Landefeld Seth ScreenSeth Landefeled, MD, Department of Medicine ChairmanThe fall has been filled with many good things in the Department of Medicine, and I am delighted to report some of the highlights to you.

The Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Program grows each year as a coveted place to learn and work. We have had a bumper crop of applicants for the ABIM research pathway, we are interviewing some of the best fourth-year medical students we’ve ever seen, and we just had 100% of the residents who applied for fellowship match with the program of their choice for the second consecutive year. We have interviewed outstanding students from across the country. Our applicants have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests, from interventional cardiology to the effects of violence against women, from primary care to precision medicine for leukemia. Latesha Elopre, MD (Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and a graduate of our residency) leads our Diversity Enrichment

by Danny Ontenient, MD, and Matt Gravett, MD

Diversity is a burgeoning aspect of medical training that is rapidly evolving to become a large focus of modern medicine. As our patient population diversifies, we are keeping pace with efforts to promote an engaging, culturally competent learning environment that fosters growth and ensures the best care for our patients. Birmingham is a rich and diverse community that has historically been the epicenter of the movement towards equality. The city is expanding not only its size, but also its wide spectrum of patients. Our program is

by Latesha Elopre, MD
Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Elopre Latesha MDThe United States is a racially and ethnically diverse country and, as such, there has been national attention paid to the need for cultural competency in our community as a whole. This is echoed in our health-care systems’ physician workforce, of which only six percent of practicing physicians are African American or Hispanic based on statistics from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Research shows that having a diverse workforce improves access to care for minority and indigent populations,

by RJ Blackburn, MD, Kirk Russ, MD, Rebekah Weil, MD, and Josh Stripling, MD

We are all honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency Chief Medical Residents for the 2015-2016 academic year. As we reflect on the last six months, it is amazing how time flies.  Perhaps our sentiments are best expressed in the words of the legendary Dr. Glenn Cobbs, “Holy Smokes!”

by Carlie Stein, MD, and Shannon Booker, MD

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Tell us about yourself, Dr. Kalra.
I had a circuitous upbringing through India, Kuwait, and Canada. I then left for Birmingham, U.K. at age 17 to commence my undergraduate medical training. I stayed in the surrounding area afterwards to pursue the British equivalent of internship. Along the way, I gradually decided that I loved the academic focus, intensity and structure of Medicine training in the United States, so I actively sought training here. I was delighted to continue my Birmingham streak at UAB.

by Jori May, MD

Dr. Carl E. Dukes is a Nephrologist currently practicing in San Antonio, Texas, but he still refers to UAB as home.  Dr. Dukes grew up in Georgia and moved up to New York for his undergraduate and medical degrees, but found his way to Alabama for his residency in

The Tinsley Harrison Internal Medicine Residency program is thrilled to announce a 100% fellowship match for the second consecutive year. 23 residents applied and were successfully matched to fellowships. We are also very excited that 11 of these residents are staying here at UAB for their fellowship training. Congratulations to all on this wonderful accomplishment!