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  • Diversity Fair Showcases the Wealth of School of Medicine Diversity

    On February 3, 2017, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion launched the first annual School of Medicine Diversity Fair, as a celebratory conclusion to Diversity Day. Designed to highlight the diversity of culture, background, and experience present in the UAB School of Medicine, the Fair featured multicultural food booths designed and presented by the departments within the School, as well as UAB Medicine's Marketing and Communications department. 2.3.17 UAB Diverstiy Fair web res dms 15

    The Birmingham Girls Choir and an international jazz band performed, and local artists showcased their artwork. Local slam poets, led by Brian Voice Porter, performed original work. Several hundred School of Medicine faculty and staff, as well as their families, attended the event, filling the lobby and upstairs of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

  • Minority Faculty Reception and Diversity Grand Rounds Highlight Second-Look Weekend

    Light jazz music riffed in the background at the UAB Alumni House as prospective medical residents and current UAB School of Medicine faculty moved through the large ballroom on the evening of February 2. The annual Minority Faculty Reception, held to recognize the crucial contributions of minority faculty at the UAB School of Medicine, was underway at the same time that many departments within the school welcomed back prospective residents for a "second look." 25 medical students considering IMG 0144residencies in 10 School of Medicine departments chatted easily with faculty members while enjoying a buffet. 

    February 2-3, 2017 marked an eventful week's end for the School of Medicine's Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). In addition to the Minority Faculty Reception, on the evening of February 2, the ODI was sponsoring Diversity Grand Rounds, featuring John Ruffin, Ph.D., at noon on February 3, followed by the launch of the School of Medicine's first annual Diversity Fair. 

  • Diversity Fair to Celebrate Diversity Within UAB School of Medicine

    The UAB School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion is delighted to announce its first annual Diversity Fair, to be held February 3, 2017, in the lobby of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Fair will feature booths from various departments within the School of Medicine, which will showcase the diversity within each department. Local musicians, including the Birmingham Girls' Choir, will perform; the work of local visual and performance artists will also be showcased. Light refreshments will provide a window into the culinary stylings of international cultures. 

    "The Diversity Fair is a unique opportunity to celebrate all of the differences that bring us together," says Mona Fouad, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the UAB School of Medicine. "It provides us with a creative way to recognize that diversity is everyone."

    The event is free and open to the public.


  • AMWA Membership Drive Kicks Off Fall Events

    AMWA Doctors Membership DriveOn September 14, the UAB Chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) kicked off their fall schedule with a membership drive. From their position near the North Pavilion elevators, Lauren Walter, M.D., Marisa Marques, M.D., and other AMWA members passed out popcorn and fliers and invited faculty of the School of Medicine to sign up to be a part of the organization.

    The UAB Chapter of AMWA meets once a month, usually during the lunch hour, to discuss issues critical to women in medicine and science within the School of Medicine. Open to both M.D.s and Ph.Ds, AMWA endeavors to bring critical and relevant topics to the forefront and help women develop strategies to maximize career and personal success.

    For those who missed the membership drive on September 14, the next AMWA Meeting is scheduled for October 26 at 12:00 noon in West Pavilion D. Boxed lunches are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. On November 14, the regular monthly meeting will feature a special guest speaker: Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirkgraber of Indiana University, who will be delivering a presentation on negotiation skills.

  • Summer Health Enrichment Program Engages Students in Health Care

    Although summer at UAB has a sense of calm, among the health professions students were busy. As the temperature climbed over 95 degrees, the Summer Health Enrichment Program (SHEP) was in full swing, drawing together students from universities and colleges throughout the Southeast. From Miles College to Xavier University to the University of Miami, from Emory University to Auburn to Troy University, students from4 Women all walks of life assembled at UAB for 5 weeks to learn more about the realities of pursuing a career in health care.

    “SHEP identifies promising students and provides them with opportunities to strengthen their applications,” says Brandon Wolfe, Ph.D, Director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in the School of Medicine. “They also create meaningful connections and networks between like-minded students and health care professionals. In doing so, we strengthen the pipeline to the health workforce.”

    The Summer Health Enrichment Program invites undergraduate students and recent graduates to UAB to delve into numerous health care interests: medicine, rural medicine, dentistry, and physician assistant programs. SHEP students attend workshops and lectures in professionalism, basic science, interviewing skills, clinical and research experiences, and exam preparation. Interactions with physicians, optometrists, dentists and other health care professionals provide a window into those professions; laboratory experiences and community service activities offer real-world experiences.

