• Asif named to the Board of Directors for the ADFM

    AsifIrfan M. Asif, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, has recently accepted a two-year appointment on the Board of Directors as chair of the Research Development Committee for the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM). The ADFM is the premier organization shaping the landscape of family medicine.

  • Building Up the Medical Workforce One Student at a Time: AHEC Scholars and COVID-19

    Odom familyA group of AHEC Scholars and other COVID-19 event workers (photos provided by the Southern Alabama AHEC)

    When a hospital or health care center experiences worker shortages, the impact can be far reaching. Shortages impact patient care, put strain on current employees and affect a hospital’s ability to make positive changes as it scrambles to complete daily tasks. The COVID-19 pandemic, including the most recent surge, has put even more pressure on health care systems and exacerbated many situations where shortages were already an issue.

    According to a recent Forbes report, more than 25% of Alabama hospitals are experiencing workforce shortages during the recent COVID surge. Other states are in a similar or worse situation; in New Mexico and Vermont, for example, more than 50% of hospitals are experiencing critical shortages. Such shortages have shown gaps and opportunities to bolster our state’s health care systems.

    Organizations like the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) are already answering the call, and have been for several years.

    AHEC is working to funnel more capable and specialized workers into health care professions both in the immediate future and in the years to come, particularly focusing on medical professionals from rural or underserved areas of Alabama. At HRSA’s direction four years ago, the AHEC Scholars program began. The program supports AHEC’s mission and seeks to equip students pursuing medical discipline degrees with innovative curriculum and clinical training opportunities. The program now supports over 160 students and hopes to recruit dozens more scholars in the coming year.

    BVonDerPool HS1(Photos provided by Southern Alabama AHEC)

    AHEC Scholars represent all areas of Alabama and serve their communities through educational events and by providing medical care. Scholars must be pursuing a two year or higher medical degree program, including physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing, or other allied health programs. The program puts emphasis on the interprofessional nature of medicine and trains its scholars on how best to work on an interprofessional team.

    Scholars commit to two years in the program which includes 40 hours of didactic training and 40 hours of clinical experiences. Scholars are encouraged to present ideas for clinical exposures, can use their time volunteering with AHEC toward their degree requirements and are offered flexibility when completing program requirements to ensure the program accomplishes its goals of building up a stronger interprofessional medical workforce. Service learning is also a major component of the program, emphasizing the importance of knowing and contributing to one’s community.

    “We try to give as much flexibility for the scholars to complete the program during their time in school,” said Lamont Dupree, associate director of North Alabama AHEC. “The idea is to have them in an interprofessional setting as much as possible to prepare them for their careers.”

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became challenging for students to get their clinical hours due to safety protocols and closures.

    “With the onset of COVID a lot of schools were going virtual, and places for students to get hours were closing,” noted Joe Crozier, executive director of North Alabama AHEC. “At the same time, we were setting up COVID testing sites in our rural areas and decided to offer the opportunity to our scholars in North Alabama.”

    AHEC leaders across the state decided to bring students into their COVID-19 outreach efforts and bolster the community events with invested volunteers.

    The North Alabama AHEC Scholars group has participated in 13 COVID-19-related activities and events to date, and the Southern Alabama AHEC Scholars have assisted with 15 events in their community so far. Combined, regional AHECs and the statewide office have held hundreds of COVID-19 testing and vaccination events for Alabamians.

    “During several testing events we were shorthanded,” said Md Ikbal Parveg, Southern Alabama AHEC director of programs. “Our scholars’ initiative, drive and motivation helped us complete thousands of COVID tests for rural community members who may otherwise not have been tested.”

    Parveg noted that these outreach events prepared the scholars for future public health emergencies and expanded their understanding of community access.

    AHEC Scholars assist with these events, still ongoing amid the omicron surge, in meaningful ways and are able to connect with their communities through compassionate medical care. According to Dupree, scholars with proper training can administer tests and vaccines or help with registration and patient education.

    Kaitlyn O’Hara, a graduate of the AHEC Scholars program and a current nurse, participated in several COVID-19 outreach events with the North Alabama AHEC office.

    “I loved being able to help with these [COVID-19 events] because they really pull the classroom knowledge into reality,” she said. “My favorite experiences were at some of the rural areas we have done testing in. I loved seeing how grateful people were to have easier access to things they’d typically have to drive far distances for—these programs have increased my passion for practicing in underserved communities.”

