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 trainees learned about health care disparities in the state of Alabama (an orientation topic introduced in 2018), diversity and inclusion, and other UAB Medicine priorities. They also participated in an AIDET training session that familiarized them with UAB’s patient communication framework (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, and Thank You). A big thank you goes out to Alice Goepfert, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official (DIO) for UAB Hospital; Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., associate DIO; and the entire GME Office team for creating and implementing this important learning experience.

Residents joining one of our 93 accredited residency programs cited a variety of reasons for choosing UAB. Paige Schroder, M.D., an anesthesiology resident who joined us from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, mentioned the strong presence of women in anesthesiology leadership among her reasons for coming to UAB. Marquis Griffin, M.D., an internal medicine resident from Morehouse School of Medicine, says the comfort he felt among the faculty and staff he met during the interview process helped him choose UAB. Orthopaedic surgery resident William Davis, M.D., chose UAB because of the opportunity to gain a widely varied wealth of experience.

This year, we also welcomed back many students who completed medical school at UAB. Our class of 2019 had a match rate of 98 percent—above the national average—and we are particularly gratified that 46 graduates chose to continue their medical training at UAB. We are honored that all our new residents and fellows have chosen UAB for this critical next stage of their training. I wish them the very best.

Finally, I was deeply honored to be presented with the 2019 Dr. James T. Black Award by 100 Black Men of America Inc. at its annual conference in June. 100 Black Men is an international organization focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities, and creating mentoring relationships in the African-American community. I consider it an honor and a privilege to mentor and serve our school and community. This award reflects the incredible talents and abilities of our physicians, researchers, and students, and I hope it further reinforces that Birmingham is a place for the nation’s best talent to live and thrive.

Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine
Dean, UAB School of Medicine
James C. Lee Jr. Endowed Chair
University of Alabama at Birmingham