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Fellows Back Row: Drs. Brian May, Adolfo Molina, Alana Nichols, Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Carlie Stein, Lisa Willet, Mitch Cohen. Front Row: Karla Williams and Channing Brown 

Medicine-Pediatrics resident Alana Nichols, J.D., M.D., has been named a Birmingham Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 honoree for 2022. The recognition highlights her accomplishments in two challenging professions: law and medicine. Nichols’ scholarship has been a key to her success, as evidenced by the innovative program she co-developed with MSTP student Alana Jones. The program teaches analytical test taking skills that help students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine succeed on standardized tests. Thus far, the program has helped 10 students improve 50 points from baseline scores and pass their USMLE Step 1 Exam — remarkable results that she presented at the AAME/Ottawa 2022 Conference. We salute you, Dr. Nichols!

More Good News for September 02, 2022

Drs. Devika Das, Renee Heffron, Mark Newbrough, and Division Administrator Ladonna Elliott were selected to participate in the Healthcare Leadership Academy training program which is designed to develop professional skills for future leaders of UAB.

Gastroenterology fellow Lindsey Shipley, M.D., and colleagues discuss the pitfall of accepting prior diagnosis of chronic disease without consulting the illness script for the chronic disease and comparing that to the patient’s course.

Kevin Riggs, M.D., MPH (Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine) and colleagues report health records may not accurately identify a substantial proportion of drug overdoses and call for alternative approaches to enhance overdose surveillance.

The Department is saddened by the death of John H. Holt, Jr., M.D., who served the Division of Cardiovascular Disease for nearly 60 years. He was the last surviving fellow of Dr. Tinsley Harrison and is fondly remembered for his devotion to training cardiology fellows.