Letter from the Program Director
In today’s world of changing requirements for graduate medical education, we are committed to preserving our core values of excellence in medicine – valuing patient ownership, clinical reasoning, and professionalism. To quote our first Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Tinsley Harrison, we believe “no greater opportunity, responsibility, or obligation can fall to the lot of a human being than to become a physician.”
Our residency program is structured to provide a diverse clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Our residents provide care at two unique hospital sites and two continuity clinic sites, all within five city blocks. Our inpatient training sites include University Hospital, a 1,000 bed tertiary care referral center for the Southeast and the Birmingham Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Across all sites, you will experience clinical rotations in general medicine, medical and cardiology intensive care, and all the medical subspecialties. During your three years, you will learn to diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical illnesses, both common conditions and rare diseases that involve complex clinical reasoning. As you hone your clinical skills, our curricular structure provides progressive autonomy in a supportive environment, with sincere collegiality and abundant opportunities for scholarship.
At UAB, your clinical training will be exceptional, and furthermore, we are dedicated to your professional and personal growth. This includes developing your skills as team leader and teacher, researcher, critical appraiser of evidence based literature, and providing you the skills to become a patient advocate in patient safety and quality care. In addition to our categorical track, we offer specialized training in primary care, women’s health, mini-subspecialty fellowships, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) research pathway, medicine-pediatrics, medicine-genetics, and preliminary medicine. Our residents present at regional and national meetings, successfully obtain fellowship positions, and become leaders in the community and academic medical centers.
Whatever your goals, we will help you succeed when you become part of our UAB family. We are excited about your visit, and are looking forward to sharing our program with you. As we continue to grow with the challenges and opportunities of 21st century medicine, we promise to preserve the legacy and core values of internal medicine, and will continue to make our program one that would make Dr. Harrison proud.
Dr. Lisa Willett
Dr. Tinsley R. Harrison Endowed Chair in Medical Resident Education