University of Alabama School of Medicine University Station


The School of Medicine began in Mobile in 1859. After severalrelocations,itsmainMedicalCentercampuswas 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, Nursing,Health-RelatedProfessions,andPublicHealth.


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 are similar.

Unique Programs

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.

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