The E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Award is the School of Medicine’s annual honor given to a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field and exceeded the expectations of peers in the practice of medicine, academic medicine or research. Personal achievements and community or public service are also considered for the award, which is presented during graduation week.
The Take Wing winner receives an engraved Take Wing statue and round-trip paid transportation and expenses to Kansas City to accept the award. The winner also presents the E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Lecture and makes a brief speech to that year’s graduating class during commencement ceremonies.
Take Wing is a bronze sculpture cast from a small carving made in 1952 by the late E. Grey Dimond, M.D., provost emeritus for the health sciences, from a piece of driftwood he found on the beach while visiting Carmel, Calif. His daughter Lark had the sculpture enlarged and cast in bronze. That sculpture stands in front of the UMKC School of Medicine, encouraging students and alumni to “take wing” and soar to new heights in their careers after they leave the school.