Selwyn Vickers 4 LRFor many people, giving gifts is a treasured part of the holiday season. This year, we are especially grateful for all of the gifts, both large and small, given to the School of Medicine by our alumni and friends. Their support is essential to advancing our missions in medical education, biomedical research, and patient care.

On Dec. 4, UAB announced a remarkable act of philanthropy and

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Selwyn Vickers 4 LREvery year around this time, I am reminded that we at the School of Medicine have much for which to be thankful. Above all, we are fortunate to be part of an organization that makes a real difference in people’s lives through the care we provide, the students we train, and the research we conduct in our labs with the potential to change the future of treatment for many diseases.

For this reason,

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Selwyn Vickers 4 LRThis month I’m pleased to share with you some highlights from our busy fall season thus far. On September 20, we welcomed dozens of donors, guests, current and former school leaders, and medical scholarship recipients to our 2018 Scholarship Dinner. This annual tradition offers us an opportunity to thank the many supporters who help make our students’ dreams of medical school a reality, and allows us

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Selwyn Vickers, MD, FACSWhile a few decades may have passed since I attended medical school, I vividly recall the strong bonds I developed with some of my instructors. One of the influential figures in my life was Dr. Levi Watkins, an African-American surgeon from Montgomery who launched a program to actively recruit minority students to Johns Hopkins’ medical school. Another mentor was Dr. John Cameron, a surgeon whose

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Vickers bookcase cropped LROn Sunday I attended a seminal event in the lives of our students when the School of Medicine welcomed our incoming first-year medical students at the White Coat Ceremony. On hand to help students don their new white coats, which are generously provided each year by the Medical Alumni Association, were David Bramm, M.D., representing the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus; Gustavo Heudebert, M.D.,

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Vickers bookcase cropped LRSummer is an exciting time for our School of Medicine, as we recently welcomed a new class of residents and fellows. Our UAB Graduate Medical Education (GME) team hosted an orientation for over 180 of them on Wednesday, June 20. The new crop of residents and fellows learned about the physician well-being resources we have available and UAB Medicine’s preferred method of communicating with

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Vickers bookcase cropped LROn Saturday, May 18, we celebrated the graduation of 177 new physicians at the School of Medicine’s Commencement Ceremony. I am proud to report that a third of them are staying in Alabama for their residencies, and a full 42 percent of the class will pursue residencies in a primary care field. Six members of the class also received Ph.D.s as members of our Medical Scientist Training Program, and

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Vickers bookcase cropped LRPrecision medicine—which takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology in order to prevent and treat disease in more personalized and effective ways—is rapidly changing the practice of medicine. But the key to unlocking the full promise of precision medicine is data, which is why I am so pleased that UAB has been chosen to partner with the National Institutes of

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VickersAt Match Day on March 16, our fourth-year medical students found out where they will conduct their residencies. Match Day marks the culmination of medical school, one of the most exhilarating and challenging periods in a physician’s life. I am proud of the Class of 2018 for all their hard work and dedication, which helped them achieve a 98-percent match rate into residencies at 74 institutions in 27

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VickersEarlier this month, we welcomed a group of faculty members from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The visit is part of an ongoing effort of our Global Health Initiative here at the School of Medicine. Our Global Health team with School of Medicine support is working to formalize and expand our existing global health efforts and forge new partnerships in

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VickersSome good news released this month highlights the central role the university and the School of Medicine play in our city’s and state’s economy and health. As reported on Feb. 7, data released by the National Science Foundation shows that UAB as a whole had $538 million in research expenditures in 2016, and ranked No. 15 nationally among public universities and No. 31 overall in federally funded...

VickersReflecting on the past year as we set off into 2018, I am energized by our steady progress – and some major leaps forward – across all our mission areas, in medical education, patient care, and research. On January 24, I will deliver the annual State of the Schooladdress, which highlights achievements from the past year in the core values of academic medicine that I believe set UAB and the

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VickersWith the whirlwind of activity surrounding the holidays, it’s easy to lose sight of the true essence of the season: the spirit of giving. I am very proud of the many ways in which our school, the university as a whole, and the UAB Health System give back to our community throughout the year. Here are a few facts illustrating that impact:

   • UAB faculty, staff, and students generate more than...

VickersOn October 27, we celebrated the School of Medicine’s 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where we brought together scholarship donors with the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic spirit. In many cases, medical school would be out of reach for these exceptional young people if not for the financial bridge that scholarships create. You can view an online photo gallery of the event by

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On October 27, we celebrated the School of Medicine’s 12th Annual Scholarship Dinner, where we brought together scholarship donors with the medical students who benefit from their philanthropic spirit. In many cases, medical school would be out of reach for these exceptional young people if not for the financial bridge that scholarships create. You can view an online photo gallery of the event

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Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” I believe the vibrant culture of collaboration our School of Medicine has fostered is an extraordinary embodiment of this sentiment and is a key factor in all our achievements. We are continuing this upward trajectory by adding a department, naming a new associate dean for Graduate Medical Education,

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When tragedy strikes, people say to look for the heroes. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought utter devastation to areas in Texas, the Louisiana Gulf Coast, Florida, and South Carolina, but thankfully the heroes are in good supply.

And many of those heroes wear white coats and scrubs. In Houston, a doctor whose own home was flooded used every means necessary—journeying by canoe and then

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Last Sunday, I attended one of my favorite annual events when the School of Medicine welcomed our incoming first-year medical students at the White Coat Ceremony. On hand to help students don their new white coats were Roger Smalligan, M.D., regional dean of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus; Gustavo Heudebert, M.D., incoming interim dean of the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus; and

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At the School of Medicine, we are committed to promoting student wellness both inside and outside the medical school setting. Since their creation in 2011, the Learning Communities have helped our medical students navigate medical school while maintaining physical and mental well-being. These 11 small groups led by faculty mentors from a variety of disciplines incorporate discussions on

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This summer brings excitement and grateful reflection as we at the School of Medicine welcome new leaders, thank their predecessors, and mourn the passing of an influential teacher and mentor.

In last month’s newsletter, I shared the news that Matt Might, Ph.D., a national leader in precision medicine, has been appointed the inaugural director of UAB’s Hugh Kaul Personalized Medicine Institute.

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