News & Events

  • Event Recap: 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

    ODI MLK Celebration Newsletter CalendarThis year, the UAB Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion and UAB Health System Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, hosted its first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Event.

    This two-part virtual seminar focused on exploring The Intersection of Social Justice and Health Care.

  • Reflecting on Culture During Kwanzaa

    ODI Kwanzaa Graphic FNLThe Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion would like to wish everyone a Happy Kwanzaa—filled with love, joy, and prosperity.

    If you’re unfamiliar with the holiday, we’re here to help educate and inform.

  • Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity & Inclusion launches third faculty association

    Since the inception of the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity & Inclusion, we have been striving to create a more diverse and inclusive place for all. To do this, we take an active role in recruiting people from diverse backgrounds. As we continue to bring more people from underrepresented in medicine (URiM) and minority groups, it becomes equally important that we cultivate an institutional climate that supports and nurtures their development.

    Helping us facilitate this goal are our faculty associations.

  • Women in Medicine & Science Promotion Reception Recap (2021)

    Women Promo Event RecapIn November, the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity & Inclusion hosted its annual reception, honoring the women promoted in medicine and science during 2021.

    This event returned in-person—at the Wallace Tumor Institute Lobby of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB—to spotlight 10 women promoted to full-time professor, 26 promoted to associate professor, and 2 who had been awarded tenure.

  • Native American Heritage Month (2021) feat. Boone G. Rountree (PGY-4), DO, M.Ed.

    Native American Heritage Month GraphicAbout Native American Heritage Month

    First declared by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, Native American Heritage Month is a time set aside to honor the cultures, traditions, and histories of the Native American/Indigenous people. To commemorate this month, people should learn about the Native American experience—both past and present.

    Native Americans in Medicine

    In science and medicine, we understand the importance of having representation of our diverse cultures and heritages. With this understanding comes better patient care, research, and so much more.

    To share his experience being a Native American, not only in Alabama but also in medicine, the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion interviewed Citizen Member of the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama, Boone G. Rountree (PGY-4), DO, M.Ed.

  • Meet the Team (2021)

    ODI Newsletter Meet the teamAs an office, we strive to pursue excellence in medicine at UAB by cultivating an equitable environment that accepts and affirms all—in the areas of education, research, and patient care.

    Led by Dr. Mona Fouad (pictured top right), Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, our office aims to:

  • AAPI Faculty Accomplishments (Fall, 2021)

    AAPI CogratsThe AAPI Faculty Association would like to congratulate its members who have recently received a promotion, grant, or award. 

    Congratulations to each of the honorees! We look forward to seeing all the great things to come. 




  • Jewish Medical Student Association: Finding Hope in Community

    ODI Itamar four speciesMany people have found it hard to connect with people throughout the pandemic—limiting interactions to virtual gatherings and phone calls. Now, as restrictions have lifted, two Heersink School of Medicine students want to bring their community and its allies together. This year (2021), Itamar and Max—both equipped with the desire to build a community centered around Jewish community and culture—have launched the Jewish Medical Student Association (JMSA).

  • Dr. Clark named one of twelve inaugural cohort members in Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship

    Amber Clark AMA CohortSometimes, when one reflects on their life and career, they can see the many things that led them to where they are today.

    For Amber Clark, M.D., the steps that would guide her career journey started at a young age and would lead her to her latest accomplishment, one of twelve inaugural cohort members in a Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship.

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (2021)

    Hispanic Heritage MonthSince 1968, the United States has observed Hispanic Heritage Month—honoring roughly 60.6 million people in the country. Celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the cultures, histories, and influences of those of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and South American decent.

    While most heritage months run a typical calendar month—the 1st to 30th or 31st—Hispanic Heritage Month dates were thoughtfully selected based on the time period when five Latin American countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua) became independent of Spain and the United Kingdom. This year will mark 202 years!

  • Racial Justice Town Hall Recap & Questions, Answered.

    ODI Newsletter Feature Town HallEarlier this month, the School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion hosted a follow-up Racial Justice Town Hall.