    O’Hara also commented on the importance of the AHEC Scholars program for expanding her medical curriculum beyond the scope of nursing.

    “The AHEC Scholars program has been a perfect supplement to my nursing education. I was able to experience community health care in a way that otherwise would not have been possible and explore different perspectives from students of other disciplines.”

    The program emphasizes the value of understanding and collaborating with all members of an interprofessional medical team. O’Hara noted that the program helped her to become more compassionate and better prepared to work as part of a health care team.

    Through AHEC Scholars, more qualified and compassionate health care workers are entering Alabama’s hospitals at a time of great need. To learn more about the program or to apply, please visit the statewide office’s website.

    Alabama Statewide AHEC is housed within the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's campus. Our department is proud to support and work with all AHEC offices across the state.

  • Celebrating the 2020 Cahaba-UAB Graduates and New Residents

    The Department of Family and Community Medicine would like to congratulate the 2020 Cahaba-UAB Family Medicine Residency graduates. Of the seven graduates, four participated in the rural track and three from the urban track. A celebration was held via Zoom on June 22 at 7 p.m. 

  • Chair's Message: Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

    I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the social struggles that we are all facing in light of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Many of us are feeling and witnessing emotions of sadness, anger, and frustration, which can take on an entirely different meaning in the setting of the Deep South, where racial injustice and disparities have had a long history.

  • Experiencing UAB from the Other Side: Crystal Odom's Family Story

    Odom familyCrystal and Alex Odom with daughter Everleigh (photos provided by the Odom family)

    Written by: Kenia Hernandez

    At 17 weeks pregnant, Crystal Odom and her family were packing to leave for Thanksgiving to Savannah, Georgia when she felt an intense amount of pressure and had to be rushed to UAB for an emergency cerclage due to an incompetent cervix, a condition that causes the cervix opens too soon during pregnancy.

    Suddenly Odom, who had worked at UAB for four years and is now a program manager for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, found herself on the patient side of the story. Odom’s medical team continued emergency care and placed a single stitch around her cervix to prevent a miscarriage or preterm delivery. A few weeks later, Odom went into early labor and her daughter Everleigh was born on Jan. 8, 2020 at 23 weeks and five days old.

    “She was tiny, but she was born just feisty,” Odom said. “She came out kicking.”

    Early Arrival

    Everleigh Odom spent the first 14 months of her life at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Children’s of Alabama.

    BVonDerPool HS1Everleigh's early days in the hospital (photos provided by the Odom family)

    Thanks to the incredible care she received, today Everleigh lives at home along with her mom, dad, Alex Odom and big sister Adeline. The Odoms have also gained new opportunities to help people who are going through medical journeys similar to Everleigh’s. Crystal Odom will serve on a parent advisory council appointed by the governor for Alabama’s Early Intervention System Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC).

    The whole process showed Crystal Odom firsthand how supportive and flexible UAB is with its patients and employees. She was able to work a hybrid schedule when she received her emergency cerclage and work from Everleigh’s NICU room after she was born.

    “My previous department in radiology was there every step of the way and supported me so much in my journey with Everleigh,” Odom said. “I could not have done it without them.”

    Crystal says that her managers and coworkers Department of Radiology never once made her feel like her daughter’s needs weren’t important and she is grateful for that.

    She was also able to see a different side of her work at UAB. Odom’s previous position was in the Department of Radiology, in administration and did not see day to day clinical operations. But when Everleigh was born, this completely changed.

    “Everleigh sometimes needed numerous x-rays a week depending on her lung status as well as other diagnostic testing on her heart and brain,” Odom said. “I am still amazed at what these individuals do for patients on a day-to-day basis.”

    Critical Period for Everleigh

    Crystal Odom said that Everleigh did struggle at first and that there were about three times she almost died in the first few months of her life. Due to Everleigh’s underdeveloped lungs, machines were breathing for her. Everleigh later developed pulmonary hypertension due to her heart and organs being underdeveloped. Odom explains that they thought Everleigh didn’t have hypertension anymore after two weeks, but she went into a hypertension crisis and it took her a couple of weeks to get out of distress.

