Minute with a Member
National Alumni Society Member
Name: Deborah S. Bishop, DMD
Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): DMD, 1979; Specialty Certification Endodontics, 1981
Hometown: Guntersville, AL
Current Employer and Job: Self-Employed Dentist
What is your favorite UAB memory? Besides graduation, my first date with my future husband.
How has UAB impacted your life? My DMD degree has enabled me freedom to chart my life.
What lessons has your professional life taught you?
- Everyone makes a difference.
- Everything is built on relationships.
- You need to continually create value in others.
- You need to reinvent yourself regularly.
What would you do if you were given more time in each day?Exercise
What invention have you seen in your lifetime that you believe has been the most important? The incorporation of the surgical microscope into routine endodontic therapy.
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? My family to be happy, healthy, and prosperous.
If you could go back to any age...which age would it be and why? NONE! I do not wish to live any of my life over again. I made enough mistakes the first time.
Which historical figure do you most identify with and why? Winston Churchill - because he never gave up.
If you had the power to solve one, and only one, problem in the world...what would it be and why? For people to realize the importance of dental health.
What natural gift would you most like to possess? Good looking legs.
What trait do you most value in your friends? Honesty
Who would you want to portray you in a film about your life? Candice Bergen
What is your motto? "Always try to do the right thing."
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Love God first and love your neighbor as yourself.
If you could start a charity or non-profit organization, what would it be and why? A wellness center to educate indigent adults about the benefits of good health.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? China, because their culture is so different from ours.
What is something you are proud of and why? Staying married to the same person all these years because it has not been easy.
What is the last book you read? Cold Steel - written by a Huntsville native and UAB graduate, now a cardiologist in L.A.
What things do you not like to do? Rake leaves and vacuum.
Where would you go in a time machine? London during WWII.
What 3 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water? My husband, my children and my dogs.
Student Alumni Society Member
Name: William Bates
Graduation Year: 2017
Major: D.M.D. Candidate (School of Dentistry)
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Why did you choose to attend UAB? I chose UAB for undergrad just as much as UAB chose me when they granted me the opportunity to be a part of the Early Dental School Acceptance Program (EDSAP). I knew I wanted to attend the UAB School of Dentistry due to their prestigious status in the professional world and the amount of clinical experience offered within the dental program. Also, being from Huntsville UAB gave me the chance to stay in state for school.
Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far and why? In dental school, the best professor I've had so far is Dr. Tilashalski ("Dr. T"). He's tough and you won't like him at first, but he's a great professor. He's always prepared for class, provides supplemental handouts, and his lectures are always interesting. After his classes, I definitely feel better educated and more prepared for what I might encounter in the clinic.
What is your favorite UAB memory? From undergrad, there are countless. But from dental school, the UAB Dentistry Cares Community Day definitely takes the cake. My first year at UAB School of Dentistry was the first year the school planned this community service day. Through this event, the dental school provides services (fillings, extractions, and cleanings) at no cost to those without access to proper dental care within the Birmingham community. My first two years with the event, I assisted with day-of organization and patient flow, and next year I look forward to helping in a clinical capacity. Each year, the UAB School of Dentistry provided free care to over 300 people in need of dental procedures.
How has UAB impacted your life? In relation to the community day, throughout undergrad and dental school, UAB has opened my eyes to the needs in the Birmingham community and across the country. Service is a large part of my desire to attend dental school, so the importance that UAB places on service to the community has strongly impacted my life and goals for the future.
What is your current state of mind? Stressed. Dental school is stressful, but it keeps me going. I feel that a busy schedule drives me to keep striving for success.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy running. I've done two marathons, some half marathons, and many 5K and 10Ks. Taking jobs around my neighborhood is a great way to stay active and balance sitting down all day at the dental school.
Who are your heroes in real life? Peyton Manning. I grew up watching Peyton play college football. He's a stand-up guy that's an example of a true southern gentleman on and off the field. He also always has fantastic commercials.
If you were given more time in each day, what would you do? I would schedule more time for daily exercise. I love running and training for races, but due to a busy schedule, my training runs can be limited at times. But honestly, if I had more time in a day, I'd probably do a good bit of catching up on sleep too.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? My superpower would be a true photographic memory. Not only will I never forget anything I learn, but all memories will never be forgotten.
What is the best invention of your lifetime and why? Being able to burn music from my computer onto a CD. It really makes the car ride to campus every morning more enjoyable.
What are your future goals? My only goal right now is graduating from dental school. After that, I am open-minded and ready to set new goals. If I need to apply for a specialty or general practice residency program, I would like to do that somewhere out of the southeast for 1-3 years (depending on the program). Eventually, I want to wind back up in the southeast to raise a family and own a private practice.
What would be your ultimate dream job? Going on tour with the Dave Matthews Band. I'd want to play guitar with the band, but I'll settle for being their traveling dentist.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fiction, with whom would it be? Dave Matthews, of course, but I'd settle for Jerry Seinfield in the 90's acting on Seinfield too.
What three items would you take to a deserted island other than food and water? Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? "Everything is Awesome" - The Lego Movie
If you had the power to solve on, and only one, problem in the world...what would it be and why? To get people who are too serious to laugh...because laughter is literally the best medicine.
What's the best advice you ever received? Dr. Seuss once told me, "Teeth are always in style."