Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACSWhile a few decades may have passed since I attended medical school, I vividly recall the strong bonds I developed with some of my instructors. One of the influential figures in my life was Dr. Levi Watkins, an African-American surgeon from Montgomery who launched a program to actively recruit

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Vickers bookcase cropped LROn Sunday I attended a seminal event in the lives of our students 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, which are generously provided each year by the Medical Alumni Association, were

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Vickers bookcase cropped LRSummer is an exciting time for our School of Medicine, as we recently welcomed a new class of residents and fellows. Our UAB Graduate Medical Education (GME) team hosted an orientation for over 180 of them on Wednesday, June 20. The new crop of residents and fellows learned about the physician

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Vickers bookcase cropped LROn Saturday, May 18, we celebrated the graduation of 177 new physicians at the School of Medicine’s Commencement Ceremony. I am proud to report that a third of them are staying in Alabama for their residencies, and a full 42 percent of the class will pursue residencies in a primary care field. Six

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Vickers bookcase cropped LRPrecision medicine—which takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to prevent and treat disease in more personalized and effective ways—is rapidly changing the practice of medicine. But the key to unlocking the full promise of precision medicine is data,

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VickersAt Match Day on March 16, our fourth-year medical students found out where they will conduct their residencies. Match Day marks the culmination of medical school, one of the most exhilarating and challenging periods in a physician’s life. I am proud of the Class of 2018 for all their hard work and

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VickersEarlier this month, we welcomed a group of faculty members from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The visit is part of an ongoing effort of our Global Health Initiative here at the School of Medicine. Our Global Health team with School of Medicine

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VickersSome good news released this month highlights the central role the university and the School of Medicine play in our city’s and state’s economy and health. As reported on Feb. 7, data released by the National Science Foundation shows that UAB as a whole had $538 million in research expenditures in...

VickersReflecting on the past year as we set off into 2018, I am energized by our steady progress – and some major leaps forward – across all our mission areas, in medical education, patient care, and research. On January 24, I will deliver the annual State of the Schooladdress, which highlights

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VickersWith the whirlwind of activity surrounding the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of the true essence of the season: the spirit of giving. I am very proud of the many ways in which our school, the university as a whole, and the UAB Health System give back to our community throughout the year. Here

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VickersOn October 27, we celebrated the School of Medicine’s 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where we brought together scholarship donors with the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic spirit. In many cases, medical school would be out of reach for these exceptional young people if not for

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On October 27, we celebrated the School of Medicine’s 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where we brought together scholarship donors with the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic spirit. In many cases, medical school would be out of reach for these exceptional young people if not

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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

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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

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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;

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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

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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

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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, the

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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 had

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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

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