FAQ

What is the call schedule like for residents?

Our program is on a night float system. Our day team residents on primary services work from AM rounds, typically 5 or 6 am until 5 PM during weekdays. This includes an upper-level resident and intern on our 2 FM inpatient teams and an upper level and intern on both our pediatrics and OB/GYN services. Night float is from 5 pm until 7 am and is cross-covered by an upper level and intern for both the FM/IM services as well as the Peds/OB services. Interns and PGY-2s are required to do one month each of medicine night float and Peds/OB night float per year. Interns and upper-level residents on primary services take call two weekends a month, allowing two weekends and holidays off.

What is your inpatient service like? What is your outpatient experience like?

Our program has a strong inpatient component. We have an active inpatient service allowing for high-level care of our patients. This includes a thriving critical care component with open ICUs. Our typical inpatient census is 10 to 12 patients for each FM team. DCH Regional Medical Center—our training hospital— is a 583-bed acute-care hospital that includes four ICUs, the second busiest ED in the state, as well as peds and specialty services.

We are currently the largest group practice in the city of Tuscaloosa. University Medical Center, our outpatient clinic, is home to not only family medicine but separate clinics for Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Sports Medicine and Psychiatry. We routinely see acute care, urgent care and chronic health issues in the same day. Procedures include dermatological procedures, joint injections and EKG stress tests routinely. In a half-day clinic, interns will see two to three patients, PGY-2s will see eight to 10 patients and PGY-3s will see 10 to 12.

What are your didactics like?

The program fosters a learning environment. Residents meet every Tuesday afternoon from 12:15 to 4:15 for lectures and workshops from specialists in their respective fields. Additionally, we have a traditional morning report on the inpatient services at least three days a week. Journal Club is held monthly during Tuesday didactics as well. Formal didactics are supported with numerous resources including online courses and modules.

What are the pay and benefits?

Please review the benefits we offer here.

What is life like for residents in Tuscaloosa?

Learn more about the tight-knit community we offer our residents here.

Do you have a graduation cut off?

Applicants must have graduated within the past 5 years prior to the start date of residency. If the graduation date was more than 5 years ago, the applicant must have remained in clinical practice since that time (preferably in the U.S., though it is not required). Observerships and externships are helpful, but they do not replace clinical practice.

What are your USMLE/COMLEX requirements?

Applicants must have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS (or the COMLEX equivalents) on their first attempt with a minimum passing score in order to be considered for an interview. Step 2 CS must be passed prior to the Rank List deadline.

Does your program accept International Medical Graduates?

Yes

Does your program sponsor visas?

No. Our program accepts J-1 visas sponsored by the ECFMG.