• MAA Weekend Reconnects Friends and Colleagues

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Last month, hundreds of School of Medicine alumni gathered for the 43 rd Annual Medical Alumni Weekend. Each year, the MAA does an outstanding job of providing opportunities for our graduates to connect with friends and colleagues, and to expand their knowledge with...
  • Meeting Their Match

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Residency profoundly shapes the kind of physicians that students will become. Other than the day they learn they have been accepted to medical school, Match Day is probably the most significant day in a medical student’s academic career. The Class of 2016 celebrated...
  • Continuing Education Collaborations

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F Teaching and learning at UAB aren’t limited to our students and trainees. Two recent programs on campus highlighted the key role UAB plays in helping experienced practitioners stay up to date. On February 19 and 20, UAB hosted nearly 200 surgeons and administrators from...
  • Channels of Communication

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS In November 2015, second-year class president Corey Duke took to the podium at the School of Medicine’s Scholarship Dinner. He shared details of his journey to medical school, and the joy he felt the day he learned he had received the W. Hudson Turner, M.D., Endowed...
  • A Season to Remember

    From the introduction of new service learning resources for our medical students to major research grant awards and breakthroughs in patient care, 2015 was a banner year for the School, and I am proud of the hard work by our leadership, faculty, and staff that made our many successes possible. I...
  • Celebrating Our Scholarship Supporters

    Talk to any of the 233 scholarship recipients at the School of Medicine, and they'll tell you that their scholarship has been critical in allowing them to pursue their dreams of a medical education. My own career might have been completely different if not for a 1,000-mile trip I took in the...
  • The Enduring Influence of Teachers

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS One of the most appealing aspects of a career in academic medicine is the opportunity to help shape future generations of health care leaders. Our faculty have committed countless hours to training our students to be skilled and compassionate physicians, and preparing...
  • Committed to Community

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Medical school is one of the most significant crossroads in any physician’s life – it’s when many of us truly turn the corner into adulthood and begin to discover who we are as people. It’s also the most challenging experience that many medical students have faced up...
  • The Journey Begins

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Donning the white coat for the first time is a potent symbol of a student’s entrance into the medical profession. Our annual White Coat Ceremony for entering students gives them the opportunity to celebrate that milestone with family and friends, and to take a moment...
  • Craig Hoesley Is New Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS A gifted teacher touches the lives not only of his or her students, but of those who will someday benefit from what those students learn. Our alumni tell great stories about professors whose methods of instruction may have varied, but who shared a commitment to...
  • Military Promotion Ceremony

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS In these weeks between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, I want to tell you about an aspect of commencement that is a source of particular pride to our School of Medicine. In 2013, Laura B. Kezar , M.D., associate dean for students and a Navy veteran, created the...
  • Commencement 2015

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S Commencement is a time of both anticipation and reflection for our students. The long journey through medical school is officially coming to an end, and the next step, toward residency or other postgraduate endeavors, looms on the horizon. Thanks to the dedicated...
  • Scholarship Giving Rewards Students and Donors

    The threat of freezing rain in early March is not unusual in Alabama, but this year it forced the cancellation of an event that has become a tradition for the School of Medicine. Our annual Scholarship Dinner is always a highlight of our year, and so we have spent the last few weeks scheduling...
  • Give Something, Change Everything

    On Friday, March 6, the School of Medicine announced the largest goal for alumni giving in our history: $30 million. This effort is part of the $1 billion Campaign for UAB , which began in October 2008 and ends in September 2018. That goal is ambitious, but t hink of what it represents: More...
  • Big News from the School of Medicine at UAB

    In just a few days, the School of Medicine will make a big announcement—a really big announcement—and we want you to be part of it. On Friday, March 6, we will kick off our School of Medicine Alumni Campaign with a goal that may make some jaws drop. This phase of the billion-dollar Campaign for...
  • Telling Our Story

    I hope you received your copy of the School of Medicine Annual Report over the holidays, and that you enjoyed reading about the world-class work of our faculty and students during the 2013-2014 academic year. The report is also available online here . Next up is our State of the School address,...
  • Year-End Reflections

    The past year at the School of Medicine has been marked by so many noteworthy achievements, both large and small, that it’s impossible to list them all here. But one recent accomplishment stands out: The School of Medicine has risen in the National Institutes of Health funding ranking to number...
  • All in the Family

    Today, the School of Medicine announces two philanthropic gifts honoring a husband-and-wife pair of beloved School of Medicine faculty members. Along with her husband, Wayne H. Finley , M.D., Ph.D. , the late Sara Crews Finley , M.D. , co-founded the first medical genetics program in the...
  • Equity Promotes Excellence

    Two events over the last couple of weeks gave the School of Medicine the opportunity to publicly demonstrate one of our core values: diversity in our student body and faculty. In mid-September, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Capital City Medical Society in Montgomery ; in early October,...
  • Celebrating Our Heroes

    September 2014 On September 4, the School of Medicine family gathered to celebrate the memory and the legacy of our longest-serving dean of medicine, James A. Pittman, Jr., M.D., who passed away earlier this year. Dr. Pittman served as dean from 1973 until 1992, presiding over a period of...