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 dedication, which helped them achieve a 98-percent match rate into residencies at 74 institutions in 27 states across the country. The top five areas where the most students matched were internal medicine (26), family medicine (25), pediatrics (17), emergency medicine (13), and surgery (13).

We had another exciting event when we welcomed the UAB School of Medicine Board of Visitors on April 6. I was happy to share the day with some of the leading minds in medicine and business from across the country. I am grateful for their commitment to and passion for promoting our school and helping secure its future. The board heard from key faculty members like Tony Jones, M.D., chief physician executive of UAB Medicine (a position created last year), senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the School of Medicine, and president of the Health Services Foundation; and Joseph Tector, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UAB Xenotransplantation Program. Matt Might, Ph.D., director of the UAB Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, gave them an update on a wide array of promising precision medicine initiatives he is helping coordinate across the school.

We’re gearing up for the All of Us Research Program launch in Birmingham on May 6, an effort I think will move the needle in helping speed up medical research and breakthroughs. All of Us is a nationwide program that aims to enlist 1 million people to share health information that researchers can use to conduct thousands of health studies. It will be a major driver in advancing precision medicine, and I’m proud that UAB Medicine is hosting the only All of Us event in the South. The kickoff event, taking place at Railroad Park from 2-6 p.m., is free and open to the public. I, along with some of my UAB colleagues and leading health care experts, will be speaking at the event. I hope you will join me on May 6 to help transform the future of health care. You can learn more at the Facebook event page.

Our continued achievements are possible because of the support of alumni and friends of the School of Medicine like you. Your continued investment in our school was evident during UAB Giving Day on April 12 when donors gave over $89,000 to support projects across UAB and the School of Medicine. You gave to areas that included:

Equal Access Birmingham—A student-run free clinic benefiting Birmingham’s underserved population

Stop the Bleed initiative—A program that aims to get kits to schools and other public entities that help people save lives in a mass casualty event

Medical Alumni Association Dean’s Scholarship Fund—A fund that supports donations to contribute to existing as well as create and endow medical student scholarships

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center—One the longest-funded NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers that treats approximately 20,000 patients a year

UAB School of Medicine—The leading medical school in Alabama training the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists

Sincerely,
Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair

P.S. Now is a great time to make a gift to medical scholarships. My office is matching scholarship gifts 1:1 through Sept. 30, 2018, for three categories: 1) SOM alumni gifts to any SOM or University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association current-use (non-endowed) scholarship, 2) All donor gifts to any minority (URiM) medical scholarship, and 3) All SOM faculty gifts to any SOM medical scholarship. Make a donation today to our general scholarship fund here or to a fund of your choosing here. For assistance, call Jessica Brooks Lane at 205-975-5659 or email her at jblane@uab.edu. Thank you for your support.

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