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  • 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...
  • A Future Without Limits

    February 3, 2012 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts speaks at the Scholarship Dinner in January. A great medical education benefits physicians for a lifetime, but paying for it can sometimes last just as long. Affording medical school is a concern for all of our students. The financial...
  • Strengthening Bonds

    January 17, 2012 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts talks with alumni at a reception in Point Clear. The beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to look back at the milestones we achieved in the previous one. For me, our success in strengthening our connections with alumni was one of...
  • Inside the Admissions Process

    November 14, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts As I have traveled the state and region visiting with alumni, many have asked me the same question: Has the School of Medicine admissions process changed over the years? My answer is yes. The admissions process has changed because health...
  • Innovation in Education

    October 10, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts with School of Medicine students In many ways, educating medical students is a specialty much like surgery, pediatrics, or another field of medicine. To teach medicine as well as to practice it, you need depth and breadth of knowledge—not...
  • The Impact of Discovery

    September 7, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts One of the most exciting parts of being a physician is learning about scientific discoveries that could help improve, and even save, the lives of our patients. Many of these important findings come from our own School of Medicine faculty,...
  • The Challenge Begins

    August 2, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts speaks to students during orientation. Do you remember how you felt on your first day of medical school? That day—a mix of excitement and trepidation, a sense of accomplishment, and a dawning realization that this was the first day of a...
  • Life Lessons

    July 5, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts Dr. Vijay Misra A month ago, Dr. Vijay Misra , director of the UAB Heart and Vascular Center Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, passed away suddenly at the age of 51. A member of the School of Medicine faculty for 13 years, Dr. Misra was...
  • A Glimpse Into the Future

    June 2, 2011 (Left to right) Dr. Sara Finley, Dr. Wayne Finley, senior vice president and dean Ray Watts, and Nancy Watts Over the last six months, School of Medicine faculty and staff have engaged in AMC21, a comprehensive strategic planning effort that will guide the SOM’s research enterprise...
  • After the Storms

    May 3, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts The impact of the devastating storm system that hit the Southeast on April 27 will be felt for some time by residents in communities across Alabama and neighboring states. Many of our alumni have been personally affected, as well as some of our...
  • Points of Pride

    April 1, 2011 (Left to right) Eddie Hyatt, senior vice president and dean Ray Watts, Jennifer Eldredge, and Brittany Richardson Our annual Scholarship Dinner in March showcased some of our brightest and most talented students and gave them the opportunity to meet and thank the generous donors who...
  • Partners in Progress

    March 1, 2011 (Left to right) Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts with Dr. Theodis Buggs Jr., outgoing Medical Alumni Association president; Alabama Governor Robert Bentley; Dr. Gerhard Boehm, incoming MAA president; and Dr. Betty Ruth Speir, MAA past president A leading characteristic...
  • An Education Evolution

    February 1, 2011 Senior vice president and dean Ray Watts with School of Medicine students Throughout its history, the School of Medicine has trained the best and brightest physicians to care for the people of Alabama. However, the elements of that training have evolved over time to incorporate...
  • Of Primary Concern

    January 5, 2011 Medical Alumni Association president Theodis Buggs Jr. with senior vice president and dean Ray Watts One of our biggest challenges in 2011 is a familiar one: Alabama’s shortage of primary care physicians. Many of you who responded to our online survey—or with whom I have spoken at...
  • Message from the Dean

    Ray L. Watts, M.D. Senior Vice President & Dean Under the leadership of our new dean, Dr. Ray L. Watts, the School of Medicine has begun a new chapter in its story, in which we will continue to accelerate discovery through cutting-edge research, deliver world-class clinical care to patients from...