MONTGOMERY – Boyde Jerome “Jerry” Harrison, a family practitioner from Haleyville, was formally installed as president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama during the 2017 Inauguration, Awards Presentation and 50-Year Physician Recognition Dinner on Friday, April 14.
“From the time I was a boy, my mother wanted me to get an education, so she pushed me towards one,” Dr. Harrison told the crowd of banquet attendees. “Tonight, I think, no I know, she would be proud of me.”
Dr. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine and did his internship and residency at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. He’s been in family practice in Haleyville since 1981, and has been very active in the community serving on numerous staff appointments with Burdick-West Memorial Medical Center, Carraway Memorial Medical Center, Lackland Community Hospital, and medical director for Haleyville Healthcare, Hendrix Healthcare and Ridgeview Healthcare, among others.
A long-time member of the American Medical Association, Dr. Harrison has served as Hospital Medical Staff Section Representative, Alternate Delegate and received the Physicians Recognition Award.
He has been a member of the Medical Association and Winston County Medical Society since 1982 and has served on the Council of Medical Service, Board of Censors for 10 years before being elected chair, Counselor and Life Counselor. As a member of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Harrison has served on the Credentials Committee and chair of the ALBME.
He is a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Harrison is also a member and past president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and has served on the board of directors as vice president, president-elect and chair.
Dr. Harrison is also one of the architects of the Medical Association’s Opioid Prescribing Conference. This year marks the ninth year of the course, and by the end of the year, the Association will have completed 31 courses. So far, the courses have reached almost 5,000 prescribers. Until 2013 Alabama was one of the only states offering an opioid prescribing education course when the FDA developed the blueprint for Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies for producers of controlled substances.
“Patience, persistence, perspiration, stubbornness...these are a good combination for success,” Dr. Harrison said during the Saturday Business Session. “But, we are only strong with the support of our membership.”
With the installation of Dr. Harrison as president, Immediate Past President David Herrick, M.D., of Montgomery, remarked on his year in office.
“I want us always to remember that what we do is a calling...more than anything, it’s a calling. We should encourage our colleagues who are not here this weekend to participate in this organization. This organization brings us all together. There are so many problems and issues we all have to face as physicians. When you look at the news and hear about the issues that are changing almost daily in our profession, it’s bewildering. I want to encourage you to stay involved and think about your colleagues who are not here and work to bring them together to get involved.
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