The UC Davis Housestaff Professionalism Award was created by the School of Medicine Alumni Association to recognize and honor a resident identified by his/her co-workers and ancillary staff for exemplifying the attributes of professionalism. On June 5, 2002, John Martin received the first
Housestaff Professionalism Award. The American Board of Internal Medicine defines professionalism as one who "aspires to altruism, accountability, excellence, duty, service, honor, integrity and respect for others." The Alumni Association was proud to honor John Martin with a $100 gift certificate and a plaque. His name will also be displayed in the hospital.