    Everleigh was also diagnosed with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and cerebral palsy. BPD is a chronic lung disease that most often affects newborns, premature infants or infants on the ventilator. The lungs and airways (bronchi) are damaged causing tissue destruction (dysplasia) in the tiny air sacs of the lung (alveoli). If a baby needs to be on the ventilator longer than 30 days, it is more than likely they are going to develop BPD. Everleigh showed signs of BPD earlier than usual at 26 days. She was showing signs of scar tissue that the ventilator was causing but that was also keeping her alive.

    When Everleigh reached six months of age, her parents began discussing the possibility of a tracheostomy with the respiratory therapist and medical team. A tracheostomy is a surgically-created opening through the neck into the trachea to allow direct access to the breathing tube. Everleigh’s parents could see her struggling extremely hard to breathe so they knew the direct access to the breathing machine, often called a “trach,” would be the best for her well-being.

    Around that time, Everleigh’s family and care team recognized the signs of a hypertension crisis again and she was transferred to Children’s Hospital. She received the tracheostomy surgery less than a week later.

    A Turning Point for the Odoms

    BVonDerPool HS1Everleigh enjyoing life at home with her family after her successful tracheotomy surgery (photos provided by the Odom family)

    “After the surgery she was a different baby,” Crystal Odom said.

    Because Everleigh had a stable airway, she continued to improve physically and socially. This tracheostomy also allowed her to participate in Children’s of Alabama’s Pulmonary Technology Dependence Program. The Children’s of Alabama’s Pulmonary Technology Dependence Program is within the Division of Pulmonary Medicine that specializes in providing care for technology dependent children who have chronic respiratory insufficiency or failure and require specialized medical equipment for support. This program includes those who require tracheostomy, ventilator support, BiPAP, oxygen supplementation, cardio respiratory monitors and oximeters.

    Everleigh’s family could finally get her out and get her moving. They were able to hold her all the time without worrying about too many bulky machines getting in the way.

    The Odoms were very proactive in caring for their daughter as she began to transition from care in the hospital to care at home.

    “It had been nine months of every day of my life. I'm asking questions and I'm learning what is this? What is that?” Crystal Odom said.

    The family was transferred to be closer to the pulmonary unit. Odom recalls being trained on the vent program and being scared. Doctors reassured her and her husband that fear was normal, and they continued in the training, determined to do whatever it took to get Everleigh home sooner.

    “So, for the rest of the time, until she went home in March 2021, we trained,” Odom said.

    UAB’s pulmonary team got Everleigh ready to withstand the home ventilator, which is slightly different than the ventilators in hospitals. The team also trained Crystal and Alex Odom to do trach and vent care intensively for four weeks from 8 AM – 4 PM every day.

    “It was nerve wracking, but it does help prepare you,” Crystal Odom said. “I'm so glad we were trained, now it's just second nature.”

    Odom and her family experienced first-hand the important role that UAB plays in all stages of patient’s medical journeys. From caring a 23-week-old baby to training to take a nearly one-year-old home. UAB provides amazing care as one of the region’s top NICUs.

    Going Home

    “I am so thankful I had Everleigh here [at UAB] and now have a chance to see her thrive at home because of their willingness to help babies at such a young gestational age,” Crystal Odom said.

    You have to be able to save your child and do everything you can for them when they're not in the hospital, she noted. Now, two-year-old Everleigh is thriving at home with her family and a great team of therapists from United Ability. United Ability is an early intervention provider for the state of Alabama. The Hand in Early Prevention program provides services for infants and toddlers with delays in development, disabilities and children at risk for developmental delay in the first three years of life.

    Everleigh has three therapists who make regular home visits.

    Unique Opportunities to Serve

    Crystal Odom makes an effort to meet with the therapists and ask questions about the skills and activities Alex Odom and she can work on. They work together to help Everleigh reach the next step in her medical journey.

    The Odoms were also nominated by their speech therapist to join Alabama’s Early Intervention System Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC). Crystal Odom will serve on the parent advisory council for 2022-2023. These nominees are appointed by the governor and the council must include 20% providers of early intervention services and 20% parents of infants or children with disabilities aged 12 or younger. This council decides what is working in the system, where the funds should go during the fiscal year and to give real life advice to parents and providers in the state.

    “It was a blessing that they chose us,” Odom said.

