Selwyn Vickers 7 LRSelwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACSIn 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 Medical Scholarship. Without that scholarship, Corey would not be here, following his dream to become a doctor.

Corey DukeCorey DukeCorey is the subject of this month’s student profile. His story is a remarkable one, not least because of his own gift for storytelling. That gift led him and a group of fellow medical students to develop a podcast about the fascinating stories they have encountered in the course of their medical training at the School of Medicine. The first episode of Magic City Medcast, which explores the life and legacy of UAB’s founding president, Dr. Joseph F. Volker, is scheduled to launch soon. I encourage you to visit their website and subscribe to the podcast.

Telling the stories of the School of Medicine is one of the reasons we launched this newsletter. Another important element of our communications effort is the School of Medicine Annual Report, which highlights the school’s many achievements across all aspects of our mission.

We have posted the link to the 2014/2015 Annual Report on to our website. If you prefer to receive a printed copy by mail, please email me at, and we will make sure to mail your copy. In any case, I invite you to read it and share in our remarkable progress over the last academic year. 


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