MS3ClerkshipThanks to the dedication of a group of volunteers, both on the UAB Campus and at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, students are now able to do ambulatory clinic rotations on the main campus. Drs. Brooks Vaughan and Winter Williams, the co-directors of the Internal Medicine Clerkship, have developed a curriculum that the preceptors can use, even on busy clinic days. Student feedback regarding the outpatient medicine experience has dramatically improved as a result of these efforts. Kudos to all our volunteers: Stephen Stair, Stephen Bell, Jennifer Vigil, James Williams, Hernando Carter, and Michael Geer, Eric Tofil, Felicia Noerager, Reginald Mason, Meleth Raveendran, Michael Moates and Sharon Balcells.

Above: James Williams, MD, with MTSP third-year medical student Joseph Ladowski, PhD

House Calls TeamThanks to the UAB House Calls program, many frail, older patients who once bounced in and out of the emergency room or the hospital for their care are experiencing life changing results. By employing an interdisciplinary team—a physician, nurse practitioner, medical assistant, case manager and social worker—to visit in the home, this vulnerable population can better cope with serious and chronic illness. What's more, thanks to frank and honest discussions about their goals of care, many reach the end of their lives at home surrounded by family, rather than in the hospital. House Calls Medical Director Marianthe Grammas, MD (Assistant Professor, Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care) is encouraged by her recent findings, which demonstrate that these patients are both living and dying with greater hope, comfort, and security.

Hayden Hatfield Ryals and Skye Savren-McCormickAbove: Skye Savren-McCormick, left, and Hayden Hatfield Ryals. Photo credit: Mike Broadway Photography.Ayman Saad, MD (Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology) and his team at UAB performed a bone marrow harvest that has produced a beautiful and an unexpected friendship. Hayden Hatfield Ryals signed up to be a marrow donor and ended up not only being a perfect match, but also saving the life of Skye Savren-McCormick, who was suffering from junvenile myelomonocytic leukemia at the time. Two years later, the pair is still close, and Skye was the flower girl in Hayden’s wedding. Great job to Dr. Saad and his team! 

Congratulations to the 2018 Dean's Excellence Awardees in the Department of Medicine: Drs. Antony, Ballesteros-Tato, Barnett, Baskin, Frank, Kumar and Rowe. Keep up the good work!

EAB 2 web2L to R: Sal Kamal, MD; Win Williams, MD; Jason Morris, MD; Todd McCarty, MD; Oliver Sinquefield, MD; Jordan Tannenbaum, MD; and Danielle Witt, MDUAB Internal Medicine took the award for most competitors in the Equal Access Birmingham Heart + Sole 5K thanks to strong turnout by residents, fellows and faculty. Our top faculty runner was Todd McCarty, MD (Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) who finished #8 overall. Shout outs to all participants, especially to the enthusiastic Dr. Well-Be, for their support of the EAB cause!