• Craig Hoesley Is New Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS A gifted teacher touches the lives not only of his or her students, but of those who will someday benefit from what those students learn. Our alumni tell great stories about professors whose methods of instruction may have varied, but who shared a commitment to...
  • Military Promotion Ceremony

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS In these weeks between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, I want to tell you about an aspect of commencement that is a source of particular pride to our School of Medicine. In 2013, Laura B. Kezar , M.D., associate dean for students and a Navy veteran, created the...
  • Commencement 2015

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S Commencement is a time of both anticipation and reflection for our students. The long journey through medical school is officially coming to an end, and the next step, toward residency or other postgraduate endeavors, looms on the horizon. Thanks to the dedicated...
  • Scholarship Giving Rewards Students and Donors

    The threat of freezing rain in early March is not unusual in Alabama, but this year it forced the cancellation of an event that has become a tradition for the School of Medicine. Our annual Scholarship Dinner is always a highlight of our year, and so we have spent the last few weeks scheduling...
  • Give Something, Change Everything

    On Friday, March 6, the School of Medicine announced the largest goal for alumni giving in our history: $30 million. This effort is part of the $1 billion Campaign for UAB , which began in October 2008 and ends in September 2018. That goal is ambitious, but t hink of what it represents: More...
  • Big News from the School of Medicine at UAB

    In just a few days, the School of Medicine will make a big announcement—a really big announcement—and we want you to be part of it. On Friday, March 6, we will kick off our School of Medicine Alumni Campaign with a goal that may make some jaws drop. This phase of the billion-dollar Campaign for...
  • Telling Our Story

    I hope you received your copy of the School of Medicine Annual Report over the holidays, and that you enjoyed reading about the world-class work of our faculty and students during the 2013-2014 academic year. The report is also available online here . Next up is our State of the School address,...
  • Year-End Reflections

    The past year at the School of Medicine has been marked by so many noteworthy achievements, both large and small, that it’s impossible to list them all here. But one recent accomplishment stands out: The School of Medicine has risen in the National Institutes of Health funding ranking to number...
  • Equity Promotes Excellence

    Two events over the last couple of weeks gave the School of Medicine the opportunity to publicly demonstrate one of our core values: diversity in our student body and faculty. In mid-September, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Capital City Medical Society in Montgomery ; in early October,...
  • Celebrating Our Heroes

    September 2014 On September 4, the School of Medicine family gathered to celebrate the memory and the legacy of our longest-serving dean of medicine, James A. Pittman, Jr., M.D., who passed away earlier this year. Dr. Pittman served as dean from 1973 until 1992, presiding over a period of...
  • New Beginnings

    August 2014 The hot, hazy days of August are among the most uneventful of the year in some parts of the world. Not so at the School of Medicine, where August is a time of high excitement and new beginnings, as a new crop of medical students begins one of the most challenging and rewarding...
  • A Remarkable Milestone

    July 16, 2014 On October 24, 2013, just a week after I began serving as Senior Vice President and Dean of Medicine, UAB kicked off the largest and most comprehensive philanthropic campaign in its history. When President Ray Watts announced the goal for the Campaign for UAB , I think we all felt a...
  • The Road to Residency

    February 4, 2014 Senior vice president and dean Selwyn Vickers While the excitement and anticipation of the holidays has receded for most of us, fourth-year medical students across the country still have one last package to open this spring. Match Day is coming up quickly, on March 21, and I’m...
  • Legacies of Legends

    December 13, 2013 Senior vice president and dean Selwyn Vickers speaks at the Distinguished Faculty Lecture award dinner. On a special evening in November, the School of Medicine, UAB, and Birmingham were witnesses to history. A banquet on November 13 celebrated the 50th anniversary of UAB’s...
  • Coming Home

    October 15, 2013 Senior vice president and dean Selwyn Vickers Thomas Wolfe famously said you can’t go home again, but today, for the second time in my life, I would amend that statement to say if you're lucky, you get to go home again. Today is my first day as senior vice president and dean of...
  • Learning Experience

    September 3, 2013 Interim senior vice president and dean Anupam Agarwal After a thorough national search, the School of Medicine has selected its new dean—a world-renowned health care leader who also happens to be a familiar face at UAB. Dr. Selwyn M. Vickers , an Alabama native and former GI...
  • The Price of Excellence

    August 1, 2013 Interim senior vice president and dean Anupam Agarwal This week we welcomed our newest group of students, the class of 2017, to the School of Medicine. They approach our campus with excitement, anticipation, and nervousness—feelings that are familiar to all of us who have walked the...
  • Strengthening the Foundation of Care

    June 17, 2013 Interim senior vice president and dean Anupam Agarwal As you are aware, there is a significant, critical primary care shortage in Alabama and around the nation. The gap is certain to widen in coming years as the needs of an aging American population lead more people to seekl care—at...
  • Success Starts Here

    May 20, 2013 Interim senior vice president and dean Anupam Agarwal This month’s Commencement ceremony is, as its name implies, a beginning. It marks the moment when medical school ends and the future begins for the 169 members of the Class of 2013. We have trained them well, sharing with them our...
  • The Inspiration to Lead

    April 18, 2013 Interim senior vice president and dean Anupam Agarwal As I have become familiar with the responsibilities and rhythms of the dean’s office, my respect for my predecessors has grown. Leading the School of Medicine is both a pleasure and a challenge. Progress toward our strategic...