BVAMC HemOncL to R: Drs. Ravi Bhatia, Devika Das, and Lisle NabellDevika Das, MD (Assistant Professor and BVAMC Section Chief, Hematology and Oncology) reports that productivity at the BVAMC Hematology and Oncology Clinic has risen from the bottom quartile to the top quartile in the nation in the past year. The improvement is due to extensive efforts to recognize and capture the complexity of their patients at the VA with accurate billing and coding. Ultimately, this will result in more resources for patient care. Kudos to all who contributed to this stellar improvement. We look forward to your continued growth and success!

PrimaryCareScholars webCongratulations to the 2019-2020 Primary Care Scholars! The Primary Care Scholars program gives second-year residents the opportunity to experience high-performing outpatient practices, gain understanding of team-based primary care, and to develop into their full potential as future leaders of primary care.

L to R: Drs. Anne Wagstaff, Salmaan Kamal, Hilary Ragsdale and Kelly McMaster

TRS WinnersCongratulations to the Department of Medicine 35th Annual Trainee Research Symposium Winners! TRS highlights the hard work and talent among our extraordinary trainees in both basic science and clinical research. More than 125 Fellows, Graduate Students, Post-Doctoral Scholars, and Residents submitted abstracts to the poster competition. Congratulations to all who participated in the symposium, and thanks to all the faculty who judged their fine work.

This year’s poster winners are: Graduate Student Crystal Taylor; Fellow Sudeep Aryal, MD; Resident Laura Stanko, MD; Post-Doctoral Scholar Bryan K. Becker, PhD

Colon on the CornerPictured above: Gastroenterology and Hepatology’s Monti Nix; Jim Callaway, MD; Jacalyn Witherspoon; and Ali Ahmed, MD, participate in the UAB Employee Wellness’ Annual “Colon on the Corner” Event.Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers with early detection, which is why UAB Employee Wellness hosted its annual “Colon on the Corner” event to talk about colon health and screening. Our Gastroenterology and Hepatology division recommends that if you're 45 or older, you should talk with your doctor to discuss what screening option is right for you. See Colorectal Cancer FAQs.

Baskin webMonica Baskin, PhD (Professor, Preventive Medicine) received the 2019 President’s Diversity Champion Award for her research with community engagement to better understand and address social determinants of minority health and health disparities. She also serves on multiple university committees focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. She is part of the inaugural cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program, and she chairs both the Jefferson County Collaborative for Health Equity and the new Jefferson County Health Action Partnership. Congrats, Dr. Baskin!