  • Limdi earns NIH grant for patient-oriented research

    Nita A. Limdi, Pharm.D., Ph.D, a professor in the Department of Neurology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, has been awarded a LimdiMidcareer Investigator Award in patient-oriented research by the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of these awards, known as K24 grants, is to provide protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as research mentors for clinical residents, clinical fellows, and/or junior clinical faculty.

    Limdi, the interim director of the UAB Hugh Kaul Personalized Medicine Institute, is engaged in antithrombotic therapy pharmacogenomics research. Antithrombotic - or anticlotting - drugs commonly known as blood thinners, are widely used but can be challenging to prescribe. 

  • AMWA Chapter Gains Momentum

    Anita Clemo nThe UAB chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) formally launched roughly a year ago, at a lunch meeting so full that attendees packed the room, standing where there wasn’t room to sit. Since that time, Chapter President Lauren Walter, MD, with the assistance of the School of Medicine’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, has crafted an organizational structure to engage the most pressing issues facing women faculty at the UAB School of Medicine.

    On May 27, the next steps for UAB’s AMWA chapter were unveiled at a second lunch meeting. Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion for the UAB School of Medicine, provided the welcome and introduction, emphasizing the ongoing need for women to collectively advocate for gender equity within their institutions.

  • Brown and Limdi Selected for Prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program

    Two members of the School of Medicine faculty have been selected as fellows for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM) for 2016 - 2017. Cynthia J. Brown, MD, MSPH, and Nita A. Limdi, PharmD, MSPH, PhD,cynthia brown both met the extensive requirements to be accepted into this elite program – two of only 54 members accepted nationwide.

    ELAM is a year-long, part-time fellowship for women faculty in schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health. The 2016-2017 class will be the 22nd incoming class for ELAM, which remains the only program in North America committed to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. ELAM’s mission is of crucial importance when considered in light of the fact that women are substantially less likely than men to achieve the rank of full professor in academic medical institutions, and receive less compensation than men in comparable positions. The higher the rank in academic medicine, the more under-represented women are as a group – comprising roughly 16% of all deans in such institutions nationwide.

  • Celebrating International Women's Day

    Deborah DeasOn March 8, women all over the world recognized International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women, past and present, as well as to acknowledge the distance to equality that remains to be traversed. At UAB School of Medicine, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion recognized this landmark day with a Women in Medicine Lecture and Luncheon, featuring Dr. Deborah Deas.

  • Faculty, Prospective Residents Celebrate Minority Faculty Reception

    Minority Faculty ReceptionIn an increasingly global medical environment, the pursuit of excellence through diversity is not a simple accent to the medical profession – it is an imperative. In recognition of this growing reality, the UAB School of Medicine, the SOM’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the office for Graduate Medical Education combined Second Look Weekend for prospective medical residents with the annual celebration of Diversity Day. The events were launched with a reception on the evening of February 4, which included a pre-reception gathering for minority resident applicants and a Minority Faculty Reception in the Gold Room at The Club.

  • Dr. David Satcher Celebrates Diversity Day with UAB School of Medicine

    Dr Satcher Lecture 1At five minutes to noon on February 5, Spain Auditorium was already filling to capacity as School of Medicine faculty, administration, students, residents and staff gathered to listen to Dr. David Satcher discuss the importance of diversity in medicine as part of the Diversity Day celebration for UAB School of Medicine.

    As School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students settled into their seats, Dr. Mona Fouad, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine, introduced Dr. Satcher. She noted that the native Alabamian became the president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1982 after completing his medical degree and earning a PhD in chromosome genetics. He appeared on the national stage in 1993 when he assumed the position of Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1997, President Bill Clinton nominated Satcher to become the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, a position he held until 2002. He currently serves as the Founding Director and Senior Advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

  • Surgery Diversity Grand Rounds Feature Dr. John Stone

    John Stone“How do we embrace everyone across difference?” Dr. John Stone asked the auditorium of surgical residents and faculty on the early morning of January 26. “How do we maintain high levels of both ethics and professionalism?”

  • Chapter for American Medical Women's Association Launches at UAB

    AMWAThe board room in the Western Pavilion Conference Center was filled beyond capacity already; still, as the inaugural meeting for the American Medical Women’s Association began, women continued to slip through the door in the back, lunches in hand. More than 40 attendees filled the chairs and ranged along the back wall to find out what the presence of AMWA at the UAB SOM would mean for them.