Spring at the School of Medicine means celebrating our graduating medical students. This year’s Match Day, which took place March 17, was the largest and among the most competitive to date. A record-high 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vied for 31,757 positions, the most ever offered in the Match. The number of available first-year (PGY-1) positions rose to 28,849, 989 more than last year.

Our medical students made an outstanding show at Match Day, with a 98 percent match rate. Our graduates will go on to residency training at 75 institutions in 29 states across the country.

The greatest number of our 172 graduates matched into internal medicine (26), followed by pediatrics (22), emergency medicine (17), and family medicine (16). Other matched specialties include:

• General Surgery (15)
• Obstetrics and Gynecology (12)
• Preliminary Medicine (8)
• Orthopaedic Surgery (5)
• Anesthesiology (5)
• Neurology (4)
• Psychiatry (4)
• Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (3)
• Pathology (2)
• Surgery-Preliminary (2)

UAB is also celebrating the successful recruitment of residents into its 33 residency programs. A total of 220 new residents, representing 63 U.S. and 27 international universities, will begin this summer in programs at Birmingham, Huntsville, Selma, and Montgomery.

Now that Match Day is behind them, the final step on the road to graduation is Commencement. The School of Medicine Commencement Ceremony is this Saturday, May 20, at Bartow Arena. Doors open at noon and the ceremony begins at 1 p.m. A special military ceremony for invited guests will begin at 10 a.m. for students entering the Armed Forces.

Drew Dudley, noted leadership educator and founder of Day One Leadership, will be the featured speaker. Before founding Day One, Dudley spent eight years at the University of Toronto as the director of one of Canada’s largest leadership development programs. Recognized as one of the most dynamic keynote speakers in the world, he has spoken to over 250,000 people on five continents. His TED talk has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time,” and both Time and Business Insider magazines included his talk on their lists of “speeches that will make you a better leader.”

I couldn’t be prouder of these students, and am confident that our outstanding faculty has provided them with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need not only to meet the challenges that await them, but also to become leaders in medicine.

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

May 2017