    With that work ahead, and Everleigh at home, the Odoms are thankful for everything that got them to this point. The blessings outweigh all that they have experienced and now it’s become second nature to them, she said. They can bring Everleigh everywhere with them, and she was even able to spend her second birthday at home with her loved ones.

    “We came home in March of last year and it's been a blast,” Crystal said. “It's hard work, but it's such a blessing.”

  • Faculty highlights from the Annual AMSSM Meeting

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    The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is an organization dedicated to supporting growth in the sports medicine field. AMSSM offers educational resources, research opportunities, and collaboration among sports medicine physicians around the world. Irfan Asif, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, has been involved with AMSSM since medical school.

    “I started working with AMSSM very early in my medical career before I even decided to pursue family medicine as a specialty,” said Asif. “The organization opened my eyes to the world of primary care sports medicine versus other avenues of treating athletes and sports-related patients.”

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    “AMSSM propelled me into my career as it enabled research opportunities and access to education that I might not have received in other organizations,” said Asif.

    Asif has served in several leadership positions over the years, most recently as the chair of the AMSSM Collaborative Research Network. As chair, Asif led the planning for the April 13 Exercise Medicine and Physical Activity Promotion Summit as part of AMSSM’s Annual Meeting. Asif also led the academic interest group, planned an all-female panel to talk about expanding sports medicine to welcome female physicians, and gave a lecture on integrating physical activity promotion into residency and medical school programs.

    Other faculty members and fellows from the department attended and presented at the meeting, sharing insights on sports medicine research completed in collaboration with the sports medicine fellowship in 2020 to the 2,500 meeting attendees.

    Ian McKeag, M.D., director of the sports medicine fellowship and assistant professor, presented about the Global Humanitarianism Service Grant that he and his father, Doug McKeag, M.D., were awarded in 2019. The father-son team used the funds to purchase medical equipment for a rural village in Nepal and took a trip in February 2020 to train local providers on how to use the equipment to care for their communities.

    Ian McKeag, M.D.Ian McKeag, M.D., and Douglas McKeag, M.D., traveled to a village in Nepal as part of the Global Humanitarianism Service Grant“I think we were able to do a lot of good on that trip,” said McKeag. “I hope to do more in the future and that our presentation encouraged others to help those beyond our borders.”

    Doug McKeag, M.D., was one of the founding members of AMSSM and was integral to Asif’s growth within the organization.

    “Doug helped me grow, and now I can help his son, Ian, and others become leaders,” said Asif.

    Ian McKeag finds great value in AMSSM and noted that it was a place where sports medicine physicians can gain perspective and bounce ideas off of each other. McKeag leads the sports medicine fellowship within the department and encouraged his fellows, Mallory Lewis, D.O., and Patrick Outz, M.D., to present cases and research abstracts.

    “AMSSM offers dedicated groups for students, residents, and fellows that are interested in sports medicine,” said Lewis. “I also was able to attend a breakout session and network with women in AMSSM during the “Women in Leadership Lead (WiLL)” session where we discussed various topics in the sports medicine field and connected as female physicians.”

    Lewis also presented a case study entitled “Bilateral Anterior Knee Pain in a Young Active Female with End-Stage Renal Disease.”

    Outz noted the value of being able to network with sports medicine colleagues and receive feedback on research and cases. He presented a case about an athlete that had COVID-19 and how he worked with him during recovery.

    “I was and am very proud of both of our fellows and the hard work they put into their case presentations and research abstracts,” said McKeag.

    Along with the research and academic presentations given by department members, faculty and staff also participated in a video competition created to encourage innovative approaches to motivational interviewing, exercise as medicine, and other sports and lifestyle medicine topics. McKeag’s video about the dos and don’ts of motivational interviewing won third place in the competition. Video submissions can be viewed here.

    AMSSM works to create collaborative relationships between sports medicine physicians around the country to increase awareness and innovation for the discipline of sports medicine. Learn more about AMSSM’s mission here.

  • Holistic Holiday Tips

    Holiday graphicThis year has been a challenge, to say the least. Issues with working situations, worries about health, and trouble staying in touch with loved ones are just a few of the ways that 2020 has made life more difficult. While this time of year is typically marked with joy and excitement, as well as some stress, this year there are added tensions related to remaining safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Pandemic Lessons Fuel Department Educators: Leadership at the 2022 STFM Conference on Medical Education

    BVonDerPool HS1(Top: Ksneia Blinnikova, M.D., MPH, Kala Dixon, Ph.D., Jill Marsh, M.D., Bottom: Adrienne Fowler Payne, Earl Salser, M.D., Kimberly Smith, Ph.D., MIchael Wiederman, Ph.D.)

