2017 FellowsL to R: Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellows Katelyn Briggs, MD, and Carolyn Kezar, MD, with Associate Program Director Heather Herrington, MD, and Program Coordinator Elizabeth McAlisterThe Department was delighted to host our incoming fellows at a welcome reception on Monday evening in Wallace Tumor Institute. The event celebrates our 53 new trainees in 17 programs across 10 clinical divisions. They join 50 existing fellows, and we are eager to watch them flourish in our outstanding educational environment.

Residents practice placing a central venous line in the simulation centerEach of our 42 interns received CVL procedural training in a simulation environment this week. Facilitators included CMRs Karla Williams, MD, Mack Brown, MD, Amanda Brito, MD, and Rob Smola, MD, pulmonary fellow David LaFon, MD, and General Internal Medicine faculty Jason Morris, MD, Peter Phan, MD, and Winter Williams, MD.

Elizabeth Turnipseed, MD, MPH (Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine) and Department Chair Seth Landefeld, MD, were recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Their invited commentary applauds the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Safety Program for Long-term Care which appears to have decreased the incidence of catheter-related urinary tract infection in 404 nursing homes across the nation.

Lisa Willett, MD with Anezi Uzendu, MDLisa Willett, MD with Anezi Uzendu, MD

When third-year resident Anezi Uzendu, MD, suffered cardiac arrest in November, everyone in the residency program rallied around him like family. View the amazing story of his care and recovery on UAB News.

William E. Dismukes, MD

We have lost a beloved colleague and an incomparable role model in William E. “Bill” Dismukes, MD, MACP. He died June 19 at age 78. Dr. Dismukes’ remarkable impact reverberates throughout the School of Medicine, where he wore many mantles of leadership during his 35 years of service.