UAB is a 50-year-old comprehensive university and medical center that spans more than 100 city blocks and has over 22,000 students. It is home to a large graduate school, a world renowned health care complex, and more than 70 research centers, focusing on issues ranging from AIDS vaccines and aging to the environment, urban affairs, and telecommunications.

Rankings and Recognition

  • UAB named No. 1 young U.S. university by Times Higher Education for the second consecutive year.
  • UAB is ranked under "Best Med" of U.S. medical schools by The Princeton Review.
  • UAB Hospital is the only ACS verified Level I trauma center in Alabama and has consistently been ranked as one of the "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.
  • UAB Hospital continues to rank No. 1 in both Alabama and the Birmingham metro area. It has 6 specialties that rank among the nation’s top 50 programs, 2 of those being in the top 20, and 5 listed in the "high performing category" according to the U.S. News & World Report.
    • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – No. 32
    • Ear, Nose & Throat – No. 26
    • Gynecology – No. 47
    • Nephrology – No. 18
    • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery – No. 40
    • Rheumatology – No. 10
  • Hundreds of UAB physicians named to Best Doctors in America® list. The 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America list recognized UAB doctors from 39 specialties and 179 subspecialties, with the total number of national physicians included reflecting only 4 percent of doctors in America.
  • UAB took top honors in three Parents' Choice Award Categories and received runner-up accolades in four categories (Best Fertility Specialist, Best Birthing Suites, Best Women's Health Hospital, and Best Hospital Which to Give Birth) for a total of seven wins.
  • UAB Hospital was recognized as a “center for excellence in nursing” in 2002. It is the first and only hospital in Alabama to earn Magnet recognition. Recertification was awarded in 2006, 2011, and 2015. UAB Hospital is only the 12th hospital worldwide to receive fourth consecutive Magnet designation for nursing.
  • The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a five-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and South Carolina. UAB's cancer services are routinely recognized as being among the nation's best.

Diversity, Economic Impact

Learn more about what makes UAB stand out.

  • The UAB Women and Infants’ Center (WIC), which opened in February 2010, is a $140 million facility. The facility, freestanding at over 400,000-square-feet, has 13 maternity evaluation rooms, 17 labor and delivery rooms, 18 antepartum beds, 41 postpartum beds, 4 Cesarean-section OR suites, and 30 beds for gynecology and gynecologic oncology patients

 WIC Features: 

  • Neonatology:
       - 57 CCN bassinets
       - 56 RNICU bassinets
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology:
       - 13 obstetrical evaluation rooms
       - 17 labor and delivery rooms
       - 18 antepartum beds
       - 41 postpartum beds
       -  4 Cesarean-section ORs
       - 40 well baby bassinets
       - 30 beds for GynOnc and complex medical/surgical Gyn services
       - Reserved patient parking in advanced stages of pregnancy/labor
  • UAB now has 3 robots that the OB/GYN residents are specially trained on in gyn oncology, benign gynecology, urogyn, and REI. Upon completion of their residency, each resident will receive official robotic certification.

Resident Life in Birmingham 
Watch this video and get a glimpse into Birmingham life as a resident!

Birmingham, the Magic City, is the metropolotian and business center of the state of Alabama. The city features incredible food, drinks, indoor/outdoor activities, and so much more!

  • Food & Drink
    • Birmingham is home to four James Beard award winning chefs, Frank Stitt (owner of Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega Restaurant and Chez Fon Fon), Chris Hastings (owner of Hot & Hot Fish Club), Rodney Scott (owner of Rodney Scott's BBQ), and Dolester Miles (pastry chef at Highland's Bar and Grill).
    • Birmingham is also home to the infamous Saw’s BBQ, Sunday brunch staple Trattoria Centrale and a plethora of food trucks.
    • Growth abounds in Birmingham. The Parkside area that flanks UAB Hospital is growing rapidly with new shopping, dining, and residential facilities opening now.
    • You will never go thirsty thanks to Good People, Cahaba, Back Forty, Trim Tab, and Avondale Brewing Companies that serve up cold, delicious craft brews.
  • Venues, Art, & Entertainment
    • The city’s musical venues (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, BJCC, Iron City, etc.) cater to all your preferences, and have hosted artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Eric Church, Phish, Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Eric Clapton and Luke Bryan.
    • Birmingham hosts Sloss Fest, an annual summer music festival held in July on the grounds of Sloss Furnances. The 2016 line-up included Death Cab for Cutie, Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne and the Flaming Lips.
    • Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival is held annually in late August and showcases new and independent films with a special spotlight on Alabama filmmakers.
  • Outdoors
    • The Birmingham Barons opened Regions Field in April 2013, one of the best minor league ballparks in the entire country.
    • You can always find something to do outdoors, with Red Mountain Park, Oak Mountain State Park, The Rotary Trail, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, the Vulcan, Cahaba River and Railroad Park.
    • You can also visit the Birmingham's Pepper Place Farmer's Market. A popular attraction every Saturday morning starting in the Spring and continuing through fall. Enjoy live music, fresh food, art displays, and more.

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