Dr. Angela Adams Powell was raised in Gilbertown, AL. No stranger to hard work, she was raised by working parents who demonstrated the challenges and rewards hard work brings. Her mother owned and operated an auto parts store, while her father worked in construction and real estate. They raised a daughter with grit and determination, patience and tenacity; encouraging her to go to college, something neither of them had the opportunity to do. They taught her to love the Lord, respect and love others, and to show kindness and offer help wherever possible. Dr. Powell knew from a young age that she would be a doctor.
She pursued her undergraduate degree at Livingston University, thanks to a Choctaw County Junior Miss scholarship. During her junior year, she transferred to the University of Alabama. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology. She limited her application to medical school to the University of Alabama School of Medicine and to the University of South Alabama College of Medicine not wanting to be far from family. She was accepted to UAB. She was a recipient of the Dr. Earle Drennen Scholarship, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, received a clinical excellence award and the Marion J. Sims Obstetrics Award while at UAB. She graduated Cum Laude from the School of Medicine in 1993.
To her, being a doctor always meant being a family doctor. One who would care for a family over generations, and a broad spectrum of illnesses, in rural Alabama. Dr. Powell completed her family medicine residency with the Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program and completed a fellowship in obstetrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine campus in Tuscaloosa. With her doctor's bag in hand, she and her family moved to Monroeville. Here, for the past 22 years, she has practiced medicine, raised her children, mentored students in high school, medical school, and resident physicians, as well as serving as a preceptor for UABSOM, USACOM and ACOM. She has also served in various healthcare administrative and leadership roles within her community and throughout her state.
Nominated for the 2019 Martha Myers Role Model Award by Dr. John R. Wheat, who commented, “Like Dr. Martha C. Myers, she denied the lure of social status and accepted the call to service in an underserved area, providing care where women's health has been under-attended, she has given her life to this cause. Dr. Powell is a wonderful preceptor demonstrating the careful attention needed to prepare for one's profession, love for her family and community, and commitment to her patients."
Dr. Powell considers it a great honor to have been called to the profession of medicine and a privilege to care for families of rural Alabama. It is a delight and joy to share the art and science of rural medicine with students. The rewards of rural practice are often intangible. Indeed, they are more desirable than the finest gold; they are sweeter than the purest honey. Psalms 19:10 Good News Translation