Advanced Standing/Transfer Students

Due to lack of available positions, we are not accepting advanced standing/transfer students for academic year 2013-2014 or 2014-2015.

Opportunities for students to transfer to our school are limited to positions in the third year that become available due to attrition. Only students who have compelling reason to transfer are considered for transfer.

  • To be given consideration for transfer students must demonstrate:
    • Academic achievements and other relevant characteristics comparable to those of the medical students in the class the transferring student would join including:
      • Similar premedical academic achievements including meeting our minimum MCAT score requirement and other minimum requirements at the time of admission to medical school
      • Medical school coursework compatible with the coursework of students at the level of the class to be entered
      • Students who have failed to keep pace with their medical school class, who are not in good standing at their current medical school or who have any academic or nonacademic problem against them will not be given consideration
  • Preference in selecting individuals for advanced standing is given to students who are either:
    • Individuals in regular medical school tracks, who are legal residents of Alabama and U.S. Citizens in LCME accredited allopathic medical schools
    • Individuals who are seeking admission to one of our special programs
  • Students who have attended foreign medical schools, osteopathic schools, schools of podiatry, or chiropractic schools are not considered for transfer
  • Students who believe they meet the above criteria should submit a request for consideration for transfer to medschool@uab.edu.
    • Applicants who do not meet the criteria for consideration for transfer will receive electronic notification from the Admissions Office 
    • Qualified applicants will receive an e-mail with instructions for completing our online Advanced Standing/Transfer application
  • Applications are available beginning January 1 and the deadline for submitting applications is March 1st
    • The evaluation of advanced-standing applications begins no later than April 1 of each year
    • Completed applications are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee and must include the following information:
      • Advanced Standing/Transfer Application
      • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
      • Two letters of recommendation from professional school faculty who have taught the applicant in basic sciences or supervised the applicant in clinics.
      • A Dean’s letter from the applicant’s current medical school which must:
        • State the eligibility (or expected eligibility) of the individual for promotion to the next academic year at the student’s current school
        • Address the academic and non-academic qualification of the individual for the eventual practice of medicine
        • Specific comments should be included on any infractions of the school’s code of ethical and behavioral conduct
      • A digital photograph uploaded to our website
      • An official copy of the applicant’s USMLE score (if applicant has not taken USMLE Step I, acceptance will be contingent on a posted passing score. Accepted advanced standing/transfer applicants will not be able to begin the clinical curriculum without a passing USMLE Step 1 score).
  • Students qualifying for consideration will be invited to interview.
    • A $80.00 application fee is required
    • The interview is not scheduled until the fee is paid
    • Interviews will be coordinated by the Director of Admissions
    • Applicants not invited to interview receive electronic notification from the Admissions Office
  • Final decision for acceptance as an advanced standing/transfer student is made by the Admissions Selection Committee
    • Applicants not accepted will receive written notification from the Admissions Office
    • Accepted applicants will receive written notification from the Admissions Office
      • Acceptance is contingent on posting a passing score on USMLE Step I
      • If applicable,  acceptance is contingent upon providing proof of marriage to an Alabama resident and proof of spouse’s full time employment in the state of Alabama
  • Students admitted into the third-year class are generally placed at one of the School of Medicine’s branch campuses
  • All entering students must pass a criminal background check. The criminal background check will be initiated by Certiphi Screening
    • The transferring student is responsible for the cost of the criminal background check