Medical students are encouraged to rotate through our surgical service to gain an appreciation of the wide variety of acute and chronic diseases seen at UAB Hospital. 

Participating in a visiting student rotation does not guarantee an interview with the UAB General Surgery Residency Program. In addition, individual meeting requests with the residency program director, associate program director, and department chair are unable to be facilitated. We recommend that visiting student express their interest in our program to the faculty and residents they are working with, all of whom have the opportunity to be involved the General Surgery Residency recruitment process.

For U.S.-based students interested in completing an away elective, please complete an application in the Visiting Student Application System (VSAS), the AAMC web-based application platform for visiting medical students. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact 4th-year Surgery Clerkship Director, Robert Dabal, M.D. at


  • Fourth-Year URM Visiting Medical Student Scholarship

    The UAB Department of Surgery is proud to partner with the UAB Heersink School of Medicine and the UAB Hospital Graduate Medical Education Office, in collaboration with the UAB Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to provide support for fourth-year medical students interested in participating in a four-week rotation at our academic medical center.


    • Fourth-year medical student in good standing at an accredited U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school
    • Student must self-identify as under-represented in medicine (URiM)*
    • Students must have completed all core clerkships
    • Students must have successfully passed USMLE Step 1

    Scholars Receive

    • $1,000 stipend toward travel, food and housing
    • Networking opportunities with faculty, residents and students interested in your success

    How to Apply
    Please send the following to Justin Evans, GME Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, at and 4th-year Surgery Clerkship Director, Robert Dabal, M.D., at

    Please Note: International medical school students must apply through the UAB International Medical Education Office. Questions can be directed to

    Deadline Pending - The number of students selected for visiting rotations in a clinical specialty will be strictly determined by each department. Participation in a visiting student rotation does not guarantee an invitation for residency program interview. Invitations to interview are provided at the discretion of the individual program.