University of Alabama School of Medicine Overview

The School of Medicine at UAB is dedicated to the education of physicians and scientists in all of the disciplines of medicine and biomedical investigation for careers in practice, teaching and research. Necessary to this educational mission is the provision of outstanding medical care and services and the enhancement of new knowledge through clinical and basic biomedical research.

Our mission is to educate and nurture health professionals who serve the health needs of Alabama, the nation, and the world through excellence in clinical medicine, research, education, and health care leadership.

21st Century Medical Education

In 2007, the School of Medicine adopted a new curriculum that increased preclinical course integration, providing students with opportunities to better prepare for the practice of medicine in the 21st century. 

The objective of this new 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. Organ-based modules will be co-directed by basic scientists and clinicians.

"Medicine is no longer a one-person enterprise," says Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Hughes Evans, MD. "Clinical medicine today depends on successful interaction with multiple specialists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, social workers, and other health care professionals.

"Because of the new curriculum, medical education at UAB is more relevant, appropriate, applicable, practical, and adaptable to societal changes, which provides a strong foundation for the future of medical education," she says. "As we plan for the future, we recognize that medical education is a life-long learning process in which doctors learn new skills and acquire knowledge throughout their careers."