The Tuscaloosa Regional Campus provides clinical training for third and fourth year medical students from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The Tuscaloosa Regional Campus is located on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and is part of the University’s College of Community Health Sciences.

Students in Tuscaloosa enjoy small class sizes, one-on-one interactions with mentors and clinical instructors as well as the full resources of both the School of Medicine at UAB and The University of Alabama for research, recreation and clinical learning.

The Tuscaloosa campus is home to the Primary Care Track program, which prepares students for the primary care fields of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, and community-based specialties and sub-specialties including OB/GYN, neurology, psychiatry and general surgery.

Students in the Primary Care Track spend their first two years in Birmingham with regular M.D. track students completing the prerequisite basic science curriculum. During these two years, Primary Care Track students will forge mentoring relationships with primary care faculty within Learning Communities and in their Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses. Students will also have opportunities to explore their unique interests and goals through primary care electives and research experiences.

Primary Care Track students spend their third year in a longitudinal integrated clerkship on the School of Medicine’s Tuscaloosa Regional Campus, based at the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences.

During the longitudinal integrated clerkship, students will learn clinical medicine, population health, and the business of medicine in an environment reflective of where most medicine is practiced. They will work alongside faculty in every School of Medicine clerkship discipline to provide acute care, as well as continuity of care, to patients and act as active members of health care teams. Flexibility built into the schedule gives students the opportunity to follow patients multiple settings, including outpatient clinics, inpatient units, nursing homes and patients’ homes.

Primary Care Track students will complete three required four-week rotations:

  • Inpatient Acting Internship
    • Rotations on the Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric or OB/GYN inpatient services
    • Completed on the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus
  • Acute Care Acting Internship
    • Rotations in Adult Critical Care, Emergency Medicine or Surgery
    • Completed on the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus
  • Community Medicine Selective
    • Wide number of rotation options include outpatient Internal Medicine, outpatient Pediatrics, outpatient Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, Radiology, Urology and Ophthalmology
    • Completed on the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus or an approved community site

Students will also complete 18 weeks of electives that may be completed at any of the four School of Medicine campuses or as an approved visiting rotation at another institution, along with a two-week residency preparation course.

Learn more about the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus, Primary Care Track and the longitudinal curriculum.

For more information contact: Brook Hubner bhubner@uab.edu