    Though the pandemic brought many challenges to educators, virtual learning, virtual collaborating and the strain of a world crisis also created opportunities for faculty and staff members in the Department of Family and Community Medicine to focus on ways they could impact their students despite the distance.

    For researchers like Kimberly Smith, Ph.D., COVID-19 gave her the opportunity to involve students in a research course that directly impacted their lives—studying the effects of the disease on real patients in real time. Students were invited to participate and conduct research alongside the broader scientific community they were just beginning to be a part of, and the course brought research to life for her students.

    "While COVID-19 created many barriers, it also opened opportunities for our medical students to experience research, many for the first time, in an extremely timely and engaging way," Smith noted. "The students were able to join world-wide community studying this disease, and I found that it ultimately showed them the value and impact research can have."The project uses virtual tools to “move knowledge instead of people” and encourages open discussion about difficult cases to help health care teams provide even better care.

    Smith and six other department team members were asked to share their takeaways from 2021 at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s (STFM) annual medical education-based conference with other educators from around the country.

    BVonDerPool HS1CU2RE Program Presentation (Marsh, Payne, Salser)The Virtual 2022 Conference on Medical Student Education, held in late January, extended invitations to medical student educators to collaborate, share and network with colleagues. Participants presented and engaged with relevant topics like virtual learning for medical students, research during COVID-19, recruitment and more.

    Faculty who attended the virtual conference remarked on the benefit of sharing research and learning about other educational programsduring the presentations.

    Ksenia Blinnikova, M.D., MPH, assistant professor and Family Medicine Interest Group advisor, noted that STFM conferences are a great place to learn and network with other leaders in the medical education space.

    The conference, held via Zoom over two days, included time for group lectures, individual poster presentations and special topic discussion.

    “I’ve been to STFM:MSE in person and it was really energizing to see how many people care about the things we care about,” said Jill Marsh, M.D., assistant professor and director of the rural and urban underserved pathways of CU2RE. “Even though it was virtual this year, it was encouraging to attend and hear about the innovative educational programs from other institutions.”

    For Kala Dixon, Ph.D., director of the Office of Interprofessional and Continuing Education, this conference was her first experience in the family medicine world.

    “I am new to the family medicine community, and, despite being held virtually, I was eager to meet new faces,” Dixon said. “Conferences always offer a rewarding experience and I was enriched by hearing about the work being conducted by others across the nation.”

    Congratulations and thank you to the following Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty and staff who presented research or spoke at the event:

    • Ksenia Blinnikova, M.D., MPH, and Michael Wiederman, Ph.D., presented “Longitudinal Leadership Development for Student Leaders or the Family Medicine Interest Group.” (Additional collaborator: Trupti Nadkar, M.D.)
    • Ksenia Blinnikova, M.D., MPH, also presented a poster titled “Lectures on Lifestyle Medicine: Encouraging and Troubling Results.”
    • Kala Dixon, Ph.D., presented “The Virtual i-ER: Where Teamwork and Communication Saves Lives.”
    • Jill Marsh, M.D., Earl Salser, M.D., and Adrienne Fowler Payne, MPA, presented “The Comprehensive Urban Underserved and Rural Experience (CU2RE) Program to Inspire Students to Choose Family Medicine.”
    • Kimberly Smith, Ph.D., presented “Leveraging the COVID-19 Crisis to Teach Research in a Clinical Context” and gave a lecture on “Education vs. Assessment: Tips for Integrating Both into Academic Medicine.”
    • Earl Salser, M.D., and Michael Wiederman, Ph.D., presented “Teaching the Teachers: Connecting with Community Preceptors in a Post-COVID World.”
    • Michael Wiederman, Ph.D., presented “Medical Student Leadership Development: A Curriculum, Course, and Student Interest Group.”

    Learn more about STFM here.

