About Us

While the Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Housestaff Committee is primarily made up of Black/African-American members, it serves as a home for LGBTQ+, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific Islander, Women, and Native American residents and fellows to network.

The URiM Housestaff has a two-fold mission. First, URiM Housestaff promotes the recruitment of qualified underrepresented minority candidates—following the strategic direction of the Heersink School of Medicine to increase diversity at our institution. Once a candidate chooses UAB, the URiM Housestaff strives to foster a nurturing and inclusive environment for its students.

To achieve this mission, the housestaff works with faculty advisor, Dr. Samantha Hill—alongside other faculty and staff members; such as Drs. Latesha Elopre, Dr. Alice Goepfert, and more. 




Each year the URiM Housestaff sponsors a comprehensive list of events—from professional series to holiday parties. To assist with planning, we have an executive position on the URiM Housestaff team who serves as medical school liaison—assisting with the coordination of events, networking, and mentorship throughout the year.

  • Movie Night – Online movie share on Saturday August 15th
  • Professional Development Series #1 w/Dr. Tera Howard – Friday July 10th 5:00pm
  • Professional Development Series—GME only (July, March)
    Intern Welcome Party—(September)
    Meharry Socials—URiM only (October, January, March)
    Christmas Party—URiM, MedPride, SOM (December)
    Diversity Guest Speakers—URiM, MedPride (April)
    Diversity Mixer—URiM, MedPride, SOM (April)
    Graduation—URiM, MedPride (May)


With current COVID-19 guidelines, events are subject to change with the circumstances.

Housestaff Members

Learn more about our executive team members by clicking one of the names listed below.


  • Faculty Advisor | Samantha V. Hill, MD, MPH
    Faculty Advisor | Samantha V. Hill, MD, MPH

    Instructor, UAB Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine
    Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Technologies, The Adolescent Medicine Clinic
    Faculty Advisor, UAB Underrepresented in Medicine House Staff Council
    President, UAB Minority Health and Health Research Center Young Professionals Board


    Dr. Samantha Hill is a Board-Certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Physician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is dedicated to improving the lives of adolescents and young adults through healthcare, advocacy, community service, and educating the future healthcare workforce. 

    She is a native of metro Atlanta and received her undergraduate degree from Duke University; conducted research at the National Institutes of Health; and obtained her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine. She then went on to complete her pediatric residency at Jefferson Medical College/DuPont Hospital for Children before completing her Adolescent Medicine Fellowship and Masters in Public Health focused on Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership at UAB in 2019.

    She is currently an Instructor at UAB within the Department of Pediatrics Division of Adolescent Medicine where she serves as the Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Technologies. She also has a secondary appointment as an Associate Scientist at UAB’s Center for AIDS Research.

    She is the co-creator of a mentoring program aimed at strengthening the health professions pipeline for students traditionally underrepresented in health professions at a local high school in Birmingham, AL. She also is passionate about intentionality among academic centers in improving diversity and equity among students, trainees, faculty, staff and using culturally sensitive lens to improve the health equity of people of color. She serves on diversity committees within the overall graduate medical education as well as the department of pediatrics and also functions as the faculty advisor for the UAB Underrepresented in Medicine House Staff Council.

  • President | Zachary W. Walker, MD
    President | Zachary W. Walker, MD

    PGY-4 UAB Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident
    President of UAB Underrepresented in Medicine House Staff Council
    Chair of GME MedPride Committee 


    Zachary Walker received his undergraduate degree from the Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in Molecular Cellular Biology and his Medical Doctorate from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently a 4th year Obstetrics & Gynecology resident at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Since his time at UAB, he has served in various leadership roles including Chair of the Gynecology Continuity Clinic, Member of the UAB OBGYN Selection Committee, and an Interim Reproductive Medicine Instructor for the UAB School of Medicine.

    Zachary has been an active member of the URM Housestaff Committee since 2018. He has also been a member of the Diversity Committee of the General Medical Education (DCGME) since 2018 where he continued to advocate for the institutional efforts regarding diversity, inclusion, equity, and education amongst all specialties and subspecialties at UAB and furthermore amongst the Heersink School of Medicine. Given this, in 2019, he had founded the UAB GME MedPride Committee to help provide mentorship, networking, and support to LGBTQ+ medical students, residents, and fellows at UAB. 

    Zachary currently aspires to become a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) physician after graduating from residency, and plans to focus on male infertility, IVF laboratory techniques, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

  • Vice President | Mohammed Rigi, MD
    Vice President | Mohammed Rigi, MD

    Vice President of UAB Underrepresented in Medicine House Staff Council
    Heersink School of Medicine

    Mohammed Rigi received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Universiteit Van Amsterdam and a master’s in science from the same university in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 2017, he started pathology residency. Mohammed loves to care for patients and uses his resourcefulness to contribute to the culture of caring within workplace. He has made it his personal goal to begin a legacy of efforts to remove healthcare system disparities.

    Since 2017, Mohammed has been a resident member of the GME committee for diversity and inclusion. He has also served as secretary for the URM Housestaff Committee. Building on his experiences, he is currently Vice president for the URiM housestaff for the Heersink School of Medicine.

  • URM Medical School Liaison | Jeremy Towns, MD
    URM Medical School Liaison | Jeremy Towns, MD

    Resident Physician at UAB
    Founder, Next Level Sports Camps

    Co-Founder, RANSOM
    URiM Medical School Liaison of UAB Underrepresented in Medicine House Staff Council 

    Jeremy Towns is currently a resident physician at UAB who also had the opportunity to play in the NFL. His dream of attending medical school was put on hold when he was offered the opportunity to join the Washington Redskins. During his NFL journey, he also played for the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles. 

    A native of Birmingham, Jeremy received his undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine from Samford University. While balancing academics and athletics, along with experiencing two season ending injuries, Jeremy found time to help start RANSOM – a campus ministry at Samford. RANSOM has since been established on four other campuses of higher education. Jeremy is also passionate about using his gifts, talents and resources to help the next generation. This passion motivated him to help establish several Next Level Sports Camps, which is a 501c3 organization that originally started as a football camp. Next Level uses athletics as a way to attract kids and introduce them to faith.

    Today, he often volunteers at local elementary schools, mentoring children or serving as a motivational speaker. He has a host of recent accomplishments including being named 40 under 40 in the Mobile Bay Area by Mobile Bay Magazine a few months ago as well as being recognized as Samford University Outstanding Young Alumnus of The Year in 2018.


Interested in Joining?

URiM Housestaff committee is a diverse group of people who are all advocating for the promotion of diversity and inclusion at the Heersink School of Medicine. Open to residents and fellows that are in a Graduate Medical Education focused group, we advocate that URiM students also join and participate in other committee groups within the school—such as SNMA, AMWA, MedPride, etc.

For more information, please contact Dr. Zachary Walker

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Zoom Sessions

To keep ourselves and others safe during the COVID-19 epidemic, Zoom meetings will be a major mode of communication. From learning opportunities to committee meetings, here is where you can catch up on anything you might have missed.