Master of the “Massachusetts Model” for treating opioid addiction with buprenorphine, Jeffrey Samet, MD, MA, MPH, recently served as a Tinsley Harrison, MD, Visiting Scholar for the Department of Medicine. His visit, spearheaded by Jessica Merlin, MD, MPH (Infectious Diseases) Stefan Kertesz, MD (Preventive Medicine) and Elizabeth Turnipseed, MD (General Internal Medicine) sparked an important discussion about opioid use, chronic pain, and how UAB might approach addiction medicine in the future. If you missed his public presentations, you can access them here.

UAB Health System partnered with Baptist Health to open the UAB Medicine Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South in August. Ten new physicians have been hired to practice four much-needed specialties, including gastroenterology (2), endocrinology (2), rheumatology (3), and urology (3). The clinic is located on the first and second floors of the UAB School of Medicine building on the campus of BMC South.

James Willig, MD, MSPH (Infectious Diseases) will serve as SOM Assistant Dean for Clinical Education beginning October 1. The new position will strengthen collaborative and coordinated clinical training for medical students across the School’s four campuses.

Several IM Residents participated in Equal Access Birmingham “Heart and Sole 5K” Fundraiser last Saturday. The race raised approximately $21,000 for the free health clinic which is operated by UAB medical students, and intern Connor Wann, MD came in first place!

On August 9, local and state officials, policymakers, IT experts, and telehealth industry leaders from around the country attended the 5th Annual Alabama Telehealth Summit. Coordinated by the Alabama Partnership for Telehealth and Southeastern Telehealth Resource Center, the event summit focused on best practices in implementation and suggestions for expanding telemedicine in Alabama. Nephrology's Eric Wallace, MD, was a featured speaker.