Thursday, May 16, 2013

Medical School Graduates Participate in Honors Convocation Ceremony

The University of South Alabama held commencement ceremonies for the 2013 College of Medicine graduates on May 11, 2013, marking the 38th class to earn medical degrees from USA.

The day before, the 73 graduates participated in an honors convocation where they were “hooded” by an individual of their choice, signifying the awarding of a doctoral-level degree. During the honors convocation ceremony, students were also recognized for their academic achievements. Both ceremonies took place at the USA Mitchell Center.

Including the 2013 class, 2,336 physicians have graduated from the USA College of Medicine since its opening in 1973. Approximately one-third of the physicians practicing in the Mobile area earned their medical degree from USA or completed residency training in the USA Hospitals System.

Click here to view all photos from this year's event and here to see the award recipients.

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Register Now: Gulf Coast Physiological Society Meeting

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine is hosting the 7th Gulf Coast Physiological Society (GCPS) Meeting from May 31-June 1, 2013.

The event, which will focus on the prospective role of the physiologist in translational medical research, will take place at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in downtown Mobile.

This year's meeting will feature Dr. David Busija, professor and chair of pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine, as well as a panel discussion on survival skills for a career in biomedical research.

Dr. Busija earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and completed his post-doctoral training at the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Iowa.

The purpose of the Gulf Coast Physiology Society Meeting is to foster collaborative interactions related to research and education, and to develop and nurture greater interest in the physiological sciences among faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows in the Gulf Coast region. The meeting is also intended to showcase the trainees and early career investigators who conduct physiological research in the Gulf Coast Region.

Click here for more information and to register for the meeting.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May Med School Café - 'Stressed Out? When to See Your Doctor'

The May Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Thomas Leytham, a family physician who recently joined the University of South Alabama Knollwood Physicians Group.

His lecture, titled “Stressed Out? When to See Your Doctor,” will take place May 22, 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. Leytham will lecture on the importance of recognizing the negative effects stress can have on your health and how to assess when it might be time to seek medical help when confronted with stress.

Dr. Leytham grew up in Mobile and graduated from Greystone Christian School. He earned two bachelor’s degrees and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Leytham completed his residency in family practice at Eglin Regional USAF Hospital, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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.

Books Collected During National Library Week Delivered to USA Children’s Medical Center

From left: Andrea Wright, technology librarian, USA Biomedical Library; Dr. Cindy Sheets, USA pediatrician; Shakina Jones, pediatric clinical care assistant; and Justin Robertson, associate director for public services, USA Biomedical Library
The University of South Alabama Biomedical Library recently delivered approximately 600 books collected during National Library Week to the USA Children's Medical Center as part of the Reach Out and Read program.

Reach Out and Read is a national non-profit organization that encourages early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading.

According to USA pediatrician Dr. Cindy Sheets, studies have shown that children who have access to books at a young age and have their family members read to them learn to love books and do much better in school. “The more books a child has, the better,” she said.

Dr. Sheets said having the child’s primary care provider give advice on family reading and providing a book at their well checkups encourages the love of reading. “It gives the message that reading is important and that their medical providers really care about their literacy and progress in school.”

The Children's Medical Center, which is the pediatric teaching clinic for the University, became a member of the Reach Out and Read initiative eight years ago.

The Reach Out and Read program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in economically challenged communities. The Children’s Medical Center also collects donated books to give to children at sick visits and at well visits to ages outside of the official Reach Out and Read guidelines.