Department of Family and Community Medicine

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The UAB Department of Family and Community Medicine is home to highly-trained faculty and staff who provide clinical, educational and research activities in family medicine for the entire UAB community.


Shout out to our own Irfan Asif, M.D., for his role in this updated, 20-year study on cardiac arrests in the . Published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, it was recently presented at this year’s Scientific Sessions Conference.

We are proud to be a part of a team forwarding greater understanding about this important topic.


A huge congratulations to doctor Bryce Hunt, M.D.! 🎊🎉 He took home an for “Excellence in Education by a Community-based Physician in Birmingham!” It is an honor to be recognized by our medical students!


The Argus Awards ceremony is tonight and, this year, we’re nominated for best clinical department in Birmingham! It is always a privilege to be recognized, and there is something extra-special about recognition from our students. The Argus Awards give medical students the chance to honor outstanding service to medical education, and we are honored! Thank you to all of our wonderful students!


is an especially important topic in . indicates Alabamians’ say access to care as one of their greatest health concerns. It’s no surprise considering how many they report living in rural areas— 44 percent of residents. It’s why has so many programs geared towards addressing the state’s primary care shortage. But that’s not all! The department is proud to offer a number of programs designed to help bridge the gap for vulnerable populations, like rural residents. Read more on our website, linked in our bio!


On World Diabetes (Awareness) Day, a message from our Clinical Director Erin Delaney, M.D.:

Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting millions of Americans, and it can lead to serious health complications if left unmanaged. This month serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of early detection, management, and prevention of diabetes. It’s why our department and clinics are underscoring the significance of regular checkups as well as education surrounding lifestyle changes that can prevent or manage diabetes.

Photos from Department of Family and Community Medicine's post 11/13/2023

We are proud to partner with the Department of Medical Educarion to support medical students with a new, recently-renovated “relaxation space” on Volker Hall’s fourth and fifth floors! Check out these photos from Friday’s grand opening, when our department chair Irfan Asif, M.D., helped to unveil it.


🛣️ On the road with Research Program Manager II Laronica Conway! paid a visit to her old stomping grounds— ! She was in for the Forge AHEAD Center’s Conference, “Achieving Health Equity Across the Deep South.”

Pictured next to Laronica, on the left, is Dr. Tara Webb, conference presenter. The photo on the right features Laronica and Forge AHEAD Center Program Director for Community Engagement Adrienne Marbury.


“The UAB Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Symposium was well-organized. The insights I gained far exceeded my expectations. This was a very worthwhile experience.” - Adrienne Fowler Payne, Comprehensive Urban Underserved Rural Experience (CU2RE) Program Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Thanks so much to the (CCTS) Partner Network, the and the for spotlighting !


Beep boop beep…Forget the ones and zeros, this week is all about the 2000’s! It’s Homecoming at and there are still planned activities, like the Homecoming Parade today. And, of course, tomorrow is game day! Don’t miss the 2pm kickoff against Florida Atlantic! 🏈 📣


Happy National Gratitude Month! Did you know gratitude is a part of wellness and self-care? Take a look at some of the benefits—a little goes a long way! This month, try practicing more gratitude in your life, maybe start a gratitude journal where you can jot down your “grateful” thoughts. 😊


Folks in our Highlands Family Medicine Clinic are frightfully festive in their Halloween get-ups! 👻

And from all of us in the department, we hope you had a happy Halloween!


🦇Buahaha! 🦹‍♀️ We decked the halls for our annual Halloween door decorating competition, facing off against our friends (and neighbors).

Let us know! Which door do you think won? Who would you choose for second and third place?

(FYI: Anyone on the third floor of CH20 was allowed to cast three votes. doors (CH20 & CH19) won first and second. A door (CH20) took third.)


👏 Congratulations are in order! 👏 Our Primary Care Clinic celebrated its first CCMA Advancement Ceremony, this month, acknowledging the successful journeys of several staff— from CCMA to CCMA Level II!

The ceremony was important in recognizing the professionalism, experience, and knowledge of these individuals.


, along with our partners, are proud to present . It’s why we’re calling for another round of applause for our “gusi grads!” They trained on the new new point-of-care ultrasounds over the weekend.

This group of Family and Community Medicine interns, residents and faculty members are part of our first group of trainees. (Special thanks to for the photo and, of course, to and !)


Put a bow on it because that’s a wrap! Congratulations to ’s second group of -trained Point-of-Care Ultrasound users! 👏 Want to see how they did? Keep an eye out for more from our first round of training!

Read more about the department’s Initiative, and our partners, via the link in our bio.


It’s health literacy month! What’s personal ? According to , it’s the degree to which one can find, understand & use info/services to influence health-related actions/decisions. A social determinant of health, limited health literacy is linked to more serious medication errors, worse preventative care as well as higher rates of ER visits, hospitalizations and death (via Health Literacy Solutions Center).

It’s why is so conscious of health literacy. This month, take a moment to learn more about health literacy and how you can take steps to improve yours!


Be there! ☠️


Today, we recognize . Created to raise awareness and shatter stigma surround mental health issues, October 10 is the perfect day to put your mental health first!


asked Family and Community Medicine Department Chair Irfan Asif, M.D, to weigh in on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy among young athletes. You may be surprised by what you find out!

Article is linked in first comment, below.

Photos from Department of Family and Community Medicine's post 09/14/2023

More photos from the field! Sameera Davuluri, M.D., and Erin Delaney, M.D., are pictured here, in front of their poster about labs order by condition folder in electronic health records.

Photos from Department of Family and Community Medicine's post 09/13/2023

Way to represent! Several of our current (and former) faculty members are in St. Louis, this week, representing the department at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement. Check ‘em out!

