June 8, 2021
Twenty-six graduates of the UAB School of Medicine Class of 2021 were honored at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences Senior Banquet May 20, held virtually due to COVID-19.
As a regional campus of the School of Medicine, the College provides the clinical education for a portion of third- and fourth-year medical students. Since its founding in 1972, CCHS has provided the clinical education for 1,016 medical students.
The graduating students, now physicians, have begun residency training in programs across 17 states.
“This class had endured much,” Dr. Grier Stewart, CCHS assistant dean for undergraduate medical education, said during the Zoom celebration. “You have completed your clinical education under the cloud of a pandemic. I know it was challenging, but you are stronger for it.”
The students matched into residency programs in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, neurology, emergency medicine, surgery, diagnostic radiology, orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, pathology and dermatology.
“I want to congratulate you for completing medical school and becoming doctors, and for the countless hours you spent studying and caring for patients – especially during a pandemic,” said Dr. Richard Friend, dean of CCHS. “Completing medical school is a huge milestone to realizing your dreams, and we celebrate with you.”