The Advanced Standing/Transfer Application will be opened in January of each year if/when we have spots available.  Please note that we do not have spots available for transfer applicants into UAB for the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Opportunities for students to transfer to our school are limited to positions in the third year that become available due to attrition. Only students who have a compelling reason to transfer are considered for transfer.

Transfer Requirements

To be given consideration for transfer, students must demonstrate:

  • Academic achievements and other relevant characteristics comparable to those of the medical students in the class the transferring student would join including:
  • Similar premedical academic achievements including meeting our minimum MCAT score requirement and other minimum requirements at the time of admission to medical school
  • Medical school coursework compatible with the coursework of students at the level of the class to be entered
  • Students who have failed to keep pace with their medical school class, who are not in good standing at their current medical school or who have any academic or nonacademic problem against them will not be given consideration

Applicants must be US Citizens or US permanent residents.

Applicants must have attended an LCME accredited allopathic medical school.

Preference is given to legal residents or Alabama.


Applications are available beginning in January. The deadline for submitting applications is March, if spots are available. The evaluation of advanced-standing applications begins no later than April 1 of each year.

Completed applications are reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee and must include the following information:

  • Advanced Standing/Transfer Application
  • Description of the compelling reason for transferring to the University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional school faculty who have taught the applicant in basic sciences or supervised the applicant in clinics
  • A Dean’s letter from the applicant’s current medical school which must:
    • State the eligibility of the individual for promotion to the next academic year at the student’s current school
    • Address the academic and non-academic qualification of the individual for the eventual practice of medicine
    • Include specific comments on any infractions of the school's code of ethical and behavioral conduct
  • A digital photograph uploaded to our website
  • An official copy of the applicant’s USMLE score
    • A passing score on the USMLE Step 1 is required for acceptance and matriculation to the UAB School of Medicine.
    • Evidence of a passing score and matriculation are required in order to begin any academic activities/clerkships. 


Students qualifying for consideration will be invited to interview.

  • A $100.00 application fee is required.
  • The interview is not scheduled until the fee is paid.
  • Interviews will be coordinated by the Director of Admissions.
  • Applicants not invited to interview receive electronic notification from the Admissions Office.


Final decision for acceptance as an advanced standing/transfer student is made by the Admissions Selection Committee.

  • Applicants not accepted will receive written notification from the Admissions Office.
  • Accepted applicants will receive written notification from the Admissions Office.
    • Acceptance is contingent on posting a passing score on USMLE Step 1.
    • If applicable, acceptance is contingent upon providing proof of marriage to an Alabama resident and proof of spouse’s full time employment in the state of Alabama.

Students admitted into the third-year class are generally placed at one of the School of Medicine’s branch campuses.

All entering students must pass a criminal background check. The criminal background check will be initiated by Certiphi Screening.

  • The transferring student is responsible for the cost of the criminal background check.

MD/DMD Program

The MD/DMD Program combines the expertise of our world-class faculty in both our dental and medical schools. With this dual program, we can prepare you for a variety of careers, such as oral and maxillofacial surgery, research, education, and more. Learn more from the UAB School of Denistry.