Adrian F Reed Award

This award is given to a basic science faculty member annually at the senior medical student award convocation prior to graduation each spring. This award is voted on by the members of the graduating class. It was instituted in 1979 and the first recipient was the much beloved professor of anatomy, Dr. Adrian Reed (1906-1981). A native of Indiana, Dr. Reed received a Ph.D. in Anatomy from Cornell University (1933) and his M.D. from Tulane University (1943). He trained in Internal Medicine and was a Professor of Internal Medicine at Tulane University until he came to Shreveport at the founding of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport to serve as the first chairman of the Department of Anatomy (1968-1977). Dr. Reed worked hand in hand with freshman medical students in their initial exposure to basic sciences in the gross anatomy lab. As a trained clinician he emphasized the relationship of the basics of anatomy to relevant clinical conditions and diseases which help to “bring anatomy alive” to his students. When students spent long hours in the anatomy lab prior to exams, his wife Mary was sure to appear in the evening with a large batch of freshly baked cookies for the medical students. Dr. and Mrs. Reed served as not only teachers but friends to medical students. The 1977 edition of the medical school yearbook, The Pulse, is dedicated to Dr. Reed. It contains a quote of his teaching principles:

"Be in command of your subject and be able to present it as clearly and concisely as possible. Use pertinent clinical applications for emphasis when appropriate. Be able to justify the relevance to Medicine of all assigned material. Make efficient use of laboratory time. Most students remember longer and better what they have seen in laboratory than what they have heard in long formal lectures. Attention span is in inverse proportion to the length and dryness of the lecture and the hardness of the seats. Set standards of learning high but be reasonable about it. Don't forget to look at things from a student's viewpoint as well as your own. Always be available to discuss problems with students. A little humor now and then helps."