Our Residents, Past and Future

Birmingham is a green city, but it is broken up into many smaller 'villages' around the downtown area. All of these have their own little personalities. Some are better for daytime shopping and hanging out. And others are more for the nightlife...you won't be disappointed.
-Greg Black

Medical Schools Represented  
  • UAB
  • LSU - New Orleans
  • University of Tennessee
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Ohio State University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of South Alabama
  • Emory University
  • East Carolina University
  • University of Florida
  • Duke University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Medical College of Georgia
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Tulane University
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri-KC
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Texas-Houston
  • University of Texas-Southwestern
  • University of Utah
  • Vanderbilt University
  • West Virginia University
Where They Go

Over the last ten years our graduates have in some ways reflected trends of national Med-Peds cohorts—And have exceeded trends other ways. For example:

  • A slightly higher percentage of our graduates pursue fellowship training (national avg ~22%; UAB average 45%) - the most popular of which have been pediatric cardiology (GUCH care) followed by combined infectious disease and pediatric intensive care.
  • A slight majority of our graduates are currently in private practice. However a significant amount have chosen to stay in the academic environment. (national avg ~25%; UAB average ~40%)
  • The overwhelming amount of our graduates are seeing both children and adults in their current practice of medicine. (national avg ~82%; UAB average 90%) A few (~7% each) chose either medicine or pediatrics alone.

EDUCATION AND DIVERSITY

One of the strengths mentioned previously was diversity. This is true not only of the various training environments in which our residents work, but also of the patient problems that are encountered during a single, month-long rotation.

The two main hospitals (University Hospital for medicine and Children's Hospital for pediatrics) serve as tertiary referral centers for the entire state of Alabama and surrounding areas. This gives our residents exposure to diseases and situations during a "general" ward month that a private, community-based physician only rarely sees.

We believe these encounters help prepare a resident for their future in which they are likely to be faced with difficult clinical scenarios. During your interview, a list of recent illnesses seen from general rotations will be provided so that you may begin to appreciate the breadth of exposure offered at UAB. You may view a previous list under the "Wards" section as well.

Boards

    • Our graduates tend to do very well on the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examinations.
    • On the ABIM, >95% of our graduates passed on the first attempt. Currently all of our graduates who have attempted the exam have passed. (Only one person in the history of the program failed the first attempt and passed on the second.)
    • On the ABP, again, >95% of our graduates passed on the first attempt. Currently all who have attempted the exam have passed. (Only two people in the history of the program required more than one attempt.)

These facts likely reflect the overall quality of our residents as much as they demonstrate the quality of the training they receive in our program. In either case, we are proud of our residents and their accomplishments.

Private Practice

The private practice environments in which our graduates work are quite diverse, ranging from solo-practice ambulatory care in a small town (pop. ~4000) to a hospitalist in a major metropolitan city. Several have formed their own Med-Peds groups and are frequently looking for new partners to join the practice.

We're happy to assist our graduates in any way to create or find their ideal job.