|Internal Medicine-Medical Genetics|
The combined Internal Medicine/Medical Genetics track is intended to train physicians who are interested in the spectrum of genetic illnesses, and in particular the genetic predisposition of common diseases in the adult population. This five-year program is co-administered by the departments of Genetics and Internal Medicine, and upon completion trainees are board-eligible in both internal medicine and medical genetics. Graduates have many career options. In their clinical practice they can serve as the internist-geneticists, providing general care of patients with genetic conditions beginning in their transition to adulthood. They may pursue additional subspecialty training in a medical fellowship (e.g., cardiology) or laboratory fellowship (e.g., molecular genetics). This path also is ideal for candidates interested in academic careers who want to undertake research in "adult" diseases with a genetic component, including the genetics of common diseases, clinical epidemiology, medical decision making, and health care delivery.
The combined Internal Medicine/Medical Genetics track offers the opportunity to explore a brand new field in an era of novel gene discoveries and genomic medicine. This track is designed to train pioneers in basic, translational, or clinical research, eager to bring the practice of internal medicine to a new level. This program is flexible and can be oriented towards the resident's goals with significant exposure to general medicine and medical genetics activities, electives, and clinical laboratory experiences and a full year of research that can be complemented with a sixth year in a researcher's lab. Clinical activities are extensive, and exceptional faculty are available in both the internal medicine and medical genetics departments. Due to the flexibility and novelty of the program, the ideal candidate has to be very enthusiastic, responsible, and goal-oriented. This is a five-year program, and commitment to the above mentioned goals is a must. Graduates from this program will be highly sought after in academic settings and will have a unique clinical background that will be a plus in both private and academic environments.
Only electronic applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) are accepted for Internal Medicine residency positions. All ERAS applications are reviewed and invitations to interview will be extended to those selected via e-mail. APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1.
All R-1 positions for this program are selected through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We do NOT offer pre-match positions. The UAB Internal Medicine NRMP number for Match participation is NRMP #1007140C0 Categorical Track.
Although this five-year combined training program focuses on clinical genetics training and research efforts more oriented towards adult genetic disease, the curriculum prepares graduates for internal medicine careers in research, teaching, or departmental administration. Successful completion of this training program brings eligibility to become certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Genetics. Application to the combined program is made via ERAS and through registration with the NRMP. Applicants apply to the Internal Medicine Categorical Track, NRMP #1007140C0. The following documents are required and must be submitted with all Internal Medicine applications to the UAB Internal Medicine Residency Training Program via ERAS:
We only accept applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To apply for the Internal Medicine/Medical Genetics Combined Program, you need to apply first for the UAB Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. Once you are contacted to interview, it is important to let the coordinator know that you are applying for the Internal Medicine/Medical Genetics Combined Program.
Q: Does your program offer positions outside the Match?
A: No. Our R-1 positions are available only through the National Resident Matching Program.
A: A chairman's letter is not required, but is acceptable. We prefer that your recommendations be submitted by faculty members of your school who are well acquainted with you and your medical education experiences, and who can provide knowledgeable references for you.
A: Passing scores for USMLE are required. There are no minimal passing score requirements; however, USMLE scores are considered an important part of the complete application, and higher USMLE scores offer a competitive edge to your application.
A: An ECFMG certificate is not required at the time of application, but in order for IMGs to be considered for an interview, they must have completed USMLE Steps 2 and 3 and the CSA exam when submitting their applications (or the scores must be available prior to a scheduled interview). IMGs who are interviewed for this program MUST provide documentation (an ECFMG letter of certification or an ECFMG certificate) to our office PRIOR TO February 15, 2007.
A: No. Prior U.S. clinical training/experience is not specifically required but, if documented, may be taken into consideration when your application is reviewed.
A: Visas that are accepted for IMG trainees are:
A: No. Our program does not limit the year of graduation of U.S. grads or IMGs.
A: U.S. clinical experience is not required, but all activities included in the application are reviewed and taken into consideration.
A: The Step 3 exam must be taken within a timeline which allows the results to be available no later than February 1, 2008, for H-1B Visa Application.
A: Yes. Our program does not require USMLE scores from DO applicants.