The School of Medicine began in Mobile in 1859. After
established in Birmingham in 1945. Branch campuses
are also present in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. The first
2 years of the educational program take place at the main
campus, while clinical teaching occurs on all 3 campuses. The School of Medicine is one of the 6 health
schools making up the University of Alabama Medical
Center. The others are schools of Dentistry, Optometry,
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: Consist
of education in the basic medical science as related to
human biology and pathology. This is followed by an
integrated study of organ system function and disorders. The humanities as related to medicine are also
studied, and the skills necessary for physical diagnosis
are developed. Third and fourth years: Consist of
required rotations through clinical science disciplines,
including participation in the cases of patients in both
hospital and ambulatory settings (under faculty supervision). The clinical training curriculum requirements
Minority admissions: Minority Student Program to discover and encourage study of medicine among
minority group members. Other degree programs:
Dual MD-PhD and MD-MPH programs.
Additional courses beyond the basic premedical science requirements are one year each of mathematics
and English on all three campuses.
A quartile system is used that distributes student performance across an upper, lower, and middle two
quartiles. Obtaining a total passing score on Steps 1 and
2 of the USMLE is required for promotion to the third
year and graduation after the fourth, respectively.
Teaching: The school is part of the university’s Medical Center. The Basic Science Building contains
teaching facilities and administrative and faculty
offices. The major clinical teaching facility is the University Hospital (817 beds) in Birmingham. Other
facilities utilized are the VA Hospital (479 beds), the
Children’s Hospital, the Cooper Green Hospital, the
Eye Foundation Hospital, and various community hospitals. Other: The Lyons-Harrison Research Building,
Tinsley Harrison Tower, and basic science research and
education buildings are the primary research facilities.
Clinical facilities utilized in Tuscaloosa are the Druid
City Hospital, theVAMedical Center, and the Capstone
Medical Center. The Huntsville Hospital and the
Ambulatory Care Center in Huntsville are also used.
Libraries: The Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences in Birmingham is a 4-story structure that contains
more than 150,000 volumes. The Health Sciences
Library at Tuscaloosa has about 10,000 volumes and
subscribes to 475 journals.The library at Huntsville has
about 9000 volumes. Housing: There are 178 modern
apartment units in the Medical Center consisting of 28
efficiency, 84 one-bedroom, 62 two-bedroom, and 4
three-bedroom apartments. Preference is given to married students but consideration is given to single
students for occupancy of the smaller units.