Selwyn Vickers 4 LRThis month, the School of Medicine will once again welcome the incoming class of medical students with our annual White Coat Ceremony, taking place Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre. The ceremony follows a Welcome Event featuring barbecue and spectacular city views hosted by the Medical Alumni Association on Saturday, August 17, at Vulcan Park and Museum.

I’m always pleased to

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRThis month, the School of Medicine will once again welcome the incoming class of medical students with our annual White Coat Ceremony, taking place Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre. The ceremony follows a Welcome Event featuring barbecue and spectacular city views hosted by the Medical Alumni Association on Saturday, August 17, at Vulcan Park and Museum.

I’m always pleased to

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRAs summer heats up, our School of Medicine has again welcomed a new class of residents and fellows. The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Office hosted an orientation for over 189 of them Wednesday, June 19, at UAB Hospital’s West Pavilion. Institutional leaders welcomed the new residents and fellows, who attended multiple presentations and training sessions to prepare them for their training at UAB. The

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRUAB’s star is on the rise among U.S. biomedical research institutions. The School of Medicine has gained 10 spots in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding rankings since 2013—from No. 31 to No. 21 in 2018—and is on the cusp of achieving one of our central strategic goals of a top 20 ranking. Moreover, UAB is among an elite group of eight academic medical centers that has attained more than $100

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRI am pleased to share an abundance of exciting news with you this month. First off, UAB has named Dr. Mona Fouad’s “Healthy Alabama 2030: Live HealthSmart” project the winning proposal of the university’s inaugural Grand Challenge. Dr. Fouad is the director of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, director of the Division of Preventive Medicine, and senior associate dean

...

Vickers bookcase cropped LRI often say the two most important days in the lives of medical students are the day they get in to medical school and the day they get out. On March 15, we celebrated another outstanding Match Day, with 98 percent of medical students matching into residency positions. Our students will continue their medical training at 89 institutions in 30 states across the U.S.

I had a somewhat subdued Match

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRMarch is Women’s History Month, and I’d like to honor the incredible work done every day by women on our faculty and staff. At the School of Medicine, we have made significant strides in increasing gender parity among our faculty and students. In 2014, the gender breakdown in our faculty was 65 percent male/35 percent female. In fiscal year 2018, it was 53 percent male/47 percent female. The

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRIn 1969, the University of Alabama at Birmingham was born as an independent institution firmly rooted in Birmingham, the product of uniting a university extension center and a pioneering academic medical center. Since then, the ideas and innovations that flow from UAB have energized our community and helped transform our city and state. While the School of Medicine’s history dates back to the

...

Selwyn Vickers 4 LRLater this week, I will have the pleasure of presenting surgery grand rounds at Yale School of Medicine. With Martin Luther King Jr. Day coming up Jan. 21, I am taking the opportunity to talk about an early champion of diversity in medicine and a seminal figure in my own medical training: Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. A Montgomery native, Dr. Watkins broke new ground all along his journey to becoming a

...

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

...

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,

...

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

...

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

...

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.,

...

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

...

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

...

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

...

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

...

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

...
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...