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December 03, 2021

Hill named director of Diversity and Inclusion for Graduate Medical Education

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Samantha Hill headshot1Samantha Hill, M.D., MPH, has been named director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Graduate Medical Education in the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. Hill is an assistant professor in the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics.

As the director, Hill’s responsibilities will include providing strategic leadership for diversity and inclusion in Graduate Medical Education, co-chairing the DCGME Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion, serving as a liaison for GME to the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and serving as faculty liaison to and adviser for the Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) House Staff Council.

She will work closely with Latesha Elopre, M.D., MSPH, assistant dean for Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion.

Hill is committed to improving diversity and inclusion within GME and has been actively engaged in diversity initiatives at the institution level. She served on the Dean’s Council for GME Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion as a fellow and faculty member. She also is a co-founder, previous chair, and now the faculty liaison for the URiM House Staff Council. She has led medical student workshops on implicit bias and a GME-sponsored workshop on racism in healthcare.

Hill earned her M.D. from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2013 and completed her pediatric residency at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in 2016. She joined UAB in 2016 for her adolescent medicine fellowship and master of public health and stayed on as faculty after completing her fellowship in 2019.        

During her time at UAB, Hill has worked to help young people at high risk of acquiring HIV and young people living with HIV. The HIV epidemic disproportionately impacts youth of color and Hill has focused on providing care for this vulnerable population through the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). What began as her fellowship clinical quality improvement project, transitioned into the city’s first PrEP clinic for adolescents.

Hill also works with medical students and residents to provide them a platform and the resources to explore their passion for a career in research. She is mentoring several underrepresented in medicine students and house staff on research projects such as the development and implementation of a sexual health curriculum in rural settings; understanding the impact of trans legislation on the health of trans youth, and exploring the experiences of LGBTQ house staff compared to other trainees at UAB.

She was recognized for her work earlier this year as the junior faculty winner of the 2021 Dean’s Excellence Award in Diversity Enhancement.

Outside of UAB, Hill is actively engaged in the Birmingham community. She leads health education events at schools, churches and youth organizations throughout the city and serves as past president of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center’s Young Professional Board.

Hill's role became effective Nov. 1.