Resident Life in Birmingham



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NRMP & ERAS

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program and the Electronic Residency Application Service.


Salary & Benefit Information

UAB GME Resident/Fellow Salary & Benefit Information


Eligibility

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.

Institutional Policy on Visa Status and Eligibility for Appointment - Entry of Foreign-Born Medical Graduates to the United States 

The entry of foreign-born graduates of non-U.S. medical schools to the United States is governed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 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 USCIS.
     a) Residency program directors considering foreign-born applicants should carefully review the applicant's visa status to ensure the applicant holds a visa valid for graduate medical education [exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker (H-1B), or immigrant visa]. International medical graduates must also hold a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
     b) Residency program directors may choose which visa types to accept and must communicate it to applicants.

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.

Resident Transfer

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.

Forms

Please Note: Orientation Forms are located under Orientation tab on the left hand side of this page under "Forms to be Mailed".

Application

Initial Resident Agreement

Renewal Resident Agreement

Code of Conduct

UAB Resident Benefit Summary

UAB Employment Requirments - Mandatory Screening,
Vaccination, & Testing Policies


Physical Examination

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.


Tobacco-Free Hiring Policy - FAQs
  • For those entities which ask about tobacco use on the job application, the applicants who state on the application that they use tobacco will not be eligible for a job. They are free to apply for open positions if they quit using tobacco.
  • Applicants who test positive for nicotine use during their drug screen, but, state on the application that they do not use tobacco, will be considered to have falsified their application and will be treated according to the entity’s policies for falsified employment applications.
  • Other than applicants who have falsified their applications, applicants who test positive for nicotine during their drug screen may reapply after 60 days.
Season Flu Vaccination Policy
All UAB Medicine employees are required to receive the flu vaccine each year prior to December 15. The flu shot will be offered as part of the health screening process for all new employees. If the individual has had the flu vaccine, documentation will be required to update our records for compliance. Failure to comply will result in an initial, unpaid suspension from work up to five (5) calendar days. Failure to obtain the vaccine or an approved exemption during the five (5) day suspension will be considered voluntary resignation of employment, and faculty will lose their privileges.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening

All employees are subject to pre-employment and annual Tuberculosis (TB) screenings. 

Additional Tests & Screenings
For certain positions, employees are subject to additional screenings including Respirator FIT Testing (pre-employment, annually), and Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Supoort (pre-employment, every two years).  

 Examinations

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.

Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX)

  • 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.

Licenses

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.


Clinical Facilities

UAB Medicine

Birmingham VA Medical Center

Children's of Alabama