Thursday, October 4, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: College of Medicine Research Forum

The 12th annual University of South Alabama College of Medicine Research Forum, co-sponsored by the College of Medicine and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is set for Nov. 9.

The forum highlights the excellent biomedical research under way in the College of Medicine and its partners throughout the university. It is an opportunity for graduate students in the Basic Medical Sciences Ph.D. program as well as postdoctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows, and new faculty in the College of Medicine and Mitchell Cancer Institute to present their research to the biomedical science community.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday, Oct. 12. Participation is required for all BMS graduate students in their second year and beyond.

Registration and abstract form can be found here.
For more information, contact Donna Cioffi at or Luciana Barnes at

USA Welcomes Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Hanna Alemayehu

Dr. Hanna Alemayehu recently joined the University of South Alabama College of Medicine as an assistant professor of surgery and will serve as a pediatric surgeon with USA Physicians Group.

Prior to joining USA, Dr. Alemayehu served as a clinical instructor in surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

She received her medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and completed her residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. Following her residency, she completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Dr. Alemayehu has performed extensive pediatric surgical outcomes research and has authored dozens of manuscripts. She has won several awards, including the Children’s Mercy Hospital Every Time Award.

She is accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Alemayehu, call (251) 415-1475.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Minto Named Director of Clinical Skills at USA College of Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Minto, assistant professor of neurology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a neurologist with USA Health Physicians Group, recently was named director of clinical skills at the College of Medicine.

"We are extremely happy to have Dr. Minto as the new director of clinical skills. Not only is she an outstanding clinician-educator, she relates extremely well with students and serves as a competency coach and as one of the faculty mentors in our wellness program," said Dr. Susan LeDoux, associate dean of medical education and student affairs at USA. 

"It is a tremendous privilege to be a part of the medical education of our outstanding body of medical students, and to help shape their development into compassionate, competent physicians," Dr. Minto said.

In her new role, Dr. Minto will develop and implement the curriculum in the College of Medicine that gives medical students the opportunity to take the clinical knowledge they learn in their basic science courses and begin to apply it to clinical situations. This is done via encounters with simulated patients (SPs), who are trained to provide medical histories suggestive of various disorders.

"This gives students real world practice in gathering history and performing the physical examination," Dr. Minto said. "These SP encounters are directly observed by the simulations department staff and myself; and students receive individual feedback on their professionalism, interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to accurately and effectively perform the various aspects of the physical examination. We are able to incorporate numerous variables into the simulated cases, including creative methods to teach concepts like cultural competency, how to deliver difficult news, and working with other members of an interprofessional team." 

In addition, Dr. Minto will oversee the coordination of a career exploration opportunity for first- and second-year medical students to rotate in clinic with primary care providers and specialists both within USA Health, as well as in the Mobile medical community.

"The transition from the first two 'classroom years' of medical school to the third and fourth 'clinical' years is often stressful for both medical students and teaching physicians," Dr. Minto said. "The incorporation of the clinical skills curriculum into the first two years of medical education ensures that our students are prepared for that transition, as well as competent to interact with patients in their medical school years and beyond, in residency and clinical practice."

Monday, October 1, 2018

Game Day 2018: Free Football Tickets, Tailgate for USA Health Employees and Medical Students

For the past four years, USA Health has hosted USA Health Game Day, an event designed to recognize and honor our employees and volunteers for their many contributions to our mission. This year we are extending the invitation to USA medical students to join us at the game and tailgate event.

Game Day 2018 is set for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:00 p.m., as the USA Jaguars take on Troy University at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Each USA Health employee, volunteer and medical student will be eligible to receive two free game tickets and two passes to our tailgate event. A barbecue dinner, catered by Sonny’s BBQ, will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The deadline to register for tickets is Oct. 15. Register here.

We've designed a special USA Health Game Day T-shirt for the event. Sporting USA Health's new brand, these long-sleeve Comfort Colors shirts cost $12 and will be sold at the University Hospital Gift Shop and USA Children's & Women's Gift Shop Oct. 8-23. USA Health employees are encouraged to wear their shirt to work on Oct. 23 and to the game that evening.

See details about tickets, tailgating, T-shirts and parking on the Game Day 2018 event page.

Watch the video from last year's event below and get excited for USA Health Game Day 2018!