Frequently Asked Questions

Application FAQ

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 Comlex.

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?  
At least one month of US clinical experience is required. Research is not considered US clinical experience.

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. Program determines type of Visa sponsorship.

Does your program accept Comlex scores from DO applicants?  
Yes. Successful completion of the USMLE step 1 with a min score of 200 or the Comlex (a combination of the USMLE and Comlex 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 or email your applications as they will not be reviewed.

General FAQ

How many resident 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 2 part-time faculty physicians and 60 volunteer faculty physicians associated with our program. 

What are the didactic activities?
  • Daily Noon Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Thrice weekly Morning Report
  • Bi-monthly Weekly Grand Rounds
  • Bi-monthly 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 3 GMS teams in the hospital. Our teams cap is 15 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.

 How many admissions per shift?
We have 3 GMS teams composed of two interns, an upper level, and the attending. Our teams cap at 15 patients.

Do you use Electronic Medical Records?

What fellowship opportunities would I have?
 Spell out- Hematology/ Oncology, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology

 What is the vacation time?
  • Vacation Time - 3 weeks per academic year
  • Sick Leave - 3 weeks per academic year
What is the daily schedule?
6 - 7 a.m.

Start pre-rounding

7:15 a.m.

Walk rounds with residents

7:30 a.m.

Morning Report

8:30 - Noon

Teaching Attending rounds; follow-up work

Noon - 1 p.m.

Noon Conference

1 - 5 p.m.

Follow-up work

3:30 p.m.

GMS Teams daily checkout

4:30 p.m.

Check off to on call team

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

Additional Information

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, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Geriatrics, and General Internal Medicine

  • 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