• Medical Student Services

    Medical Student Services is the student affairs office for the medical school. We support the academic mission with a focus on student wellness, personal growth and professional development. We weave a support system through learning communities, individual career advising, academic tutoring, and service learning.

    MSS On-Call

    An MSS dean or director is always on call. You can reach MSS On-Call anytime by calling UAB Paging 205-934-3411 and asking to page the MSS Director on Call. 


      • ReportIt is an online system students can use to report concerns or commendations about anything related to medical school faculty, students, staff, or facilities. 
      • Certain deans receive the reports, depending on the type of concern or commendation submitted. 
      • Students have the option to submit a report anonymously, but we encourage you to include a name and email address (these an can be pseudonymous or non-identifying), so a dean can ask any needed follow up questions to act on your report in a meaningful way and provide updates on your report. 

    Please visit the Medical Student Services page for more information.
  • Academic Success

    The Academic Success Program maximizes students’ personal and professional development by providing individualized advising and supportive programming. We do this by facilitating the academic and career success of all medical students in a collaborative and inclusive environment.


    Learning Success
      • Study skills, study groups, learning strategies, and test-taking strategies
      • Step 1 and Step 2 CK preparation
    Residency Application Success
      • CV guidance and review
      • Personal statement guidance and review
      • Career advisor referral
    Personal & Professional Support
      • Professional Development Office referrals
      • Stress relief activities
      • Accommodations must be requested through the UAB Disability Support Office. If you have any questions about disability-related accommodations in medical school, you can contact Disability Support Services directly, or Dr. Brook Hubner, the Heersink School of Medicine's DSS liaison.
        • All information is confidential, and your diagnosis/disability does not need to be disclosed in order to consult on the process to receive accommodations.
    Peer Education

    The peer education program serves a dual mission: providing free, supplemental support to medical students who need additional help with coursework; and supporting medical students who wish to extend and reinforce their knowledge and develop instructional skills while helping their peers.

    Peer Educators lead:

    • content-specific large group sessions
    • anatomy mock practical exams
    • question-based small groups and provide individual tutoring by referral.

    Student leaders in the peer education program are trained by the academic success program and receive ongoing professional development. 


    The academic success office conducts seminars and workshops on highly relevant topics aligned with the medical school year as well as offers learning strategy seminars for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).

    Our Team: 

    Brook A. Hubner, PhD, Director

    Fahmida Bratina, MA, Learning Specialist

    Laura Johnson, EdS, Learning Specialist

    Caleb Rotton, MEd, Academic and Career Success Advisor

  • Financial Services
  • Service Learning
    The Office of Service Learning provides service opportunities that are tied to medical school curriculum throughout all four years. These experiences reinforce what you learn in the classroom and provide needed services to our communities.
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Student Affairs office endeavors to educate the next generation of physicians to be culturally and socially sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of fellow students, faculty, staff, and patients. Our intention is to strengthen and empower students to develop and use their knowledge to serve and heal the world around them.
  • Student Life
    Student Organizations

    Student Senate

    Service Opportunities


    Best Medicine Show

    Other Helpful Links

  • Safety

    UAB Police

    UAB’s accredited police force of more than 70 sworn officers, including a special Student Housing Police Precinct, patrols our campus 24 hours a day and makes routine sweeps through residence halls and parking areas.

    UAB Police also offer various awareness, defense, and safety programs for students.

    Contact: 205-934-3535 (emergency), 205-934-4434 (non-emergency)


    Blazer Express, UAB's campus bus service, offers free transportation for students, employees, and authorized visitors along six routes - some of which run as late as midnight. Just show your One Card to ride. Late night, on-demand van service is also available daily from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. through Blazer Express.

    Contact: 205-934-8772

    Rave Guardian

    Rave Guardian is a free, personal safety app and service available to UAB students, faculty, and staff. Users sign up with their UAB email address and app allows users to designate “guardians” — who can be family, friends or even the UAB Police Department — to provide a virtual safety escort. The user sets a timer and designates a guardian; if the user does not deactivate the timer before it expires, an alert is sent to the guardian with the user’s location.

    The app also allows for direct emergency access to UABPD — essentially serving as a personal panic button through which police can identify the user’s location.

    Learn more about Rave Guardian from UAB Emergency Management and download Rave Guardian from Google Play or the App Store.

    Help Phones

    Hundreds of Help Phones are strategically located around campus, both inside and outside buildings, in parking garages, and along sidewalks. Look for the blue light and the word “HELP.” A press of a button puts you directly in touch with UAB police, who monitor the system 24 hours a day.

