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by CASEY L. PENN ROBERT LEE ARCHER, MD F orty years ago, Dennis Yelvington, Joe Cloud, and I started medical school,” said Lee Archer, MD, the newest holder of the gavel as your 2018-19 AMS President. “It’s been quite a journey.” Dr. Archer’s ongoing journey as a physician began in the early 1980s. After attending the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on a track scholarship, the science-minded young man graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natu- ral Sciences and entered UAMS Medical School (1978). “I liked the idea of combining my love and respect for science with personal interactions with people,” recalled Dr. Archer on choosing the field of medicine. “Every time I see patients, I am drawing on the scientific aspects of their prob- lems and the humanistic aspects of how I will shape a treatment plan to fit their situation.” AMS President-elect Dennis Yelvington, MD, said of his medical school classmate, “Lee was one of the smartest students in the class. He was friendly and outgoing, and he had a serious side to him that we all appreciated. He’s a very com- passionate man. When he was a professor of neu- rology, my mother was ill, and I chose him for her to see. It was a great experience with his clinic. I have a lot of respect for Dr. Archer.” Dr. Lee Archer of Little Rock, is sworn in as president of the Arkansas Medical Society by immediate past president, Dr. Amy Cahill of Pine Bluff. Joe Cloud, MD, shared his fond memo- ries, too. “I think I can speak for the class,” he explained of being a first-year medical student. “Everybody’s a little nervous. When it came time for election of officers, nobody wanted to step for- ward. I did and was elected class president. BUT 8 • THE JOURNAL OF THE ARKANSAS MEDICAL SOCIETY VOLUME 115