College residents, fellows honored at graduation

August 9, 2018

Sixteen physicians were honored June 30 at the 43rd annual graduation ceremony of The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency and Fellowships.   The College of Community Health Sciences provides graduate and post-graduate medical education through both the three-year University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency and year-long fellowships for family medicine physicians seeking additional training in behavioral health, emergency medicine, geriatrics, hospitalist medicine, obstetrics and sports medicine.   “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to interact with these residents for the past 36 months,” said residency Director Dr. Richard Friend, who welcomed graduates and their family and friends to the ceremony held at the Zone-South at Bryant Denny Stadium on the UA campus. “As residency director, the best part of my job is that I get to see them come in, help shape them and then this – graduation.” The graduating residents and fellows will soon begin their own practices in Alabama and other states or will go on to complete fellowship programs. To date, the UA Family Medicine Residency has graduated 488 family medicine physicians, and just over half practice in 48 of the state’s 67 counties, the majority in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Dr. Catherin Scarbrough was guest speaker at the graduation ceremony. She served previously as associate director of the UA Family Medicine Residency and was an associate professor of Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine at the College. “I know how you feel – relief at finishing, excitement at starting something new and anxiety,” she said. “Health care is changing before our eyes and you are on the front line of primary care. You are good enough, you are going to make it and you are going to thrive.” Graduating residents made brief comments as they received their certificates. “I am very lucky to be part of this class,” said Dr. Swati Patel. Added Dr. Raymond Hunt: “I’m excited to finish residency but not to leave Tuscaloosa. It’s like home.” “You guys are ready,” Friend said in closing. “I know you will go out into the world and do great things.” 2018 Graduating Residents   2018 Graduating Fellows   Residency Award Winners   Chief Residents Recognized   Rural Medical Scholar Graduates Recognized The College’s Rural Medical Scholars Program recruits students from rural Alabama who want to become physicians and practice in rural communities in the state.