Thursday, October 10, 2013

Final Flu Shot Clinics to be Held Friday

University of South Alabama first-year medical student Will Ricks gives a flu shot to Christin Douglas, 11, Oct. 9, 2013, at the Mitchell Center on the USA campus.
USA Physicians Group is currently providing Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics exclusively for USA Employees.

Family members covered by the USA Health & Dental plan are also eligible for seasonal flu vaccines at these clinic sites free of charge. This applies to children four years old and older. No appointments are necessary.

The final flu shot clinics will be held Friday at the following times and locations:

Springhill Avenue Campus - Family Medicine
1504 Springhill Ave
Suite 1800
(251) 434-3475
October 11 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

West Mobile - Knollwood Physicians Group
3301 Knollwood Dr
Med Park 4
(251) 660-5787
October 11 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

USA Medical Center - Our Neighborhood Healthcare Clinic
2451 Fillingim St.
Suite 300
(251) 471-7944
October 11 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

After these dates, flu vaccines should still be available, but an appointment will be necessary.

For more information visit . If you have any questions, please call our appointment and information line at (251) 434-3711.

USA Mourns Loss of Dr. Doug Wilkerson

Dr. R. Douglas Wilkerson, a faculty member in the University of South Alabama Department of Pharmacology from 1973-1979, died Monday in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was 69.

Dr. Wilkerson retired in 2009 as vice president of research administration at the University of Toledo. He also had been a professor of pharmacology and therapeutics.

He received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master's degree and doctorate in pharmacology from the Medical University of South Carolina. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Tulane University's medical school.

Dr. Wilkerson was preceded in death by his mother Blanche Wilkerson and is survived by his wife Carol; father Rainey; son Robert (Tricia) Wilkerson, Jr.; daughter Julie (Brendan) Smith; step-sons Christopher (Aileen) Welch, Patrick (Jennifer) Welch and Brian (Allison) Reichenbach; grandchildren Leah and Parker Smith, and Samantha, Alexander, Nikolas, Madison and Olivia Welch; as well as a host of extended family members and friends.

Visitation is at 1 p.m. Saturday in Walker Funeral Home, Sylvania Township, where a celebration of life service is at 3 p.m.

To view Dr. Wilkerson's obituary, click here.

Two USA Alumni Serving as Assistant Chief Residents at Duke University

USA COM graduates Drs. Kimberly Bryan and Tyler Black
Drs. Kimberly Bryan and Tyler Black, two University of South Alabama College of Medicine graduates of the class of 2011, have been named assistant chief residents at Duke University’s Internal Medicine program. “I felt very honored to be chosen as one of the assistant chiefs,” said Dr. Bryan. “It's exciting that two USA alumni share this role at such a prestigious institution.”

Dr. Bryan, a native of Mobile, Ala., received her undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees prior to graduating from USA’s College of Medicine.  During her fourth year of medical school, she was recognized for a spirit of volunteerism, empathy, and inspiration with the Regan Robinson Young Scholarship. Today she says, “I am looking forward to teaching medical students and fellow residents and serving as a mentor."

"Being chosen as an assistant chief resident at Duke is a significant honor which recognizes the resident as an outstanding clinician, teacher and leader,” Dr. Bryan said.  “This recognition affords opportunity to assume essential teaching roles and affect positive change within the program."

The selection process for an assistant chief resident position is extremely competitive. “Each year junior residents apply for the position to serve their senior year, and only a small handful is selected to serve at three different Duke locations,” Dr. Bryan explained. “Among the highest honors awarded to Duke housestaff, ACRs are chosen by the chief residents and senior program leadership.”

“It was an honor to be chosen as an assistant chief resident at Duke,” said Dr. Black. When selecting an internal medicine residency program he “was looking for a well-respected program that offered excellent clinical training, a diverse patient population, and opportunities for career advancement.”
The leadership roles accompanying the residency program at Duke are different than many across the nation. “The assistant chief resident is a third-year resident that spends two months working directly with the chief in an administrative and teaching role,” explained Dr. Black. “At Duke, the chief resident spends a year between residency and chief year doing something else such as fellowship or being a hospitalist.”

"As USA graduates, it’s exciting that both Kim and I have been chosen to serve in this role,” said Dr. Black. “We have worked hard during our time here and realize that we would not be where we are today if not for the opportunities provided to us at the USA College of Medicine.”

Both physicians point to many factors leading to their selection - an extremely significant one being the solid foundations received as medical students at USA. “Residency is not easy no matter where you go,” said Dr. Black, but “I feel that the educational experiences that are provided at the USA College of Medicine are second to none. The rigorous coursework and strong clinical experience as a medical student at USA definitely helped prepare me for my new role here.”

“USA has taught me how to be a scholar and a hard worker,” said Dr. Bryan. “Duke is one of the top 10 medical centers in the United States and with this status they are able to essentially cherry pick their residents. The fact that two USA graduates were accepted to be assistant chiefs is phenomenal and speaks to the fact that USA prepared us as leaders.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Renowned Surgeon to Present Two Lectures

The University of South Alabama Department of Surgery is hosting two lectures featuring Dr. Carl Hauser, acting chief of the division of acute care surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston.

On Oct. 24, 2013, Dr. Hauser will present a lecture, titled “Damage Associated Molecular Patterns,” as part of the Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series. The event will take place at 4 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building auditorium on USA’s main campus.

On Oct. 25, 2013, Dr. Hauser will present the Surgery Grand Rounds, “Disaster Preparedness.” This event will take place at 7 a.m. in the Richards Room on the second floor of the USA Medical Center.

Dr. Hauser earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in New York. He completed residency training in general surgery and fellowship training in surgical critical care at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to BIDMC, he was professor of surgery at New Jersey Medical School and the New Jersey State Trauma Center in Newark, N.J.

To learn more about Dr. Hauser, click here.

Monday, October 7, 2013

October Med School Café – 'Total Hip Replacement'

The October Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Sudhakar Madanagopal, associate professor of orthopaedics at the USA College of Medicine and an orthopaedic surgeon with USA Physicians Group.

His lecture, titled “Total Hip Replacement,” will take place Oct. 17, 2013, at the USA Faculty Club on USA’s main campus. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation begins at noon.

Dr. Madanagopal’s lecture will include information on total hip replacement, which involves surgically removing a diseased hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint. Hip replacement is typically used for patients with hip joint damage from arthritis or an injury.

During the talk, Dr. Madanagopal will outline the procedure, as well as include information on outcomes and latest surgical developments.

The Med School Café lecture and lunch are provided free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call Kim Partridge at (251) 460-7770 or e-mail

Med School Café is a free community lecture series sponsored by the USA Physicians Group. Each month, faculty from the USA College of Medicine share their expertise on a specific medical condition, providing insight on the latest treatment available.