Emergency Medicine Series – July and August 2011

The Emergency Medicine Series is intended to provide the medical students and residents with practical, clinical information that will help improve their diagnostic and management skills in emergency or urgent care situations.

The Emergency Medicine Series will take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the months of July and August. The following is the schedule for the first week of the series:

  • August 23th: “Acute Renal Failure” – Scott Arnold, MD
  • August 25th: “Pulmonary Edema” – Ross Vaughn, MD
  • August 26th: “GYN Emergenices” – Stretch Reed, MD

You can view entire schedule here.

Smoke and Mirrors – Dr. Alan Blum

To commemorate the World Health Organization’s “No Tobacco Day,” Dr. Alan Blum will be giving a presentation entitled “Smoke and Mirrors – A history of America’s leading preventable cause of death and disease — and out efforts to end it.” Please join us Friday, May 27 at noon in the Health Sciences Library. Lunch will be provided.

Narrator:  Alan Blum, MD
Director, The University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society

Friday, May 27, 2011, 12:00 Noon
Health Sciences Library

Winternitz Conference: Child Abuse, Past & Present

McLean Lecture Series – Teresa J. Bryan, MD

“Addressing Alcohol Issues in Primary Care”

Guest Speaker: Teresa J. Bryan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine Division of General Internal
Medicine University of Alabama at Birmingham

The McLean Lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 20, 2011 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at DCH Regional Medical Center in the Willard Auditorium.

Teresa Bryan, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham where she serves as a clinical educator in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and subsequently completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UAB. Her clinical duties are at the Veteran’s Administration in Birmingham where she is an attending physician in the Resident’s Primary Care Clinic and in the Emergency Room. She is the director of the Women Veteran’s Clinic and serves as Chair of the VA Peer Reviews Committee. She is the coordinator of the Ambulatory Block Month for Internal Medicine residents and Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Women’s Health Track. Special interests include women’s health, quality improvement, and teaching residents to deal with challenging situations such as addiction and substance abuse.

The Alice McLean Stewart Endowed Lecture on Addiction Education is supported by the University of Alabama School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Campus and the College of Community Health Sciences.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

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.

We Are Changing the Colors of the Map

Look at the color of most health care maps and it will show a large percentage of Alabama’s population suffers from heart disease, stroke and cancer. Most of these chronic diseases are preventable or controllable. Intervention and prevention can make a difference. Primary care can change Alabama’s color’s on the map. Please watch our video and learn how the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama is addressing Alabama’s health care needs.