Fellowships for Family Medicine Physicians

The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program offered its first fellowship in 1986.

The Obstetrics Fellowship was also the first such fellowship for family medicine physicians in the United States, and it has served as a model for similar training programs in the U.S. and internationally ever since. “Our Obstetrics Fellowship provides family medicine physicians an opportunity to provide surgical obstetrics to their patients, particularly in rural communities,” said Dr. Richard Friend, dean of the UA College of Community Health Sciences, which operates the residency.

Since then, the residency has added six more fellowships, for a total of seven that provide an additional year of training for family medicine physicians in the following specialty areas:

Sports Medicine

Fellows receive education and training in state-of-the-art sports medicine care. They work with UA athletic team physicians, coaches, trainers and athletes, and with local high school athletes. Fellows also see patients at the College’s Dr. Bill deShazo Sports Medicine Center.


Designed to give family medicine physicians the skills to provide comprehensive care for the growing geriatric population. The fellowship offers experiences that include collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, as well as working at nursing homes, hospice, assisted living and geriatric psychiatry facilities.

Behavioral Health

Provides skills for family medicine physicians, particularly those planning to practice in rural communities, to better care for patients with mental health and psychiatric concerns. Fellows receive training in evaluation and treatment of psychiatric problems as well as autism, ADHD, personality disorders and management of chronic pain.

Hospital Medicine

Provides training at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, a tertiary-care facility with 583 beds. One of only a few nationwide that includes a rural focus.


The oldest such training program in the U.S. created to address the overwhelming need for obstetric care in rural and remote areas of Alabama. Fellows master high-risk, operative obstetrics and office obstetric and gynecologic procedures, including ultrasound, colposcopy, cryotherapy and endometrial biopsies.

Emergency Medicine

The fellowship includes rotations through radiology, anesthesia and trauma and advanced courses in obstetrics, airway management and advanced life support.


Fellows receive a variety of experiences in both primary care and tertiary care settings, with some rotations taking place at Children’s of Alabama, a Birmingham-based hospital specializing in care for ill and injured children.