Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program                        Excellence Without Ego

The Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program at UAB leverages internal investments from the Department of Medicine and philanthropic support from its alumni to provide the best possible experience for today’s trainees.

Examples include:

The Tinsley R. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medical Resident Education

Fully funded at $1.5 million, the Harrison Chair provides approximately $75,000 each year to support the Program Director.

The Legacy Endowed Fund

A planned endowment – with initial gifts from Dr. George H. Karam (CMR 1981) and Dr. Craig L. Coe (IMR 1983) – to support activities aimed at instilling in current-day Internal Medicine Residents the principles on which Dr. Harrison focused during his many years as a leader in medical practice and medical education.

Those principles -- thinking, listening, and understanding; humor and analogy; moral and mental discipline – are the cornerstone of Dr. Harrison’s legacy to UAB and to the countless physicians who have been influenced by his example.

Examples of how the fund’s spendable earnings would be used include:

  • A proposed annual dinner for rising PGY3s, featuring remarks by legends of UAB Internal Medicine and the opportunity for residents to share their reflections about what it means to be a UAB IM physician.
  • Visiting lecturers/speakers on topics relevant to the practice of Internal Medicine and Dr. Harrison’s ideals.

The Internal Medicine Residents Lounge

A new, larger and more comfortable lounge has been constructed adjacent to the IM Residency Program offices on the third floor of the Boshell Diabetes Building. The lounge, with flat-screen TV, wireless access, a refrigerator, microwave oven and sofas for quick naps, provides a quiet space for residents on call and a gathering spot at the beginning and end of duty hours. Gifts are used to further enhance the lounge, stock the refrigerator and provide for its ongoing maintenance. The lounge may be named by a donor or group of donors with a gift of $40,000.

The Internal Medicine Excellence in Education Fund

A spendable fund to support Internal Medicine residents through:

  • Educational materials – books, but also apps, subscriptions and other electronic media – relevant to their training; in essence, a “21st Century Book Fund”
  • Travel/registration funds for professional/scientific conferences
  • Activities to promote camaraderie and to offer R&R from grueling call schedules
  • Other program-related priorities as determined by the Program Director; funds to be disbursed at his or her discretion.

For more information on how you can support the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program, contact

Virginia Gilbert Loftin

Executive Director of Development and Community Relations

(205) 975-5602 | vgloftin@uab.edu