Selwyn Vickers 7 LRSelwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACSLast month, hundreds of School of Medicine alumni gathered for the 43rd 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 excellent CME programming, which this year focused on neurology and the neurosciences.

This year also saw the second installment of a popular new event, Mini Medical School, which gives alumni a taste of the modern medical school experience through tours, demonstrations, and a Q & A session with current medical students. Lectures included “Residency Training in the United States: Past, Present, Future,” by Kenneth Ludmerer, M.A., A.B., of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and “The Evolution of Surgery at UAB,” by Kirby I. Bland, M.D., former chair of the UAB Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at UAB Hospital. Click here to view photos from the 2016 Alumni Weekend.

Alumni Weekend is also a chance to honor our peers with a variety of awards. This year’s honorees include:

  • Distinguished Alumnus Awards: William W. Andrews, M.D. ’84, ’88 resident, and Thomas E. Moody, M.D.'73
  • Garber Galbraith Medical-Political Award: B. Jerry Harrison, M.D. ’80
  • Young Alumni Award: Dana L. Todd, M.D. ’10 

The MAA also honors outstanding alumni with the Martha Myers Role Model Awards, presented each year at the School of Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony in August. These awards recognize physician alumni who make significant, but often unheralded, contributions to patient care and the medical profession. They are typically physicians who have served in multiple non-medical leadership roles in the community. The MAA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Martha Myers Role Model Awards. All nominations must be received by Wednesday, May 11, 2016. To find out more about the awards or to nominate an alum, click here.

Our School’s living legacy is the excellence of our alumni, who each day touch the lives of countless patients across the country, or strive to help develop new and better treatments to through innovative research. I look forward to seeing you at next year’s Alumni Weekend.

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