Michael B. Faircloth, M.D., medical and laboratory director of UAB Student Health and Wellness, has been named interim chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, effective April 1.
UAB is leading a team of researchers in a trial to combat blood pressure risk factors.
Gates, a second-year medical student, is passionate about becoming a primary care physician. For her, pursuing a career in medicine means returning to her hometown of Aliceville, Ala. to care for the community where she grew up.
This summer, 26 medical students are shadowing primary care physicians in 20 rural Alabama areas as part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine's Pathway Program.
The Primary Care Scholars Program is a strategic initiative aimed to keep medical students interested in primary care careers by providing them mentors, career modeling and academic opportunities.