    During this session, moderators and panelists discussed how the Racial Justice Priorities were developed, the improvements that have been made, and what the future still holds.

    Panelists included leadership, a School of Medicine staff representative, and ODI Faculty Association representatives.

  • Congratulations to our 2021 PGY-1s

    ODI Newsletter Match DayMatching into a residency program is a major milestone for a doctor. As such, we want to be sure we celebrate the accomplishments of our URiM students.

    To all of our 2021 matches, congratulations! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see where your careers take you.

  • Transforming Success Professional Development Program

    ODI Newsletter Transforming SuccessEver wonder how women with high-demanding jobs have a work-life balance? Well, you may be surprised to learn that they don’t!

    In the School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s upcoming Transforming Success® professional development program, program leaders from McDonald Graham—a duo that provides leadership development and coaching services—explain that work-life balance is a myth.

  • Inaugural Group of Staff Diversity Liaisons

    ODI Blog Staff LiaisonsThis past fall, the School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion established a Racial Justice Work Group to help us identify priorities for our school. Of the priorities identified, one specifically called to increase support and programming for the professional advancement of staff. To help us advance this priority, our office formed a group of Staff Diversity Liaisons to represent underrepresented staff (non-faculty) minorities in the school.

  • UAB School of Medicine Special Topics Forum

    ODI Blog Special TopicsThe UAB School of Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) team is sponsoring a special topic forum—Diversity in Healthcare—during the month of October.

    The special topics program committee, which consists of Ms. Erica Brown, Dr. Steven Hairston, and Dr. Leisha Hultgren, developed this forum with the vision of having a multi-day event where students are exposed to the who, what, when, and why’s of...


  • Part 3: Caribbean American Influence at UAB

    Part 3 Caribbean American Heritage MonthIn Part 1 of our Caribbean American Heritage month series, we explained the importance of the culture in the U.S.; however, the impact can be felt much closer to home—on UAB’s campus.

    For the last part of our series, we will show the breadth of Caribbean American heritage at UAB through three spotlighted individuals.

  • Part 2: Caribbean-American Heritage Month Spotlight - Pauline Ford

    Pauline Ford Headshot 2In part one of our series celebrating Caribbean-American heritage month, we introduced UAB’s own, Pauline Ford.

    Pauline is the Program Coordinator for the Department of Radiology’s Neuroradiology Fellowship program. Outside of that, she is the founder of the Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization (CACAO).

  • Part 1: Why Caribbean American Heritage Month?

    FlagsThe significance of commemorating heritage months can be felt on multiple levels. One way, alluded to by Pauline Ford, Program Coordinator for the UAB Department of Radiology’s Neuroradiology Fellowship program, stated that Caribbean people “have an indomitable spirit—a perspective that I think can benefit everyone.”

    SOM Office for Diversity and Inclusion agrees with Ford, and since June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, we will spotlight the heritage and culture of Caribbean-Americans in the context of the U.S., Birmingham, and at UAB.

    This article is the first in a series where we discuss the history and significance of Caribbean-Americans in the makeup of the United States. Then, each of the SOM newsletters throughout June will include a featured article to help you learn something new.

  • Blazing Trails in Student Training & Technology

    Virtual Shadowing SquareThere’s no doubt about it—the past year has changed the way we use technology to do business, go to school, attend doctor’s appointments, and now participate in medical school shadowing.

    Near the end of 2020, Carmel McNicholas-Bevensee, BSc, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology, wanted to find a way for students to participate in shadowing. Dr. McNicholas-Bevensee explained, “Students were having anxiety because they know that they’re expected to have shadowing when they apply for medical school. Because of COVID, those opportunities were taken away. And, while it was a worldwide problem, it didn’t stop the worry.”

  • 2021 Photo Contest Winner: About the Photo

    A picture by itself can be worth 1000 words, but as the 1st place photo in the Office for Diversity & Inclusions’ photo contest, we wanted to give it a few more.

    Mike Sloane