Only applicants who meet one of the following criteria may be accepted for residency training in accredited programs sponsored by UAB University Hospital:
- Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
- Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States and Canada accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada (foreign medical graduate, FMG) must possess a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), or, have a full unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction in which they are training.
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States, who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
The entry of foreign-born graduates of non-U.S. medical schools to the United States is governed by the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, which is administered by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). It is a violation of federal law to provide employment to a non-U.S. citizen who does not hold an appropriate visa, or other appropriate work authorization documents from the INS.
Prerequisite Residency Training
All applicants must satisfy any requirements for prerequisite residency training, as established by the relevant Residency Review Committee and/or certifying board for the specialty.
If a resident transfers from a residency program at another institution, written verification of the previous educational experiences and a statement regarding the resident’s performance evaluation must be received prior to acceptance into a UAB residency program.
Please Note: Orientation Forms are located under Orientation tab on the left hand side of this page under "Forms to be Mailed".
Initial Resident Agreement
Renewal Resident Agreement
Code of Conduct
UAB Resident Benefit Summary
All newly-appointed residents must complete and pass an employment physical examination, as required by the State Health Department, within 30 days of the date of employment.
UAB Medicine Tobacco Free Hiring Policy
United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE)
- USMLE Step 2: All residents with M.D. degrees, regardless of postgraduate year, must possess a passing score for both Clinical Skills and Knowledge parts of Step 2 by completion of the third month after entering residency training at UAB.
- USMLE Step 3: All residents with M.D. degrees must possess a passing score for the USMLE Step 3 by completion of the sixth month of postgraduate year two.
- COMLEX Level 2: All residents with D.O. degrees, regardless of postgraduate year, must possess a passing score for the COMLEX Level 2 by completion of the third month after entering residency training at UAB.
- COMLEX Level 3: All residents with D.O. degrees must possess a passing score for the COMLEX Level 3 by completion of the sixth month of postgraduate year two.
Alabama Medical License
All residents (graduates of American and international medical schools) must apply for and obtain an unrestricted Alabama license to practice medicine when they meet the minimum postgraduate training requirements stipulated by the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners. In addition, residents who are graduates of international medical schools must apply for and obtain a limited Alabama license no later than 18 months from the start of postgraduate training (PGY 1) and this limited license must be maintained until an unrestricted Alabama license is obtained, or they complete the program, whichever occurs first. Information on obtaining an Alabama license is found at: http://www.albme.org/.
Controlled Substances Permit/DEA Number
An Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (ACSC) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number is required in order for physicians to write inpatient or outpatient prescriptions for controlled substances. Residents may rely on the Hospital's institutional DEA number (with a unique suffix assigned to each resident) for the first 18 months of residency training, but not thereafter.
In clinical training programs where controlled substance are prescribed, each resident must register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and obtain an individual DEA number and with the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners for an Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate (ACSC) when they obtain their Alabama license, but on no event, later than 18 months from the start of their postgraduate training. A copy of the DEA number and ACSC should be sent to the Graduate Medical Education Department. Registration forms for the Alabama Controlled Substances Certificate are included with application materials for licensure, and information on federal DEA registration is found at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov
Residents in a training program where controlled substances are not prescribed are not required to obtain a DEA number or ACSC. Residents in these programs cannot use another physician’s DEA number or ACSC.