year’s co-chief residents at AHEC Northeast, which has 19 residents total.

Plans are to award $1,000 to the chief resident each year in perpetuity, said Ron Cole, director of AHEC Northeast.

AHEC Northeast is an outreach program of UAMS that has graduated 133 family physicians since 1983. The majority of the graduates of the family medicine residency program have remained in Northeast Arkansas to practice their specialty.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the scholarship fund can send a check to: The Dr. John Williams Fund / U of A Foundation; 223 E. Jackson; Jonesboro, AR 72401
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