UA Hosts 17th Annual McCollough Medical Scholars Forum

The McCollough Medical Scholars Forum, sponsored by The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences, was established by Alabama physician Dr. Gaylon McCollough and his wife, Susan, who are both beloved UA alumni. The Forum’s aim is to emphasize the importance of liberal arts education in the study and practice of medicine. Students have an opportunity to engage in conversation with our guest speakers, invited health care professionals, and faculty members, and other guests of the College, regarding humanistic and social issues in medicine.
Over the years the Forum has established a strong reputation for providing opportunities for connection and conversation between future doctors, current medical students, current practitioners, and the healthcare community.

Our speakers for this special event are Dr. Christina Grabowski, Associate Dean for Admissions and Enrollment Management at The University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM), Dr. Gaylon McCollough, Founder and Host of the McCollough Medical Scholars Forum, Dr. William Tillman, Family Medicine Resident at The University Medical Center, and Dr. Richard Myers, President of HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

Dr. Grabowski will present our opening lecture on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., followed by Dr. Gaylon McCollough and Dr. William Tillman. Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. in the Shelby Hall rotunda, followed by a dessert social with UASOM Medical Students.

The Forum will continue on Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m.. Dr. Richard Myers will present the keynote address at 9:30 a.m.. Lunch will be served after the program concludes.

In addition events during the forum include:
-meaningful discussions with community healthcare providers and stakeholders
-networking opportunities with alumni of the Forum and the University
-and more!

This event is free to all participants and all meals will be provided during the event. Students can register for the event here on our Office of Health Professions Advising’s website. Registration for the event is now open and will close on February 1st. This event is open to current pre-health students as well as prehealth alumni from our university. Register early as space is limited.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The McCollough Medical Scholars Forum was established in 2002 by UA alumni Dr. Gaylon McCollough and Susan N. McCollough to prepare students pursuing medical and health science professions for the road ahead, with a focus on the Hippocratic and humanistic purveyance of health care.

Dr. Gaylon McCollough is president of the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic and founder of the McCollough Institute for Appearance and Health in Gulf Shores. Susan N. McCollough is an international artist in abstract and impressionistic art and an alumna of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Together, the McColloughs gifted the College of Arts and Sciences its largest endowment in two decades to create the Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough Institute for Pre-Medical Scholars and the Susan N. McCollough Art Biennale.

For more information about the forum, contact Mrs. Angela Johnson with the McCollough Pre-Medical Scholars program at or contact the Office of Health Profession advising at