Frequently Asked Questions
Does your program consider a minimal cut-off score for USMLE exams?
Yes. Completion of the USMLE steps, with a minimum score of 200, on first attempt or the Complex.
Must IMG's be certified by the ECFMG to apply to your program?
No, not to apply to our program, but ECFMG Certification must be verified by February 1 of the application year.
Is Prior US clinical training required for IMG's?
No U.S. clinical experience is not required but it strengthens your application.
Does your program sponsor visas?
Yes. UAB sponsors H-1B and J-1 VISAS; however, there are other requirements that must be met before the petition to the U.S. Immigration Service is submitted.
Does your program impose a limit on the graduate year of applicants?
Yes. You must have graduated from an ACGME approved medical school within 5 years of application or will meet necessary requirements for graduation before residency begins - Medical School Diploma.
Is there a deadline for taking the USMLE Step 3 exam?
Yes. Successful completion of the USMLE Step 3 on your first attempt by February 1 of application year for those who are seeking H1-B visa status. This does not guarantee you will be approved for H-1B sponsorship.
Does your program accept Complex scores from DO applicants?
Yes. Successful completion of the USMLE step 1 with a min score of 200 or the Complex (a combination of the USMLE and Complex is not acceptable).
What is the preferred method of communication during the application cycle?
We participate in the ERAS program (Electronic Residency Application Service); therefore, we only accept applications using this process. No paper applications will be considered. Please do not fax your applications as they will not be reviewed.
How many positions do you have?
That depends on the residency slots available - usually 9 to 11 positions
How many teaching Attendings do you have?
There are 5 full-time faculty physicians, with 3 part-time faculty physicians and 60 volunteer faculty physicians associated with our program.
What are the academic activities?
- Daily Noon Conferences
- Monthly Journal Club
- Thrice weekly Morning Report
- Weekly Grand Rounds
- Weekly visiting faculty Teaching Rounds
- Quarterly CPC
- Bimonthly Bedside Teaching Rounds
How is the housing?
We do not provide housing at our facility, but there is plenty of housing accommodations close by our facility and Baptist South Medical Center.
How many admissions per shift?
We have 2 GMS teams in the hospital. Our teams cap is 18 patients per team.
How is the call schedule?
We have Overnight Call, Long Call and Short Call.
Is there elective time during the first year?
For preliminary interns, one to two months of elective is available preferably in the field, which they will eventually enter.
Do you have a computer system?
- Computers are available on all floors and units. Residents are issued laptops for their use during residency.
- Cerner and HPF are the two systems we use
- Cerner - you can check your current and past labs, radiology reports and past medical records of admissions in Baptist hospitals.
- HPF - you can complete your charts and also will be able to get records of past admissions.
- Internet available on computers in call room and library
What is the vacation time?
- Vacation Time - 3 weeks per academic year
- Sick Leave - 3 weeks per academic year
|6 - 7 a.m.
||Walk rounds with residents
|8:30 - Noon
||Teaching Attending rounds; follow-up work
|Noon - 1 p.m.
|1 - 5 p.m.
||GMS Teams daily checkout
||Check off to on call team
Who writes/dictates the discharge summaries and orders?
This is the responsibility of the residents.
What research opportunities would I have here?
- Residents present abstracts/posters at regional/national meetings
- American College of Physician (ACP)
- Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
- Opportunities for small independent research projects
What fellowship opportunities would I have here?
Since 1985, 30 percent of graduates have been appointed to fellowships; 21 percent of fellowships have been with our main campus at UAB.
Specialties include: Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Cardiology, Hem oncology/Oncology, GI, ID, Rheumatology and Endocrinology