January 13, 2021

School of Medicine to launch Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds logoOn Tuesday, Feb. 9, the School of Medicine will launch its own Grand Rounds, hosted by Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS, dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for Medicine at UAB. The quarterly Grand Rounds will be available to all in the School of Medicine, including staff, students, faculty, and trainees.

The new series will be broad in nature and appeal to a universal audience with an interest in health, healthcare, disparities, medicine, culture, and more. Generalized topics will be offered that cater to the School of Medicine’s mission and goals.

Grand Rounds benefits researchers, physicians, educators, administration, other healthcare professionals, helping them stay informed of trending topics, keeping them up-to-date in evolving areas, and providing education that may exist outside their core practice. Departmental Grand Rounds in the School of Medicine are an important thread to the fabric of the school, and the new school-wide Grand Rounds hopes to build on the momentum that departmental meetings have already established.

Attending Grand Rounds supplements medical school curriculum, resident and fellow training, and adds to providers’ and researchers’ existing set of tools. These meetings will also benefit administrators within the school.

For the inaugural Grand Rounds, Vickers will be joined by Chelsea Harris, M.D., M.S., general surgery resident at the University of Maryland, and Lesly Dossett, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan for a discussion titled “Cultural Complications.” The premise of the first Grand Rounds discussion considers how negative effects of bias in the hospital environment are recognized and combatted. Moreover, it will consider how existing zero-tolerance policies on bias often focus more on punishment than education, and are not always suited to address the root issues or the patient and doctor relationship.

With Black History Month ahead of us, and an ongoing need for diversity and equity dialogue, this crossroads is perfectly situated to discuss racial bias in health, healthcare, and medicine.

The Grand Rounds will begin at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Register here.