Application FAQ's


Q)  Should one of the three required letters of recommendation be submitted by the Chairman of Pediatrics? 
A)  A Chairman's letter is not required but is acceptable. We prefer that your recommendations be submitted by faculty members of your school who are well-acquainted with you and your medical education experiences, and who can provide knowledgeable references for you.

Q)  Only three letters of recommendation are required but can we submit more than three? 
A)  Yes. ERAS will allow you to submit more than three letters so any additional letters will be included with your application as well.

Q)  Does your program consider a minimal cut-off score for USMLE exams?
A)  Passing scores for USMLE are required; there are no minimal passing score requirements. However, USMLE scores are considered an important part of the complete application, and higher USMLE scores offer a more competitive edge to your application as a whole. Applicants with more than two attempts to pass the USMLE are not likely to receive an invitation to interview with our program.

Q)  Does your program accept graduates from Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Schools?
A) Yes.

Q)  Do you accept International Medical Graduates?
A)  Yes, UAB sponsors both both J-1 and H-1 Visas (on an individual basis).  You must have a valid ECFMG certificate.