Vickers BookcaseIn just a few days, the School of Medicine will make a big announcement—a really big announcement—and we want you to be part of it.

On Friday, March 6, we will kick off our School of Medicine Alumni Campaign with a goal that may make some jaws drop. This phase of the billion-dollar Campaign for UAB seeks to inspire medical alumni—MD graduates, former residents and fellows, and graduates of our Joint Health Sciences programs—to join us and our Alumni Campaign Steering Committee as we take a giant leap forward in education, research, and clinical care, powered by philanthropic investment.

The kickoff reception—Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. at the Birmingham Marriott at Grandviewis open to all alumni, with a great band, great food, and the opportunity to visit with fellow graduates during our 42nd annual Medical Alumni Weekend. Please plan to join us—RSVP to or 205-934-4463 by Monday, March 2.

See below for details on Medical Alumni Weekend, including a preview of the inaugural Mini-Medical School, the newly renamed Reynolds-Finley Lecture, available CME credits, and much more. I hope to see you there.


Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair

Go Back to Medical School
Mini Medical SchoolSpend a half-day on Friday, March 6, learning how we teach medicine in the 21st Century. At Mini-Medical School, alumni will experience firsthand our innovative approach to education, meet some of today’s master teachers, and participate in simulation and interprofessional learning activities with medical students. Registration (required in advance) is $50, and lunch is included; participation is limited to 75. The program begins at 8 a.m. For details, call 205-934-4463. (3.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit are available.)

Join Us for the Reynolds-Finley Lecture
Finley lecture libraryA gift from Sara J. Finley and Randall W. Finley, M.D., honors their father, Dr. Wayne H. Finley, professor emeritus, genetics pioneer, and avid medical historian, by adding the Finley name to the Reynolds Historical Library and Reynolds Historical Lectureship.

On Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at Volker Hall Lecture Room E, the Finley family will be recognized at the 36th annual lecture—now known as the Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture—featuring Bert Hansen, Ph.D., professor of history at the City University of New York. His talk is titled “Louis Pasteur and the Pleasures of Art.” (1 hour of AMA PRA Category 1 credit is available.)

Located on the third floor of Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, the newly renamed Reynolds-Finley Historical Library holds more than 13,000 rare books and manuscripts pertaining to the history of medicine and science. The Finley name has also been added to an endowment for the continued enhancement and expansion of the collection. Click here to learn more.

Karam to Deliver 23rd Annual Pittman Lecture
karam lectureGeorge H. Karam, M.D., chief medical resident in 1981 and now head of the Internal Medicine Department at LSU Health Sciences Center in Baton Rouge, will present the 23rd annual Constance S. and James A. Pittman Lecture on Saturday, March 7, at 12:30 p.m. during the 42nd Annual Medical Alumni Weekend. Dr. Karam’s talk, “Principles of Medicine as Taught by Dr. Tinsley Harrison,” takes place during the MAA Awards Luncheon at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel at Grandview, following the morning scientific sessions, at which attendees can earn up to 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Afternoon scientific sessions offer an additional 3.5 credits. Click here for topics, speakers, costs, and to register (required in advance).