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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maintaining the Momentum

    March 8, 2013 Interim senior vice president and dean Anupam Agarwal speaks at Medical Alumni Weekend. Dr. Ray L. Watts bestowed a great honor upon me last month when he asked me to serve as interim senior vice president and dean of your School of Medicine, though I must admit that following in...
  • A Lasting Partnership

    February 11, 2013 UAB President Ray Watts On Friday, February 8, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System offered me the opportunity to serve as UAB’s seventh president . This is, of course, an exciting challenge, and it is truly a great honor. After all, UAB is where I earned my...
  • Paying It Forward

    January 17, 2013 Senior vice president for medicine and dean Ray Watts UAB was closed during the last week of 2012—the academic side took a holiday; our hospitals never close, of course—but many generous donors made sure that our development team stayed busy through the final hours of the year....
  • Expressions of Gratitude

    November 15, 2012 Senior vice president for medicine and dean Ray Watts cuts the ribbon to open the new Equal Access Birmingham clinic at the Church of the Reconciler. Photo by Arik Sokol. There’s something really special about this season of the year, when families gather together and give...
  • Growing Our Faculty

    October 2, 2012 Senior vice president for medicine and dean Ray Watts It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since we set in motion our AMC21 Strategic Plan for the School of Medicine. As you can imagine, the past 12 months have been both busy and productive. I want to commend our faculty...
  • Models of Leadership

    September 1, 2012 Senior vice president for medicine and dean Ray Watts presents the Dean's Award for Excellence in Research to Dr. Louise Chow (top photo) and Dr. Anupam Agarwal (bottom photo). Leadership is one of the most important qualities that a physician possesses. It’s the reason our...
  • Seasons of Learning

    August 1, 2012 Senior vice president for medicine and dean Ray Watts Teaching, along with research and clinical care, is a year-round responsibility for the School of Medicine, which means we don’t slow down during the summer. Last month, for example, 285 new residents and fellows from all...
  • Upgrades and Updates

    July 2, 2012 Dean Ray Watts speaks at Commencement in May. When I walk through Volker Hall, I think about the thousands of practicing physicians who have studied, worked, and conducted research there in the past 40 years. I also think about the challenge we face in providing our current and...
  • The Heart of Innovation

    May 7, 2012 Dean Ray Watts (second from left) visits with alumni during last month's reception in Auburn/Opelika. See a photo slideshow from the event. Our comprehensive AMC21 Strategic Plan for the School of Medicine and the UAB Health System focuses on the areas of medical science in which UAB...
  • Days to Remember

    April 16, 2012 Dean Ray Watts addresses the audience on Match Day. Click to see a slideshow of photos from the event. Aside from commencement, the most exciting day on our School of Medicine calendar for our students and their families may be Match Day —the day in March when all fourth-year...
  • Positions of Leadership

    March 1, 2012 Dean Ray Watts (at right) presents Dr. Albert Tully with a plaque at Medical Alumni Weekend. The plaque thanks Dr. Tully for his fundraising efforts for the Dr. Tinsley R. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medical Resident Education. I enjoyed meeting many of you at the 39th Annual Medical...