University of Alabama School of Medicine
UAB Department of Family and Community Medicine

The Pathway Externship Program

  • A unique experience in Ambulatory Patient Care designed for incoming second year medical students interested in primary care medicine and specifically Family Medicine
  • The experience is during June, July & August and is for 4 weeks
  • It is offered through the Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Medical students will receive a stipend of $2,000 after completion of the 4 weeks

Elements of the Pathway Externship Program

  • Clinical shadowing experience in a rural Family Medicine ambulatory setting
  • Preceptors: rural Alabama practicing physicians to whom you are assigned
  • Preceptor List: request this list from Gwen Williams:


Application and Selection Process

  • Complete the application HERE
  • Include a brief resume and prepare a short essay stating your career goals and why you are interested in becoming a Pathway Externship participant
  • All applicants selected for the Pathway Externship Program will be notified by email


Return your application by mail to:

Gwen Williams
UAB Department of Family & Community Medicine
930 South 20th Street, Room 376
Birmingham, AL 35205

Or by Email:

Pathway Applications are due:                   March 1

Pathway Applicants will be chosen on:       March 30