Jane Longshore

Jane Longshore

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The UAB Heersink School of Medicine held its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at Bartow Arena to celebrate the 189 graduates in the Class of 2022.

An appointment to an endowed chair or professorship is among the highest academic honors a faculty member can receive. The UAB Heersink School of Medicine holds a remarkable 214 endowed chairs and professorships. These honors are essential to recruiting and retaining premier educators, clinicians, and researchers. Endowed chairs and professorships also allow donors to link their names to an area of special meaning within the university.

On Sunday, Aug. 15, the UAB School of Medicine welcomed the 2021 entering class at the annual White Coat Ceremony, hosting two smaller celebrations by splitting the class into two groups by Learning Communities.

Each year, the School of Medicine welcomes the incoming class with a White Coat Ceremony. The White Coat Ceremony was created in 1993 by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to emphasize the importance of compassionate care for the patient as well as scientific proficiency. Due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, a White Coat Welcome event for the entering class was held online, with the promise of an in-person ceremony when COVID safety protocols would allow it. 

An endowed position is among the highest honors an academic institution can bestow on a faculty member. Fourteen have recently been honored with an endowed chair or professorship at the UAB School of Medicine.
Syed “Sikandar” Raza has been awarded the 2020 Sara Crews Finley, M.D., Leadership Scholarship.

The Medical Alumni Association board recently approved a gift from their Medical Student Assistance Fund to pay for each rising fourth-year medical student to have access to a National Board of Medical Examiners Step 2 practice exam. The practice exam will help keep students on course for graduation and entry into residency, despite the disruption in learning activities caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

UAB School of Medicine hosted a virtual Commencement Ceremony for mecical students on Saturday, May 16.
UAB School of Medicine will hold a virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
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