• Stay Connected in 2017

    Last year ended in a flurry of activity and so far in 2017 the pace shows no signs of slowing. On December 19, faculty, colleagues, and friends gathered for a retirement celebration to honor Dr. Robert Rich for his many years of service to UAB. He was dean of the School of Medicine from 2004 to...
  • The Spirit of the Season

    If you follow the news, to say the past year has been a tumultuous one is an understatement. But when I consider the incredible faculty, staff, and leadership who daily commit their talents to helping the School of Medicine achieve its fullest measure of excellence, and when I talk with our...
  • Celebrating the Gift of Education

    As a recipient of a medical school scholarship myself, I can testify to the indelible impression such a gift leaves on a medical student. Not only does it relieve some of the heavy education debt burden most medical students graduate with today (averaging $190,000), it can also be a source of...
  • Celebrating Campaign Milestones

    UAB is currently engaged in the largest and most comprehensive philanthropic campaign in the university’s history. The Campaign for UAB has an ambitious $1 billion goal, and I am delighted to announce that the fiscal year that ended on September 30 was our most successful fundraising year to date....
  • An Influence That Lasts a Lifetime

    A mentor’s influence can echo throughout a physician’s career. My mentor, Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., was a native Alabama son, born in Montgomery, and a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights. Although denied admission to UASOM, he was the first African-American admitted to Vanderbilt School...
  • White Coat Ceremony 2016

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS At this year’s White Coat Ceremony on August 14, Kevin Leon , M.D., R’02, associate dean for undergraduate medical education, delivered the keynote address. Dr. Leon talked about the many ways medical school will change the students and how much they will learn about...
  • A Commitment to Faculty Success

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS This month, I’d like to introduce you to the 2016 winners of the Dean’s Excellence Awards , who were honored at a reception on campus this week. This is a program I reinstituted last year to recognize exceptional contributions made by School of Medicine faculty in the...
  • MAA Weekend Reconnects Friends and Colleagues

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Last month, hundreds of School of Medicine alumni gathered for the 43 rd 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...
  • Meeting Their Match

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Residency profoundly shapes the kind of physicians that students will become. Other than the day they learn they have been accepted to medical school, Match Day is probably the most significant day in a medical student’s academic career. The Class of 2016 celebrated...
  • Continuing Education Collaborations

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F Teaching and learning at UAB aren’t limited to our students and trainees. Two recent programs on campus highlighted the key role UAB plays in helping experienced practitioners stay up to date. On February 19 and 20, UAB hosted nearly 200 surgeons and administrators from...
  • Channels of Communication

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS In 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...
  • A Season to Remember

    From the introduction of new service learning resources for our medical students to major research grant awards and breakthroughs in patient care, 2015 was a banner year for the School, and I am proud of the hard work by our leadership, faculty, and staff that made our many successes possible. I...
  • Celebrating Our Scholarship Supporters

    Talk to any of the 233 scholarship recipients at the School of Medicine, and they'll tell you that their scholarship has been critical in allowing them to pursue their dreams of a medical education. My own career might have been completely different if not for a 1,000-mile trip I took in the...
  • The Enduring Influence of Teachers

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS One of the most appealing aspects of a career in academic medicine is the opportunity to help shape future generations of health care leaders. Our faculty have committed countless hours to training our students to be skilled and compassionate physicians, and preparing...
  • Committed to Community

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Medical school is one of the most significant crossroads in any physician’s life – it’s when many of us truly turn the corner into adulthood and begin to discover who we are as people. It’s also the most challenging experience that many medical students have faced up...
  • The Journey Begins

    Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS Donning the white coat for the first time is a potent symbol of a student’s entrance into the medical profession. Our annual White Coat Ceremony for entering students gives them the opportunity to celebrate that milestone with family and friends, and to take a moment...
  • 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...