SPARC, a UAB Medicine and Medscape innovation initiative, awarded three winners shared funding of $40,000 in grants for quality improvement projects at the end of 2016. The winners recently shared their outcomes and insights from their projects approximately a year after receiving the funding.
Surya Bhatt, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, is the junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Research.
Ken Saag, M.D., M.Sc., the Jane Knight Low professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Mentorship.
The UAB Libraries will host its 39th annual Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture on Friday, March 9, at 4 p.m. This year’s speaker will be Stephen M. Taylor, M.D. Taylor will present a lecture titled “The Opioid Crisis.”

The purpose of these grants is to enable School of Medicine faculty members to organize and integrate multidisciplinary teams of accomplished investigators who will compete successfully for long-term support from funding agencies.

Clinical trials from the final Department of Medicine divisions recently went live in OnCore, marking the successful completion of another major phase of the implementation plan. OnCore is replacing the older, and no longer supported, SiteMinder system.
Many patients who live in rural areas will not have to travel as far to see their doctors thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The federal agency granted UAB $495,877 to grow its telehealth network.

Stefan Kertesz, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Preventive Medicine, is the senior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Service.

Five faculty members in the UAB School of Medicine have been named the 2018 class of James A. Pittman Jr., M.D., Scholars, a program created to recognize the contributions of junior faculty and support the recruitment and retention of highly competitive scientists and physician-scientists.
Marianthe Grammas, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, is a junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Service.
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