Commitment to Diversity

ped transplantAs part of the University of Alabama School of Medicine (SOM), the UAB Department of Surgery, believes that a diverse community of faculty and learners is essential to fulfilling our mission and vision. Including individuals with diverse perspectives and experience enriches the educational experience for all learners, allows us to more effectively address health care inequities and improves the quality of our scholarship and clinical care. The UAB Department of Surgery has established the following goals to continue to grow a culture of diversity and inclusion:

  • To increase both race and gender faculty diversity by recruiting and hiring from a diverse, qualified group of potential applicants.

  • To create a pipeline for future diversity in faculty recruitment by establishing our residency and fellowship training programs as hubs for diversity and providing career development pathways.

  • To cultivate a culture that encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness where talents and differences of all employees are respected and valued. Ultimately, this will allow individuals to contribute to their full potential and increase retention.

  • To demonstrate leadership accountability regarding diversity and inclusion in the Department of Surgery by measuring results, requiring accountability, refining approaches and ultimately institutionalizing a culture of inclusion.

Featured News

  • Save the Date: 2017 Women in Surgery Program

    The UAB Department of Surgery started UAB Women in Surgery to provide camaraderie and community for female surgeons and encourage female medical students to choose surgical specialties.

  • Beierle selected as one of 2016 Women Who Shape the State

    Pediatric surgeon Elizabeth Beierle, M.D., was selected as one of 2016 Women Who Shape the State by Al.com. More than 100 women were nominated and 29 women were selected for the second annual presentation of this award, which seeks to honor women throughout Alabama. From the UAB School of Medicine, Mona Fouad, M.D., was also honored. 

  • UAB Selected to Host 2018 SBAS Annual Meeting

    logoUAB has been selected to host the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). The meeting will be held April 26-29, 2018, and Stephen Gray, MD, and Colin Martin, MD, Carlton Young, MD, are the organizing members. The UAB Department of Surgery is proud to host this meeting, which is designed to stimulate academic excellence among its members by providing a forum of scholarship in collaboration with the leading departments of surgery in the U.S. The Society was founded in 1989 against the backdrop of a paucity of African-American surgeons in academic medicine and the absence of an organized network of African-American surgeons to stimulate, mentor and inspire young surgeons and medical students to pursue academic careers.

     

    More details and registration information coming soon!

  • UAB Selected to Host 2017 SAAS Annual Meeting

    UAB has been selected to host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS), which will be held Sept. 21-22, 2017. The UAB Department of Surgery is proud to host this meeting, which will be the second SAAS Annual Meeting held. The Society was founded in 2011 to focus on the personal and professional development of Asian academic surgeons with the belief that the best way to increase Asian representation in the leadership of academic surgery is to prepare future generations to succeed. Jayleen Grams, MD,PhD, is the local organizing member and Herb Chen, MD, Chair of the UAB Department of Surgery, is a founding member of SAAS.

  • Jayme Locke, MD, wins 2016 Dean's Excellence Award

    lockeJayme E. Locke, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Surgery, is a junior faculty winner of the Dean’s Excellence Award in Research. Eleven outstanding faculty members were named recipients of the 2016 Dean’s Excellence Awards, an honor recognizing exceptional contributions made by School of Medicine faculty in service, teaching, research, diversity enhancement and mentorship.

  • Inaugural Women in Surgery Program Videos

    The UAB Department of Surgery has started UAB Women in Surgery to provide camaraderie and community for female surgeons and encourage female medical students to choose surgical specialties. The Inaugural Women in Surgery Program was held April 26, 2016. The successful event featured a range of topics including work-life balance, how to be successful in academic surgery and private practice, networking, contract negotiations, and more. Watch videos of many of the lectures presented.

     

  • Dr. John Stone Engages Department of Surgery's Diversity Grand Rounds

    “How do we embrace everyone across difference?” Dr. John Stone asked the auditorium of surgical residents and faculty on the early morning of January 26. “How do we maintain high levels of both ethics and professionalism?”

    Dr. Stone, MD, PhD, whose career as a cardiologist has also included acquiring a PhD in philosophy, was the featured speaker for the Department of Surgery’s Diversity Grand Rounds on January 26, 2016. As issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence increasingly confront medical students, trainees, and physicians alike, Dr. Stone agreed to weigh in on these crucial issues with a morning lecture, followed by a question and answer session with residents.

  • Mike Chen, M.D., named chief of surgery at Children's of Alabama

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    Children’s of Alabama has named Mike Chen, M.D., chief of surgery. As chief of surgery, Chen will lead one of the largest pediatric surgical services in the country. He said he wants to continue to improve the quality of care and expand the scope of surgical services, and he looks forward to improving the patient care experience for children and families who need surgical services at Children's of Alabama.

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