    Emergency Alerts

    For immediate notification of emergencies (severe weather, crime, etc.), all students should sign up with UAB's B-ALERT system, which is used to communicate to the entire campus at the same time. You can choose which method of communication suits you best—voice call, SMS text message, or e-mail—or use any combination of the three.

    During such events, uab.edu/emergency is the official source of UAB information from class cancellations to rescheduling of building hours to safety procedures.

    Restricted Access

    Volker Hall has carded entry systems, allowing entry only to those with approved access. In the wake of COVID-19, ONE Card access is required 24 hours a day. The 4th and 5th floors of Volker are accessible only with ONE Card access 24 hours a day.

    Clery Report

    The UAB Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online. To access it, you can go to the UAB Police Department website and click on “Annual Security and Fire Safety Clery Report,” or go directly to the report online.

    For a print copy of the report, call (205) 934-4649. The report follows the guidelines mandated by the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and contains the following information: reporting incidents; federal campus sex crimes prevention act; missing person procedures; distribution of timely warnings; emergency preparedness, response and evacuation procedures; criminal statistics; fire safety report, etc.

    Huntsville Regional Medical Campus Fire and Safety Report

    Montgomery Regional Medical Campus Fire and Safety Report

    Report It

    ReportIt is an online system medical students can use to report concerns or commendations about anything related to medical school faculty, students, staff, or facilities. 

    Certain deans within the School of Medicine receive the reports, depending on the type of concern or commendation submitted. 

    Students have the option to submit a report anonymously, but we encourage you to include a name and email address (these an can be pseudonymous or non-identifying), so a dean can ask any needed follow up questions to act on your report in a meaningful way and provide updates on your report.  

  • Commencement

    Current plan is for an in-person ceremony.

    Date: Saturday, May 14, 2022
    Location: Bartow Arena
    Start time: 1 p.m., ceremony will last approximately 2 hours
    Student arrival: Students arrive by 12:30 p.m. to line up

    Live Stream: The ceremony will be streamed live online at https://go.uab.edu/SOMCommencement

    Parking: No reserved parking for the ceremony. Students and guests should utilize street parking or public paid lots around Bartow Arena.

    ADA Parking for Guests with Disabilities/Mobility Issues:

    • If you have guests who need ADA parking for the Commencement ceremony, you can make a request for a parking space closer to the entrance to Bartow Arena​. Each student can request only one space.
    • Deadline for requests is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29 (we are unable to extend the deadline)​. We cannot guarantee that all requests can be accommodated.
    • Contact Kaitlin Higginbotham for more information.

    Ordering Regalia: Order your regalia from Barnes & Noble here.

    • You will pay for regalia when you pick it up. Students who complete the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire will receive a $50 credit toward regalia rental. 
    • All regalia will be shipped to Barnes & Noble, and you’ll pick it up from there. (You can put your local and/or home address on the ordering site. This is not where the regalia will be shipped)

    Ordering Announcements and/or Diploma Frames: If you're interested in ordering announcements, contact Barnes & Noble at the Hill Center.

    Family Hooding at the Commencement Cermony:

    • Students can be hooded by a family member who is a medical doctor (MD/DO), and is a current or retired faculty member of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine. Adjunct faculty are included. 
    • Fill out the request form online. Deadline for requests is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 29.
    • Contact Kaitlin Higginbotham for more information.

    Suppressed Information: If your information is listed as "Suppressed" in the school's database, we cannot call your name nor print it in Match or Commencement documents.

    Name Changes:

    • The name called at Commencement will be the name listed in the school's system
    • If you want/need to change this, there are instructions for doing so on the Registrar & Records page
    • Don’t wait to start this process as there are legal documents you have to gather in order to make the change
    • Diplomas will be ordered April 15, so name changes must be completed by this date in order for the change to be reflected on your diploma

    For all other questions about Commencement, contact Kaitlin Higginbotham or Jason Noah.

  • White Coat Ceremony

    Date: Sunday, Aug. 14 (Date is tentative, and may change. Our goal is to have a confirmed date by the end of May 2022. We advise your guests not to make travel plans until the date is confirmed).
    Location: Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center
    Start time: 2 p.m.

    The schedule and detailed information will be communicated via the Guidebook orientation app. Details about signing up for the app will be sent in the July edition of Vital Signs.

  • Match Day

    Date: Friday, March 17, 2023

    Location: Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave S, Birmingham.
    Start time: 10:45 a.m.

    Live Stream: Ceremony will be streamed live online at www.uab.edu/matchday

    More details will be added in January/February 2023