This public, state-sponsored medical school is located
on the university’s 1200 acre campus in the
Springhill section of Mobile. It occupies 13 buildings, including a 400-bed Medical Center, which
contains a Level I trauma center. The first class was
admitted in 1973 and 64 applicants are enrolled annually. A 150-acre park containing recreational facilities
lies adjacent to the campus. The first 2 years are
taught in the main campus in the Medical Sciences
Building; the last 2 clinical years are spent the University of South Alabama hospitals and clinics.
4-year semimodern. First and second years: The student is primarily concerned with the basic biomedical
sciences. To give these studies more meaning, provision is made for student contact with patients during
these preclinical years. Third year: Clerkships provide
training in most of the basic problems with which
patients present themselves. Students learn to apply
scientific principles to the examination, diagnosis, and
treatment of human disease. Seminars, conferences,
and clinical rounds with members of the teaching staff
are important in giving the student a rounded perspective of human illness. Fourth year: Mostly elective in
order to provide each student the opportunity to choose
a program best suited to his or her individual needs.
Each department makes available to the student a spectrum of general and special courses from which the
student selects a minimum of 36 weeks of study, with
the advice and approval of a faculty advisor. Research
may be carried as an elective. Off-campus studies
(local, elsewhere in the United States, and in other
countries) may be elected with the prior approval of the
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, a departmental
chair, and faculty advisor. Elective work need not be
confined to the senior year, but may be carried out for
no credit whenever possible during prior academic
Minority admissions:An active recruitment program is
coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs. Other
degree programs: Combined MD-PhD degree programs are offered in the basic medical sciences.
Required courses include the basic premedical sciences,
English, 1 year of college mathematics, and 1 year of
humanities. Highly recommended is a course in calculus. Three years of college is required, but a bachelor’s
is preferred. Nonresidents should have competitive
MCAT and grade point averages to be considered for an
interview.Applicants are urged to take the MCAT in the
spring of the year of the application and to have a basic
science requirement completed when applying. This
will facilitate prompt processing of the application.
Transfer and advanced standing: None.
Teaching: The basic sciences are housed in the Medical Sciences Building on the 1200-acre university
campus in the western section of Mobile. Clinical
teaching is conducted at the University of South
Alabama Medical Center, USA Knollwood, and USA
Doctors Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Other:
Other facilities include the Moorer Clinical Sciences
Building, University of SouthAlabama Cancer Center,
Primate Research Laboratory, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Family Practice Center, Mastin Building,
Pediatric Outpatient Clinic, and Psychiatric Building.
Library: The Biomedical Library contains more than
65,000 volumes and receives about 2500 periodicals.
Housing: Furnished residence halls on campus are
available for unmarried students. A university-owned
subdivision immediately adjacent to campus offers
housing for both married and single students.