October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are delighted to share a story about one of UAB’s own employees who is fighting back with the help of Erica Stringer-Reasor, MD (Hematology and Oncology).  Read about Yvonne Akins inspirational journey, and the 97 friends and counting who are signing up on her team to “Race for the Cure” here. For additional ways you can celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, click here.

 According to Mona Fouad, MD (Director, Preventive Medicine) only 25 percent of American adults get the recommended amount of physical activity, and 29 percent don’t engage in any leisure-time physical activity at all. To address this public health problem, the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center recently launched Parks Rx, a program where health care providers literally prescribe exercise for their patients and direct them to local parks and outdoor spaces to get moving. Read the UAB News story here

Kellie Flood, MD (Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) and Emily Simmons, MSN, RN-BC, CNL (NICHE Coordinator) led the Seventh Annual UAB Geriatric Quality Symposium on Monday, September 26, celebrating the inter-professional collaboration of 44 Geriatric Scholars in 12 quality improvement projects. The presentation included outcomes reports, recognition of scholars and community partners, awards for outstanding geriatric care, and 62 new inter-professional scholars were accepted into next year’s Geriatric Scholar Program.

Ashita Tolwani, MD (Nephrology) was presented with the 2016 UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Faculty Convocation on September 12 in the UAB Hill Student Center.

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.