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University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) — BRI Introductory Meeting

August 16, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

BRI Dr. Thomas Huddle
Dr. Thomas S. Huddle

You are cordially invited to join BRI-UAB chapter officers and faculty advisor for an informal talk about Benjamin Rush Institute’s purposes and goals, to learn how we seek to grow this BRI chapter, and what we intend to accomplish this coming academic year by way of educational, fun and informative events. This meeting is especially geared towards MS1 and MS2 students looking for a like-minded group to be involved in, and all are welcome. Faculty advisor Dr. Thomas Huddle will provide remarks on the current trajectory and future of healthcare in the United States.

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

About Dr. Thomas S. Huddle:
Dr. Huddle completed undergraduate, graduate and medical school work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed an MD PhD (history of medicine). He then did internal medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison WI and went on to complete a general medicine fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania (Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program).

Dr. Huddle pursues conceptual research/scholarship in the history of medicine, medical ethics, medical professionalism and medical education.

Josh Blackwell, VP UAB-BRI
Josh Blackwell, VP UAB-BRI; Thompson Foy, President UAB-BRI in background

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Thirty-four (34) interested UAB students attended BRI’s inaugural chapter information meeting. The event began with several speeches by the chartering officers of UABSOM BRI. Chapter founder and president Thompson Foy began by introducing the other officers and the faculty advisor, Dr. Thomas Huddle. He described the benefits of BRI and distributed informational fliers about the organization. After a brief autobiography and testimonial as to his interests and undertakings outside of medicine, including economics and politics, he passed the microphone to the other officers.

Joshua Blackwell (vice president) and Andres Arcinegas (treasurer) introduced themselves and

UAB students listen to Prof. Thomas Huddle at UAB-BRI’s inaugural event.

provided their own takes on why BRI is important and what caused them to take on a leadership role in the organization. A common theme in their speeches was their desire to improve our current healthcare system by seeking alternative ways to deliver services and care.

Dr. Huddle then provided his own background, and spoke to the importance of vigorous intellectual debate in medical school on topics of policy and business so that medical students can be exposed to all sides of some of the most important issues of our time.

UAB-BRI president Thompson Foy wrapped up by taking questions from the audience and directing them to the BRI website for self-study. He then talked about future events, encouraged future attendance, and concluded the meeting.


August 16, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Thompson Foy


Volker Hall, Rm. LRE, UAB
7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233 United States
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