The mission of the Learning Communities Program is to promote personal wellness and professional development, and foster longitudinal relationships in a safe and inclusive environment. Our goal is to create healthy people who will be effective physician leaders.

Learning Communities Impact on your Medical School Career

UAB School of Medicine students are able to find community and fellowship within their Learning Communities. Each student is assigned to a Learning Community when they enter medical school, based on their clinical campus assignment. There are six Learning Communities for the Birmingham campus, two for the Huntsville campus, one for the Montgomery campus, and two for the Tuscaloosa Campus.

Students remain in the same Learning Community all four years. Each Learning Community has a faculty mentor. Students meet regularly with their mentor for sessions that cover a variety of topics including: medical ethics, communication skills, professionalism, wellness, etc. In addition, Learning Communities are encouraged to have monthly socials. Overall, Learning Communities are a welcoming environment to help students navigate the ins and outs of medical school.


Learning Communities News

Student Insights: Spotlight on Learning Communities. Read the recent article from SOM News



Program Leadership:

Caroline Harada, MD, Assistant Dean for Community Engaged Scholarship & Jason Noah, Director for Student Success Programs give oversight to the UABSOM LC Program.


Birmingham Communities:

Barfield-Carter Community, Sam Dalvi, MD - Lead Mentor

Hill Community, Danielle Powell, MD - Lead Mentor

Kirklin Community, Sergio Stagno, MD - Lead Mentor

McCallum Community, Todd McCarty, MD - Lead Mentor

Oparil Community, David Resuehr, PhD - Lead Mentor

Pittman Community, Starr Steinhilbertarr, MD - Lead Mentor


Huntsville Communities:

Harrison Community, Blayke Gibson, MD - Lead Mentor

Hamilton Community, Marissa Natelson Love, MD - Lead Mentor


Montgomery Community:

Lyons Community, Caroline Harada, MD - Lead Mentor


Tuscaloosa Communities:

Hirschowitz Community, Stephanie Berger, MD - Lead Mentor

Finley Community, Pilar Acosta Lara, MD - Lead Mentor