AMC21 is UAB Medicine’s strategic plan, integrating efforts of the Heersink School of Medicine and the UAB Health System to become the Preferred Academic Medical Center of the 21st Century. What are distinguishing characteristics of a preferred medical center? It is where students, residents, and fellows want to learn; faculty want to practice and conduct research; patients want to come for care; employees want to work; and donors want to give to a better future. Each of the four pillars are outlined below.


Develop and strengthen satisfying relationships between UAB Medicine and its patients, faculty, staff, and students.


  • Increase American Association of Medical Colleges Graduation Questionnaire satisfaction score
  • Increase % of residents and biomedical graduate students indicating UAB was “preferred training program”
  • Increase faculty engagement as measured by UHC


Implement standards and systems to continue achieving the best possible results in clinical care, research, and education.


  • Increase publication score
  • Increase number of training grants
  • Increase US Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills pass rate
  • Increase specialty board exam pass rates for all residency programs


Attract and generate revenue, manage and invest resources wisely, and reduce costs to support healing, learning, and discovery.


  • Improve NIH ranking
  • Increase philanthropic support

Advancement of Knowledge

Create a diverse culture that fosters and shares innovation, expands funded research, and sets the highest standards for education.


  • Increase the number of NIH-funded investigators
  • Implement Core Entrustable Professional Activities for entering residency
  • Increase demographic and geographic diversity of faculty and trainees
  • Increase innovation through technology transfer