Patient Care Kudos go to Spencer Idstein, MD (R-4) for his proactive work to transition an 18- year-old male patient with cerebral palsy from the pediatric primary care clinic to IM4. 

Patient care kudos go to our S9 Care Team on the Tinsley Service. For the past month, they cared for a Hispanic patient with metastatic cancer who required oxygen but didn’t qualify for outpatient care due to his immigration status. Knowing end of life was imminent, everyone worked valiantly to reunite this patient with his family in Mexico. The advocacy was remarkable and multi-disciplinary, involving residents William Moore, MD, Michael Osunsanmi, MD, and Sarah Marucci, MD; S9 leaders Kelley Williams, RN, and Martin Rodriguez, MD; social worker Kalyn Burgio; and James Willig, MD, who frequently acted as a translator. In a heart wrenching twist, the patient didn’t live to make the trip home. Nevertheless, we are terrifically inspired by the depth and breadth of compassion that all who were involved demonstrated for this patient. 

Four Department of Medicine faculty had articles included in the New England Journal of Medicine “Notable Articles of 2015” publication. 

On February 1, 2016, units at UAB Highlands shifted the default “Tomorrow AM” lab draw time from the Midnight to 2:00 a.m. period to the 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. period. This has resulted in less interrupted sleep for patients! Thanks to Medical Directors Jim Hunter, Sujan Ravi, Brent Ponce, and Katrina Booth, as well as Nursing Director Beth Clarkson and Lab Director Dianne Morris. It took all of them, plus the tremendous support of the nursing managers, staff nurses, and patient care technicians, to make this important change in patient care.

The Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology has received a $1.34 Million T32 Training Program Grant from NIAMS. This five-year award will fund pre- and post-doctoral fellows in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases research.