IMG 0097-2-lrTwo events over the last couple of weeks gave the School of Medicine the opportunity to publicly demonstrate one of our core values: diversity in our student body and faculty. In mid-September, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Capital City Medical Society in Montgomery ; in early October, the School hosted a reception for our minority faculty and students.

 The goal for each of these events—and for many activities and programs in which we are investing time and resources—is to make it clear that the School of Medicine is committed to recruiting and supporting a more inclusive student body and faculty to better serve the needs of our increasingly diverse society.

This commitment is not merely about equity: It is about excellence, and it represents our core belief in the power of different perspectives and experiences to enrich the learning environment. Further, we believe that providing culturally competent health care is also key to reducing—and ultimately eliminating—a range of health-care disparities among African-Americans, Hispanics, and other medically underserved and marginalized populations. To make a true and lasting impact on such disparities, we need those populations and communities represented in our classrooms, laboratories, clinics, and leadership roles.

Scholarships provide the competitive edge needed to successfully recruit the best and brightest minority students to the School of Medicine. By offering scholarships to deserving students to reward their academic performance, encourage their ambitions, and alleviate their financial burden, we demonstrate that UAB is a welcoming, nurturing, and challenging place where all students can excel. 

To assist us with our efforts to support faculty, we have named two key leaders to new positions:

Fouad-Mona-MDMPHDr. Mona N. Fouad, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Fouad, who directs UAB’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center and our Division of Preventive Medicine, has a truly outstanding track record in coaching faculty to successfully attract grant funding, and has also invested significant time in mentoring women physicians and scientists.

Carlton-Young-for-webDr. Carlton J. Young
, Assistant Dean for Medical Student Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Young is a Professor in our Division of Transplant Surgery, and is focusing his efforts on recruiting top students from a wide range of backgrounds to our School.


To ensure that our efforts succeed, we seek strong partnerships with our alumni, the practice community and the community at large. I invite you to participate by supporting scholarships, serving as a mentor to a student, a resident or a young faculty member, and helping showcase UAB as a great place to learn and work. 

For details on how you can help, e-mail me at For more on our diversity efforts, please visit our website .