The School of Medicine provides an integrated curriculum that focuses on teaching the basic sciences and is organized around organ systems rather than the traditional sciences disciplines. The objective of our curriculum is for students to learn basic sciences in a more clinically relevant context—teaching them to think comprehensively about organ function and diseases rather than simply memorize mountains of facts. Organ-based modules are co-directed by basic scientists and clinicians.
The first two academic years are taught on the main campus in Birmingham. Students must pass Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) before they are promoted to the clerkship phase.
During their 3rd and 4th years, students rotate through clinical clerkships, electives and acting internships at the main campus or at one of the three branch campuses in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. Students also are required to complete a scholarly activity project during their enrollment in the curriculum. Students at the Tuscaloosa Campus are able to work with clinical teaching faculty and research faculty at The University of Alabama on scholarly research. In their senior year, students must pass Step II-Clinical Knowledge of the USMLE to graduate.
All four campuses are accredited as the University of Alabama School of Medicine by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which approves all programs in medical education in the United States and Canada.
The Tuscaloosa Regional Campus is home to several clinical facilities that provide students with opportunities to train in a variety of specialties.
- UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER is a fully-staffed, multi-specialty health care provider serving the West Alabama community with family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry and sports medicine clinics. These clinics provide training opportunities for medical students and residents studying at the College.
- DCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, with a capacity of 610 beds, is the hospital teaching base for medical students and residents. Its services include a pathology laboratory, radiology department, intensive care unit, subintensive care units, infant high-risk nursery, minimum care unit, recovery room, physical/occupational therapy department, respiratory therapy, a pharmacy, a blood bank, outpatient center, cancer center, renal dialysis facilities and satellite clinics. DCH’s emergency room is one of the busiest in the state