Third-year medical students from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, will soon have the opportunity to train at UAB as part of the Department of Surgery’s medical student clerkship program.

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While a similar program already exists for Meharry students in the UAB Department of Pediatrics, this new collaboration between the historically black medical school and the UAB Department of Surgery represents a new site option for Meharry students interested in completing a surgery rotation at a high-volume academic hospital like UAB, as well as a new avenue for the department to reach potential residents.

This partnership, which will effectively begin this summer with four students per block, is the result of the vision of UAB School of Medicine Dean Selwyn Vickers, M.D.; UAB Department of Surgery Chair Herbert Chen, M.D., and UAB Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery Colin Martin, M.D.

Martin, who also co-directs the Department of Surgery’s Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds, will serve as the primary liaison for the new program.

Martin and fellow UAB Surgery faculty members Britney Corey, M.D.; Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., MEHP; and Benjamin Pearce, M.D., will also hold adjunct positions at Meharry in order to mentor students and encourage them to consider UAB for their surgery clerkships.

If you are a faculty member who is also interested in serving as a student mentor, please contact UAB Medical Student Surgery Clerkship Director Britney Corey, M.D., for more information at