Timeline photos 08/31/2023

Congratulations to Sumayah Abed, M.D., who received a UAB Faculty Development Grant to assess physicians' awareness of links between breast cancer and alcohol consumption. Dr. Abed's work will help inform how patients are counseled on breast cancer risks. Learn more:

Photos from Department of Family and Community Medicine's post 08/30/2023

Check out these snapshots from Friday’s half-day retreat for CU2RE’s second cohort! That’s UAB Provider Health Officer Dr. Sandra Frazier. She discussed effective communication and conflict management. 🤝

Timeline photos 08/24/2023

For residents and faculty at an academic medical center, the learning never stops! Last weekend, UAB+Cahaba Family Medicine resident Omosefe Ogbeifun, M.D., and Assistant Professor Sumayah Abed, M.D., attended the UAB Endocrinology Update Conference. They heard from clinical and research faculty on topics including diabetes technology, osteoporosis, thyroid cancer and more.

Health Care Who-Does-It? 08/23/2023

Check out this DFCM-sponsored podcast from the 2022 Interprofessional Fellows!

Listen to the professionals discuss the differences, similarities and misconceptions between commonly confused health care professions.

Episodes include, a psychiatrist and a psychologist, a nurse practitioner versus a physician assistant, a physical therapist vs. an occupational therapist, and more!

Health Care Who-Does-It? Exploring Interprofessional Relationships in Medicine

Timeline photos 08/21/2023

‼️ Attention fourth-year UAB Heersink School of Medicine students ‼️ Apply now for the Cahaba+UAB Integrated Family Medicine Residency with our department and Cahaba Medical Care. Two students will be selected for the program, receiving enhanced training in family medicine and the opportunity to join the Cahaba+UAB Family Medicine Residency after graduation, if they choose.

Applications are due Aug. 25. Learn more and apply here:

Timeline photos 08/17/2023

Led by Assistant Professor Sumayah Abed, M.D., and Live HealthSmart Alabama this Community Health Education course gets UAB Heersink School of Medicine students out in the community with the Mobile Wellness van, administering screening tests and advising patients on healthy lifestyle changes. Learn more:


A glowing group! Our 2023 residents managed to fit a photo shoot into their busy schedules. These four doctors are kind, caring, and enthusiastic about their work. We're so excited to watch them grow!

Pilot Funding 08/15/2023

Congratulations to graduate research assistant Tanjila Nawshin, who received $25,000 in pilot grant funding from the Center for Engagement in Disability Health and Rehabilitation Sciences!

The grant focuses on opportunities to use secondary data analysis to advance health or rehabilitation outcomes research, and Tanjila's proposal focused specifically on the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability's Wellness Assessment Tool. Learn more:

Pilot Funding To further CEDHARS' mission, pilot funding is made available on a regular basis.


We are so excited to launch the Department of Family and Community Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound Initiative this semester, giving every UAB Heersink School of Medicine student access to POCUS devices. Thanks to $2 million in grant funding from our department, students will begin using these devices right away, learning how to evaluate every major organ system, diagnose injury or disease and perform procedures. Learn more:

Timeline photos 08/03/2023

We are so excited to welcome six new faculty members and physicians to our family and sports medicine teams, including the four pictured here. Courtney Conklin, M.D., Daniel Fijabi, M.D., Taylor Lahasky, M.D., Matt Miesch, M.D. and Carmela Ver, M.D., officially started with our department yesterday! Joseph Coppiano, M.D., will join us on Sept. 1.

Learn more about these new physicians and their practice here:

Timeline photos 08/02/2023

Our summer session may be over, but our current cohort is already looking towards the next group of students. These two volunteers had their hands full answering questions and dishing out information to prospective participants. Applications open soon-- we'll keep you posted!

Photos from Department of Family and Community Medicine's post 07/31/2023

Just part of our latest cohort to complete the summer portion of the program! On their last day, the entire group gathered to share some of their most memorable experiences, and tacos, of course. 🌮🌮🌮

Timeline photos 07/25/2023

Last month, Assistant Professor Jamie Gajos, Ph.D., presented a scientific paper at the Society for Ambulatory Assessment conference in Amsterdam. The paper examined the relationship between affect and social interactions among adults experiencing homelessness when they are in a shelter versus when they are not.

Timeline photos 07/21/2023

Today, Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a new Preceptor Tax Incentive Program that will help us recruit and reward preceptors to train our medical students in rural and underserved counties. This bill is an important step in addressing Alabama’s primary care shortage.

Congratulations to all who advocated for it, especially Alabama AHEC Statewide Program, led by Alabama AHEC Director and Associate Professor Michael Faircloth, M.D., and Associate Director and Assistant Professor Becky Reamey, Ph.D. (📸 pictured, third from left in the second row) Learn more:

Timeline photos 07/19/2023

We are thrilled to welcome these four, new physicians to our resident program! Immersed in training, they are already hard at work. Great things certainly lie ahead for this ambitious group!

Timeline photos 07/18/2023

Sandwiches, sweets and conversation made for a low-key celebration for three of our expectant mothers. Congratulations, ladies!

Photos from Department of Family and Community Medicine's post 07/13/2023

For future doctors studying , reflection and learning were important parts of our students’ trip to . Their day started at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (Equal Justice Initiative), with a sobering reminder of the horrors black people have endured throughout American history—from slavery and lynching’s to segregation and incarceration.

Timeline photos 07/12/2023

Salma Aly, M.D., MPH, a data scientist on our research team, presented a poster at the 2023 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM) late last month.

The research examined how age, area of residency, disease severity and type of multiple sclerosis affected results from a tele-exercise program designed for participants with MS. The results can help providers determine the best style of program for patients' needs.

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