Providing outstanding medical care and services, and the enhancement of new knowledge through clinical and basic biomedical research, is critical to our educational mission. The UAB School of Medicine is a fundamental part of the internationally renowned UAB Health System, the largest academic health center in Alabama and one of the top four largest academic medical centers in the United States. UAB has the only Level 1 trauma unit in the state, the largest neonatal ICU in the world, a regional burn center and more than 1,100 beds.
As a medical student or resident, you'll train and learn in state-of-the-art facilities such as our North Pavilion — an 885,000-foot, 11-story hospital completed in 2004. Or, the new 430,000 square foot Women's and Infants Center completed in 2010. You'll find nationally acclaimed physicians and surgeons providing UAB's brand of compassionate care at our other facilities as well — UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, and in UAB Health Centers and facilities around Birmingham and throughout the state.
UAB faculty, fellows, residents and students in the Department of Pediatrics provide pediatric services at the adjoining Children's of Alabama, including its brand new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. Children's perennially ranks as one of the best children's hospitals in the country.
Physicians and students from UAB also see patients in the Birmingham VA Medical Center, which is adjacent to the School of Medicine.
Patients benefit from UAB's leadership and accomplishments in innovative research with access to the newest technologies, treatments and clinical trials. UAB is recognized around the world as a leader in cancer care, medical genetics, transplantation, infectious diseases and internal medicine.
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A Few of Our Distinctions
- UAB heart surgeon, the late John W. Kirklin, developed a computerized intensive care unit that became a model for modern ICUs around the world.
- World's first genetically engineered mouse-human monoclonal antibody was used at University Hospital in the treatment of cancer in 1987.
- In 1995, UAB was the first in the Southeast to perform a simultaneous heart-kidney transplant.
- In 2011, the School of Medicine was one of three finalists for the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- UAB has been on the front-lines of research in the war on HIV/AIDS for 30 years.
- Five medical specialties at UAB are ranked in the top 20 nationally: AIDS, 4th; women's health, 8th; internal medicine 18th; geriatrics, 19th; and pediatrics, 19th.
- In funding from NIH, eight departments within the School of Medicine ranked in the top 10; Anatomy/Cell Biology (No.1). Other departments in the top five are Surgery (No. 2), Obstetrics/Gynecology (No. 3) and Physical Medicine (No. 4).
- Since its establishment, The School of Medicine has trained some 10,000 physicians.
- With more than 100 bassinets, the new Women's and Infants Center houses the country's largest private-room, neonatal nursery for sick newborns.