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.

behringerMelissa B. Behringer, M.D., 1991 alumna and family medicine physician.SELMA - Mention family medicine and some might say they never heard of it or wonder why any new doctor would give it a second glance when careers are considered. After all, specialists have been known to bring in big bucks to pave the way to prosperity after paying off loans of six figures or more. It takes someone special to opt for family medicine over brain surgery or organ transplants, but rewards can be measured in many different ways. Take Melissa Behringer, M.D., for instance. Her medical specialty focuses on families, on parents, on coaches who make the world go round.

Read the full article on the Montgomery Advertiser website.

Sara OliverSara Oliver is an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases.Sara E. Oliver, M.D., MSPH, has always had an interest in public health. After a medical mission trip to South America following her first year of medical school, Oliver realized she was more intrigued by the population-level health care challenges she encountered.