McLester275x275The portrait of James McLester was commissioned by the American Medical Association in the late 1940s. A portrait by artist Jay Wesley Jacobs of James Somerville McLester, M.D., LLD, was unveiled Jan. 18 in the main lobby of the UAB Community Health Services Building, the site where McLester’s primary care-focused practice formerly stood.

McLester was born in Tuscaloosa in 1877, earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama, and received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He served as chief of Medicine at the School of Medicine when it was located in Tuscaloosa, and was named the first chair and professor of Medicine at the new Medical College of Alabama when it opened in Birmingham in 1945. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1949. He is remembered for his leadership during the School of Medicine’s transition from a two-year pre-clinical medical school to a four-year medical degree-granting institution.

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doc handResidents from the UAB School of Medicine organized teams for the 12th annual Out of the Darkness community walk held last November. Hosted by the Alabama chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the three-mile course was a non-competitive walk through Heardmont Park to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and suicide prevention, as well as to raise funds for further research and education.

“There were residents, faculty from both UAB and the VA, nurses, fellows, and even a few friends from outside UAB that joined our team,” says Josh Woolard, M.D., a CA-3 resident in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine who led the department’s team of about 40 walkers.

ScholarshipDinnerJohn Ahn (MS2) and scholarship donor Jamie French at the 2017 School of Medicine Scholarship Dinner.On October 27, the UAB School of Medicine celebrated the 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where scholarship donors dined with and got to know the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic investments. Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, senior vice president and dean for the School of Medicine, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their generous support of the School’s medical students. He shared his personal experience as a medical scholarship recipient and the indelible impression it left on him – both relieving some of the heavy education debt burden and providing a sense of confidence.

EMSAP main photoEMSAP Director Dr. Gregory Pence talks with Early Medical School Acceptance Program students.Nearly 30 years ago in 1988 UAB accepted its first student into its Early Medical Acceptance Program. That student, Edward Yeh, is now a 46-year-old physician working in emergency medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. Three decades later, about 300 high school seniors have entered what has become one of the nation’s most prestigious B.S./M.D. programs.

dimickpic 2Alan R. Dimick, M.D., was honored by the UAB Retirees Association for his pioneering work in burn care and his service to UAB. The UAB Retirees Association (UABRA) honored Alan R. Dimick, M.D., at its May 15 meeting with a $5,000 gift to the Alan R. Dimick Burn Care Fund, which supports the work of the UAB Burn Unit. The UAB Burn Unit is a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of burn-related injuries. Its expert team is committed to providing the highest-quality patient care, educating the next generation of surgeons, and conducting groundbreaking research with the goal of advancing therapies for burn care.

Neuroscience Roadmap ScholarsEach UAB Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar works closely with a research mentor. Here, scholar Lillian Brady (right) meets with neurobiology associate professor Lynn Dobrunz.Even though she possessed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in biotechnology, Lillian Brady felt that she didn’t fit into the booming field of neuroscience. “As an underrepresented student, it can be easy to get into the mind frame that you don’t belong,” says Brady, a graduate of Alcorn State University, a historically black university in southwest Mississippi.

But then the Jackson, Mississippi, native found a place where she fit in perfectly: UAB’s Neuroscience Roadmap Scholars program, which is designed to help engage and retain underrepresented graduate trainees—including ethnic minorities and students with disabilities—in the neuroscience workforce.

Read the full article on UAB Magazine's website. 

jerry jackson round 2Jerry W. Jackson, M.D., felt inspired to give to the UAB Division of Nephrology because it gave so much to him. One of the most pivotal moments of a doctor’s career comes when he or she chooses a specialty. School of Medicine 1972 alumnus Jerry W. Jackson, M.D., found his calling as an undergrad. He just didn’t know it yet.

Betty Vaughan squareBetty W. Vaughan, M.D., is giving back by making a legacy scholarship with a charitable gift annuity.

Ask School of Medicine 1963 alumna Betty W. Vaughan, M.D., to describe attending medical school in the 1960s, and one word comes to her mind: fun. Dr. Vaughan’s class was a close-knit group in which breaking bread together was as common as cramming for an exam—her definition of fun.

SalmaanKamal06WebAs the second Finley Leadership Scholar, Kamal receives a new white coat with special insignia – and a full-tuition scholarship for his third and fourth years in medical school.Salmaan Zaki Kamal has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Sara Crews Finley, M.D., Endowed Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship, which supports students who demonstrate exceptional academic and leadership abilities, includes full tuition for the third year of medical school and is renewable for the fourth year.

Read the full article on the Campaign for UAB website.

MultispecialtyClinicMontgomeryThe training of third and fourth-year medical students and residents at the UAB School of Medicine Montgomery Regional Campus is being enhanced by the opening of a new multispecialty clinic, formed in partnership with Baptist Health and the UAB Health System. The UAB Medicine Multispecialty Clinic is located on the campus of at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. Baptist South and East are also the home of the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus, one of the School of Medicine’s three regional campuses, including Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Initially, the clinic will offer four specialties—urology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and rheumatology—with hopes of expanding to other specialties in the coming years. The clinic opened August 1 and houses 10 new physicians who have been recruited by Baptist Health.