Enhancing the Education of Family Medicine Physicians

Enhancing the Education of Family Medicine Physicians

The College of Community Health Sciences is responding to changing needs in health care by offering more fellowships for family medicine physicians.

The College, which is also the Tuscaloosa branch campus of The University of Alabama School of Medicine, recently added a fellowship in hospital medicine and one in emergency medicine. A sports medicine fellowship and academic medicine fellowship began this summer, and fellowships in rural public psychiatry and behavioral health began this fall. The College has long offered a fellowship in obstetrics. Additionally, a rural medicine training track during the residency years is now in its second year.

The fellowships are offered through the College’s Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency and academic departments; each fellowship adds one year of training following three years of residency. Read more

Saving Lives: Student Studies Ambulance Response Time

Saving Lives: Student Studies Ambulance Response Time

One ride could be the difference between life and death. That is the lesson recent University of Alabama graduate Daniel Marbury learned by studying ambulance response times in Alabama as part of a student research project he conducted at the College’s Institute for Rural Health Research.

By measuring the disparity between ambulance services in rural and urban areas, Marbury found that the balance between life and death could hinge on an
ambulance ride in medical emergencies – and, it may not tilt in favor of rural Alabamians.

Using statistical analysis to study the timed responses of ambulance services in three public health areas, Marbury found that rural Alabamians are at a disadvantage for receiving treatment in the event of an emergency. Read more

Winternitz Conference: Child Abuse, Past & Present

Winternitz Conference: Child Abuse, Past & Present

Please join us for the May Winternitz Conference on Tuesday, May 3rd at 12:15 p.m. Michael Taylor, M.D. will present “Child Abuse, Past & Present: An Overwiew of Children’s Rights Through the Ages.”

The luncheon presentation will be held on the lower level of the University Medical Center in Classrooms 1-3.

Michael A. Taylor, M.D. graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine (1976) and completed his pediatric training at The Children’s Hospital of Alabama in 1979 (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Board certified in Pediatrics as well as Child Abuse Pediatrics, his special interests, research, and publications are in child abuse medical evaluations and ADHD medical management. He has performed medical evaluations of potentially abused children since 1982, the first several years in North Carolina and Kentucky, before assuming his current position in 1991. Dr. Taylor is also Medical Director of the University of Alabama’s ADHD Clinic, Medical Director of the West Alabama Child Medical Evaluation Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology.

12th Annual Rural Health Conference

12th Annual Rural Health Conference

The University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research will host the 12th Annual Rural Health Conference, “Rural Mental Health: Tackling the Silent Epidemic,” April 25 – 26, 2011, at the Bryant Conference Center on The University of Alabama campus.

The annual Rural Health Conferences are attended by health-care professionals, community leaders, researchers, government officials and policymakers who come together to hear from prominent speakers in the field and to share information and knowledge about the health disparities that impact rural Alabama.

The registration fee for the conference is $100 per person ($25 for students) and includes two continental breakfasts, a luncheon and refreshment breaks. Continuing Education Unit credits will be available.

Please join us as we continue our dialogue and work together to find solutions to the health issues that impact our rural and underserved citizens.