  • Prioritizing a Team: How the Hoover Family and Community Medicine Clinic Achieves Its Goals Together

    Hoover team on CMA appreciation dayHoover clinic team members

    The UAB Hoover Family and Community Medicine Clinic, led by Sameera Davuluri, M.D., assistant professor and medical director, and Annie Shedlarski, R.N., nurse manager, consistently ranks among the best UAB outpatient clinics across the health system. Shedlarski knows why.

    “Our team. No question about it,” she said. “Our providers work closely with certified clinical medical assistants (CCMA) and patient experience staff (PES) to provide care to our patients. Each ‘teamlet’ (Provider-CCMA-PES) communicates well and is accountable for delivering the services needed. They work as a harmonious unit – holding each other accountable for high standards of care.”

    In 2021, the Hoover team earned an average of 9-10 out of 10 from 95.3% of patients on clinic staff satisfaction. The clinic is ranked as a Level 5 clinic, the highest level at UAB. While the Hoover clinic is just one of several primary care clinics in the UAB Health System, Shedlarski and other leaders have been asked to share the secrets to their success informally and formally through the Alliance.

    "Annie has been an incredible asset to UAB, and her leadership at UAB Hoover has made a tremendous impact on the community, ensuring that UAB Hoover is a destination for high quality, patient-centered care,” said Leah Lawler, MSHQS, LSSBB, ambulatory patient experience manager for UAB Medicine’s Office of Patient Experience and Engagement. “From its opening in 2019, Annie and the leadership at Hoover has made patient care and patient satisfaction a top priority, setting forth best practices for the facility that ensure seamless care for patients, while at the same time building lasting relationships with her staff.”

    Shedlarski is most proud of the team’s Clinic Staff Satisfaction scores, which are consistently in the mid to high nineties. She notes that when patients recognize staff, leaders can be confident that the team is working as it should.

     The level of care shines through in the feedback patients share after their visits. Patients often leave comments like, “everyone greeted me and made me feel special,” “they were very attentive to my healthcare needs,” and “love this place” when providing feedback from their visits. 

    The Hoover clinic opened in 2020 and quickly expanded. Sumayah Abed, M.D., joined in the spring of 2020 and Angela Rotter, R.N., MPH, FNP, moved from her nursing position to become a nurse practitioner for the clinic in early 2021. Several CMAs and administrative staff also joined the team as it grew to support more patients and clinic growth.

    As a leader overseeing growth and working with Shedlarski to build a strong team, Davuluri acknowledged the importance of recognizing each team member’s unique skills and contributions.

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    “It is vital to clearly understand each and every person’s role and expectations,” she said. “By doing this, we work together in synergy with one goal of excellence in patient care.”

    Davuluri also commented on how having a team with shared values makes her goals, and the clinic’s goals, fulfilling and achievable.

    The team, like many at UAB, has faced challenges related to COVID-19, but they remain dedicated to their patients and coming to work ready to improve each day.

    “Strong teams do not see challenges as roadblocks, they see challenges as opportunities to shine,” noted Shedlarski. “When faced with a challenge, Lovie (one of our CCMAs) will always respond with a smile and saying, ‘We got this.’”

    Other leadership in the department and throughout UAB often take time to congratulate the Hoover team on their achievements.

    “We are proud of all of our team members at our Hoover clinic,” noted Irfan Asif, M.D., department chair and director of the UAB primary care service line. “Annie and Sameera do an outstanding job, and it is wonderful to see their team being recognized for their successes.”

    The future is bright for the Hoover clinic team, and all teams at UAB, if they continue to value each other and shared goals. For leaders like Shedlarski, maintaining a team-centered environment helps the group achieve goals and enjoy coming to work each day. 

    “The best part of my job? Growing my team, watching them grow and witnessing their achievements,” said Shedlarski. “And seeing them smile.” 

    For more information about the Hoover Family and Community Medicine Clinic, visit their website.

  • Wiederman discusses mindfulness on episode of UAB MedCast

    medcast quality outcomes mindfulnessIn a recent episode of UAB MedCast, Michael Wiederman, Ph.D., director of leadership and professional development, discussed the benefits of practicing mindfulness and incorporating the practice into one's daily routine.

    Click here to listen to the full episode, "Promoting Well-Being Through Practicing Mindfulness in Everyday Life." All episodes are eligible for CME credit.

    This is Wiederman's second time featured on UAB MedCast. To listen to his first episode, click here.