Patient Care

The School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is not only dedicated to providing broad educational and training opportunities in the biomedical and related health sciences, but we also provide patient care for the benefit of clinical education, as well as to help meet the medical needs of the region. Our school is a fundamental part of the internationally renowned UAB Health System.

The UAB Health System is the largest academic health center in Alabama and one of the top four largest academic medical centers in the United States, providing exceptional care in a variety of fields for patients from all over the world.    

In 2002, our University Hospital joined an elite group of hospitals across the nation as one of only eight Magnet hospitals in the southeastern U.S., a designation awarded by the American Nurses Association. For more than 20 years, UAB programs have consistently been listed in U.S. News and World Report's annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue and UAB physicians are consistently listed in the prestigious publication, Best Doctors in America. In 2011 U.S. News and World Report ranked The School of Medicine 30th nationally in research and 10th nationally in primary care. Several other programs within the School of Medicine were also ranked nationally.

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 - Callahan Eye FoundationThe Kirklin Clinic at UAB, and in UAB Health Centers and facilities around Birmingham and throughout the state.

Because of UAB's leadership and accomplishments in innovative research, our physicians can offer you, as a patient, immediate access to the newest technologies and treatments. As a student, you will have at your fingertips access to the knowledge and instruction of world-renown researchers who consistently shed light on diseases and conditions like Alzheimer's, diabetes, AIDS, sickle Cell Anemia and more. We continue to garner significant research funding from the National Institutes of Health, totaling over $217 million for the SOM alone. UAB ranks 21st in funding from NIH and 31st nationally among academic institutions in federal research funding.

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.