Application FAQ

Does your program consider a minimal cut-off score for USMLE exams?
Yes. Completion of the USMLE steps, with a minimum passing score of 200 on first attempt of USMLE or COMLEX exams.

Does the Program currently have IMG’s?
Yes, well qualified applicants from approved Medical Schools (per Alabama Board of Medical Examiners) world-wide have been accepted, and are currently serving within our Program.

Must IMG's be certified by the ECFMG to apply to your program?
No, not to apply to our program, but ECFMG Certification must be verified by April 1, of the application year.

Is Prior US clinical training required for IMG's?
At least one month of US clinical experience is desired for consideration. Research is not considered US clinical experience.

Does your program sponsor visas?
As of July 1, 2015, we no longer sponsor H1-B visas, we only sponsor J-1 visas.

Does your program impose a limit on the graduate year of applicants?
Yes. You must have graduated from an ACGME approved medical school within 5 years of application.

Does your program accept Comlex scores from DO applicants?
Yes. Successful completion of the USMLE step 1 with a minimal passing score of 200 or the COMLEX exam, (a combination of the USMLE and Comlex is not acceptable).

Do you have a Research Component, Rotation, or Laboratory?
Our mission is patient care and service to our patient population, research is not our primary focus. We do not have basic science research, and there is very little clinical research at our campus. Some Residents are successful in completing research projects, but most of our scholarly activity is in the form of clinical case presentations at Conferences (American College of Physician (ACP) Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

What is the preferred method of communication during the application cycle?
We participate in the ERAS program (Electronic Residency Application Service); therefore, we only accept applications using this process. No paper applications will be considered. Please do not fax or email your applications as they will not be reviewed. Other communication is preferably by email due to the large number of phone calls, we cannot return each call made to our office during interview season.

General FAQ

How are Ambulatory Clinics set-up?
We follow a 4+1 Rotation Schedule, where a Resident/Intern is scheduled for Ambulatory Care every 5th week. Physicians are able to maintain continuity of care and develop a lasting relationship with their patient during their Residency.

Does the Program allow “Away” Rotations?
Residents are allowed to seek out accredited Programs to Rotate with Nationwide, for one month during their PGY2 and PGY3 year.

How many resident positions do you have?
We have a total of 27 residents in our program. Each year we recruit 11 Physicians for Internships, 8 Categorical, and 3 Preliminary positions are available.

How many teaching Attendings do you have?
There are 7 full-time faculty physicians, with 2 part-time faculty physicians and 60 volunteer faculty physicians associated with our program.

What are the didactic activities?
  • Daily Noon Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Thrice weekly Morning Report
  • Bi-monthly Weekly Grand Rounds
  • Bi-monthly Teaching Rounds

Do you provide housing?

We do not provide housing at our facility, but there is plenty of housing accommodations within minutes of our facility and Baptist South Medical Center.

How many admissions per shift?
We have 3 GMS teams with a patient cap of 15 per team.

How is the call schedule?
We have Overnight Call, Long Call and Short Call. Residents are on a Q-6 call schedule. Interns are on a Q-7 Call Schedule.

Is there elective time during the first year?
For preliminary interns, one to two months of elective is available preferably in the field, which they will eventually enter.

How are GMS teams set up?
We have 3 GMS teams composed of one upper level residents and two interns with one attending. We also utilize a Swing Team concept that allows one Resident and one Intern to perform “Short Call” duties as a benefit to the team as a whole.

Do you use Electronic Medical Records?

How many days of Leave does the program provide?
  • Vacation Time - 3 weeks per academic year
  • Sick Leave - 3 weeks per academic year
  • Exam Leave Step 2 – 2 days during the first year of training only
  • Conference Leave – 5 days per academic year
  • Interview Leave – 5 days in PGY3

What is the daily schedule?

6 - 7 a.m. Start pre-rounding
7:30 a.m. Morning Report
8:30 - Noon Teaching Attending rounds; follow-up work
12 - 1 p.m. Noon Conference
1 - 5 p.m. Follow-up work
3:30 p.m. GMS Teams daily checkout
4:30 p.m. Check off to on call team

What research opportunities would I have here?
  • Residents present abstracts/posters at regional/national meetings
    • American College of Physician (ACP)
    • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • Opportunities for small independent research projects

Additional Information

Since 1985, 30 percent of graduates have been appointed to fellowships; 21 percent of fellowships have been with our main campus at UAB.

Specialties include: Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, and General Internal Medicine

  • Computers are available on all floors and units. Residents are issued laptops for their use during residency.
  • Cerner and HPF are the two systems we use
  • Cerner - you can check your current and past labs, radiology reports and past medical records of admissions in Baptist hospitals.
  • HPF - you can complete your charts and also will be able to get records of past admissions.
  • Internet available on computers in call room and library