About Us

Medical Student Services organizes a variety of opportunities to enhance medical student learning. Tutoring services are provided by advanced medical students and residents who are highly competent in the areas tutored. All tutors are chosen from a competitive application process and are required to complete training and have ongoing tutor training session throughout the year.

Our Objectives

  • To improve academic performance
  • To promote self-directed learning
  • To engage students in their own learning and study strategies as they adapt to medical school curriculum and exam formats



Individual sessions offered students the opportunity to receive one on one assistance from trained tutor. Sessions are usually scheduled between the student and the tutor. To request individual tutoring, please click here.


Small group sessions are available for any medical student who interested in attending. Sessions are usually held around the times of the scheduled midterm and finals of the modules. To view upcoming group sessions, please see below.


The online tutoring is offered in both individual and group sessions through Google+ Hangouts. To view upcoming group sessions, please see below.
Snellgrove John

So you got into med school! Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll be thankful you chose to pursue your MD here at UAB. I’m sure you’re excited to get started. It won’t be long before your life is going to change pretty drastically.  This will be a brand new season of life for you all, a start into a new profession.  You’re going to learn… a lot!  Most of your learning will come through lectures, small groups, labs, but some of your learning is much more difficult to streamline into a powerpoint or study guide.  Furthermore, it will be difficult to assess this learning with computerized or written exams. The type of learning I’m talking about is learning how to live in a healthy and responsible way as a medical student and future physician.  This is where Learning Communities come in.  The goal of the LC program is to equip medical students to be healthy physician leaders one day.  This goal is accomplished through a variety of different things. - John Snellgrove, MS2 LC Rep for Kirklin Community #wolfpack

Program Leadership:

  • Caroline Harada, MD, Assistant Dean for Community Engaged Scholarship & Jason Noah, Director for Student Success Programs give oversight to the UABSOM LC Program.

Birmingham Communities:

Hill Community
Kirklin Community
Pittman Community
Resuehr Community
Sellers Community
Woods Community

Huntsville Communities:

Harrison Community
Leisch Community

Montgomery Community:

Heersink Community

Tuscaloosa Communities:

Hirschowitz Community
Khoury Community

Orientation 2015!

New Student Orientation Schedule (Word doc) is here!

  • Where do I go on Monday?
    • Orientation starts at 8am on Monday, July 27.
    • You'll come to Volker Hall (1670 University Blvd). This is the same building in which you had your interviews.
  • Where do I park?
    • Use the parking deck at 10th Ave. S. and 16th Street. 
    • If this deck is full when you arrive, you'll need to park in Remote Lot 
  • How long does Orientation last each day
    • Exact times vary, depending on the day, but you should block out 8am-5pm each day for orientation activities.
  • Is Orientation mandatory?
    • Yes. Students are expected to attend every session of Orientation. There are no excused absences.
    • Matriculating students are encouraged to move to Birmingham 1-2 weeks prior to Orientation.
    • Schedule any needed utility service appointments or doctor's appointments at other times.
  • What will we do at Orientation?
    • Orientation is designed to introduce you to the UABSOM and your class.
    • You'll find out practical things like, how classes work and meet the folks you'll be spending the next four years with.
    • For those students assigned to a regional campus for clinical years, you'll get an opportunity to visit that campus and meet the medical school faculty and staff there.
  • What should I wear?
    • For Monday, July 27, dress is business. You'll get your picture taken for the composite.
    • For all other days, dress is casual.
  • What should I bring?
    • For Monday, you'll need your Social Security card, a photo ID, a notebook, and a pen.
    • Bring your laptops, but note these are not used in most sessions at Orientation. We ask that you not use them during sessions unless instructed to do so by a presenter. 
    • It's also a good idea to have some money or card for drinks.