• Teamwork Propels Success

    Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” I believe the vibrant culture of collaboration our School of Medicine has fostered is an extraordinary embodiment of this sentiment and is a key factor in all our achievements. We are continuing this...
  • Finding Heroes in the Storm

    When tragedy strikes, people say to look for the heroes. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought utter devastation to areas in Texas, the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Florida, and South Carolina, but thankfully the heroes are in good supply. And many of those heroes wear white coats and scrubs. In...
  • Welcoming Our New Class

    Last Sunday, I attended one of my favorite annual events when the School of Medicine welcomed our incoming first-year medical students at the White Coat Ceremony. On hand to help students don their new white coats were Roger Smalligan, M.D., regional dean of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus;...
  • Learning Communities Honor Influential Leaders

    At the School of Medicine, we are committed to promoting student wellness both inside and outside the medical school setting. Since their creation in 2011, the Learning Communities have helped our medical students navigate medical school while maintaining physical and mental well-being. These 11...
  • Ushering in New Era at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

    This summer brings excitement and grateful reflection as we at the School of Medicine welcome new leaders, thank their predecessors, and mourn the passing of an influential teacher and mentor. In last month’s newsletter, I shared the news that Matt Might, Ph.D., a national leader in precision...
  • The Road to Residency

    Spring at the School of Medicine means celebrating our graduating medical students. This year’s Match Day, which took place March 17, was the largest and among the most competitive to date. A record-high 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vied for 31,757 positions,...
  • Fostering a New Generation of Primary Care Physicians

    A 2016 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) confirmed what we have known for some time: America needs more primary care providers to keep pace with the health care demands of a growing and aging population. The problem is especially acute here in Alabama—in 2012, the state...
  • A New Era in Precision Medicine

    I am very pleased to share with you the news that a leading figure in the field of precision medicine will join the School of Medicine in July. Matthew Might , Ph.D., a strategic leader appointed by former President Barack Obama to the White House Precision Medicine Initiative, has been named the...
  • Learning for a Lifetime

    Medicine as a field has always been one of continual evolution, a fact that has never been truer than it is today. The pace of biomedical discovery, the development of new technologies, and the accumulation of new knowledge increases exponentially year after year. Physicians and surgeons can spend...
  • Stay Connected in 2017

    Last year ended in a flurry of activity and so far in 2017 the pace shows no signs of slowing. On December 19, faculty, colleagues, and friends gathered for a retirement celebration to honor Dr. Robert Rich for his many years of service to UAB. He was dean of the School of Medicine from 2004 to...
  • The Spirit of the Season

    If you follow the news, to say the past year has been a tumultuous one is an understatement. But when I consider the incredible faculty, staff, and leadership who daily commit their talents to helping the School of Medicine achieve its fullest measure of excellence, and when I talk with our...
  • Celebrating the Gift of Education

    As a recipient of a medical school scholarship myself, I can testify to the indelible impression such a gift leaves on a medical student. Not only does it relieve some of the heavy education debt burden most medical students graduate with today (averaging $190,000), it can also be a source of...
  • Celebrating Campaign Milestones

    UAB is currently engaged in the largest and most comprehensive philanthropic campaign in the university’s history. The Campaign for UAB has an ambitious $1 billion goal, and I am delighted to announce that the fiscal year that ended on September 30 was our most successful fundraising year to date....
  • An Influence That Lasts a Lifetime

    A mentor’s influence can echo throughout a physician’s career. My mentor, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., was a native Alabama son, born in Montgomery, and a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights. Although denied admission to UASOM, he was the first African-American admitted to Vanderbilt School...
  • White Coat Ceremony 2016

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS At this year’s White Coat Ceremony on August 14, Kevin Leon , M.D., R’02, associate dean for undergraduate medical education, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Leon talked about the many ways medical school will change the students and how much they will learn about...
  • A Commitment to Faculty Success

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS This month, I’d like to introduce you to the 2016 winners of the Dean’s Excellence Awards , who were honored at a reception on campus this week. This is a program I reinstituted last year to recognize exceptional contributions made by School of Medicine faculty in the...
  • 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...