Curriculum Overview

The School of Medicine provides an integrated curriculum that focuses on teaching the basic sciences organized around organ systems. 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. The first two basic science years are taught on our main campus in Birmingham. Organ-based modules are co-directed by basic scientists and clinicians. Students must pass Step I of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) before they are promoted to the clerkship phase. During the clerkship phase, students take core clinical clerkships and electives at either the main campus or 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. In their senior year, students must pass Step II-Clinical Knowledge of the USMLE to graduate.

Curriculum Objectives

Regional Clinical Campuses


HUNTSVILLE CAMPUS: Huntsville Campus Clerkships


TUSCALOOSA CAMPUS: Tuscaloosa Longitudinal Curriculum (TLC2)