UA students flock to clinics and pharmacies due to allergy season

“Symptoms include nasal congestion, where your nose is blocked up, itchy eyes, feeling like sand is in your eyes, and your eyes could be watery or teary,” said Dr. Thomas Weida, the chief medical officer for University Medical Center and associate dean for clinical affairs for the College of Community Health Sciences.

Medical students match into residencies

Fourth-year medical students from the University of Alabama School of Medicine Tuscaloosa Regional Campus learned March 18 through the National Resident Matching Program where they will train for the next three to seven years for their graduate medical education.

The 30 students were among the thousands across the country who entered into the Main Residency Match and received residency placements.

These fourth-year medical students have received their clinical education at the College of Community Health Sciences, which also functions as a regional campus for the School of Medicine, headquartered in Birmingham.

Two Tuscaloosa campus students—Russell Guin and Elizabeth Junkin—matched into the College’s Family Medicine Residency.

Five other students placed in family medicine. Altogether, students were placed at residencies across 10 states.

Watch the video of the University of Alabama School of Medicine’s Match Day celebration here:

Tuscaloosa Regional Campus Students and Where They Matched:

Emily Ager
Family Medicine — University of Tennessee College of Medicine (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Amber Beg
Pediatrics – Primary Care — University of North Carolina Hospitals (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

Daniel Booth
Transitional — Baptist Health System (Birmingham, Alabama)
Radiology – Diagnostic — UAB Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama)

Pia Cumagun
Internal Medicine — Baptist Health System (Birmingham, Alabama)

Nicholas Darby*
Family Medicine — Cahaba Medical Care (Centreville, Alabama)

Justin Deavers*
Family Medicine — Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon, Georgia)

Russell Fung
Internal Medicine — University of Tennessee College of Medicine (Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Joshua Gautney
Internal Medicine — University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Dallas, Texas)

Lauren Gibson
Pediatrics — Palmetto Health Richland (Columbia, South Carolina)

Wyman Gilmore, III*
Family Medicine — John Peter Smith Hospital (Fort Worth, Texas)

Russell Guin
Family Medicine — The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Andrew Jones*
Pediatrics — University of Louisville School of Medicine (Louisville, Kentucky)

Melissa Jordan
Internal Medicine — University of Kentucky Medical Center (Lexington, Kentucky)

Elizabeth Junkin
Family Medicine — The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

John Killian, Jr.
General Surgery — UAB Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama)

Missy Ma
General Surgery — UAB Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama)

Margaret Marks
Pediatrics — UAB Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama)

Brittany Massengill
Obstetrics and Gynecology — University Hospitals (Jackson, Mississippi)

Cyrus Massouleh
Emergency Medicine — Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (Richmond, Virginia)

Eleanor Mathews*
General Surgery — Baptist Health System (Birmingham, Alabama)

Matthew May
Otolaryngology — Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (Rochester, Minnesota)

Katherine Rainey
General Surgery — Greenville Health System University of South Carolina (Greenville, South Carolina)

Jackson Reynolds
Internal Medicine — University of Tennessee College of Medicine (Memphis, Tennessee)

Robert Rhyne
General Surgery — Greenville Health System University of South Carolina (Greenville, South Carolina)

Nicholas Rockwell*
Pediatrics — UAB Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama)

Paul Sauer, Jr.
Plastic Surgery (Integrated) — University of Kentucky Medical Center (Lexington, Kentucky)

Daniel Seale*
Family Medicine — Forrest General Hospital (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)

Cory Smith
Orthopaedic Surgery — Greenville Health System University of South Carolina (Greenville, South Carolina)

Elijah Stiefel*
Pathology — Louisiana State University School of Medicine (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Loy Vaughan, III
Orthopaedic Surgery — Ochsner Clinic Foundation (New Orleans, Louisiana)

*Rural Medical Scholar
(The College’s Rural Medical Scholars Program is a five-year track of medical studies that focuses on rural primary care and community medicine and leads to a medical degree. The program is exclusively for Alabama students from rural communities.)

Three medical students selected to honor society

Three University of Alabama School of Medicine students who are receiving their clinical education at the College of Community Health Sciences were selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society as juniors.

The students, all in their third year of medical school, are Steven Allon, Caroline Rose Kennemer and William Benton Lee.

Alpha Omega Alpha is a professional medical organization that recognizes excellence in scholarship as well as an outstanding commitment and dedication to caring for others. The top 25 percent of a medical school class is eligible for nomination to the honor society, and up to 16 percent may be selected.

About 3,000 students, alumni and faculty are elected to Alpha Omega Alpha each year. The society has 120 chapters in medical schools throughout the United States and has elected more than 150,000 members since its founding in 1902.

In its role as a regional campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, the College provides clinical education to a subset of third- and fourth-year medical students. The students complete the first two years of basic science courses at the School of Medicine’s main campus in Birmingham, and then complete clinical rotations on the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus in the departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery.

UA-county partnership seeks applications for health projects and fellowships

A University of Alabama and Pickens County, Ala., partnership working to provide health resources for the rural county and “real world” training for UA students is accepting proposals for health projects and applications for fellowships.

The University of Alabama/Pickens County Health Care Teaching County Partnership, of which the College of Community Health Sciences is a leading partner, recently received $600,000 from the Alabama Legislature to initiate the partnership. Once fully underway, the partnership will enable UA students in medicine, nursing, social work, nutrition, psychology, health education, health care management and elder law to gain practice experience from internships and other learning opportunities in Pickens County, and at the same time provide sustainable health resources for the county.

Currently, the partnership is seeking project proposals from UA faculty and/or Pickens County entities for health-related projects to be conducted in the county. Award amounts vary but will not exceed $25,000. Funds will be available May 1, and projects must start by the summer.

The partnership also is seeking recent UA graduates for one-year paid fellowships that provide an opportunity to serve in a health-related capacity in Pickens County. Fellows will spend time in community engagement and leadership development activities, which include seminars on health and public policy, as well as social determinants of health.

Pickens County is a Medically Underserved Area and a Primary Care, Mental Health and Dental Health Professional Shortage Area. The county ranks 41st in health outcomes among Alabama’s 67 counties. Other statistics show that 36 percent of adult residents are considered obese, one-third of the population lives below the poverty line and there are only nine primary care physicians per 10,000 residents.