Black Susan

Residency is the most important time of your medical education. Those four years will shape how you, as a medical professional, will interact with patients and with medicine as a whole. Thus, choosing the correct residency program is key to your future success.

UAB’s residency is a varied educational experience focused on hands-on learning. The core is a diverse didactic curriculum featuring classroom lectures, simulation, Q&A sessions, and case-based discussion along with bedside teaching. Residents are given progressive autonomy. They begin making patient-care choices early on in their training while guided by faculty members. With increasing experience and knowledge, they are given increasing responsibility. This, along with the extensive and diverse caseload provided for our residents, is designed to guide them into creating their own operational methodology for approaching each patient individually. This methodology will allow residents to evaluate each patient and their unique circumstances and devise a targeted plan of care. Embedded within the core training common to all residents are a variety of additional opportunities that allow each resident to reach their own individualized goals. The confidence born of this training allows our graduates to operate effectively in any professional environment that they choose: providing excellent patient care, leading health care teams, or serving in large-scale health care administration.

UAB admits 21 residents from diverse backgrounds and identities per year. Despite this large size, we focus on a sense of community within the program. As faculty, we strive to know each of our residents on a personal and professional level. Each member of the faculty is invested in providing excellent training for each of our residents. Through this, we hope to provide a tailored educational experience to mirror what we expect from our graduates. 


Susan Black, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Vice Chair for Education