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The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency prepares physicians to provide excellent care in family medicine. Our ACGME-accredited program provides post-graduate medical education necessary for board certification in and the professional practice of family medicine, and prepares physicians to be leaders in their communities.

Pre-Application Checklist

  • You must be a graduate of LCME-accredited or AOA-accredited medical school
  • You must complete USMLE Steps I and II and Step II Clinical Skills with a passing score on your first attempt
  • Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter

Application Process

  1. Apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS); we cannot review your application until all required materials are submitted
  2. Review of applications begins when ERAS goes live. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application through ERAS by December 15
  3. Wait for a request from us for an interview; all invitations to interview will be extended through ERAS
  4. Interview at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency 
  5. Move to Tuscaloosa and begin your residency

Program Requirements

Minimum scores for all applicants are as follows:

  • Step 1 – PASS (first attempt)
  • Step 2 CK – PASS (first attempt)
  • Step 2 CS – PASS (first attempt)

Note: In accordance with the examination requirements of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, applicants who have attempted to pass Steps 1, 2, and 3 a combined total of more than 10 times are not eligible for a medical license and will not be allowed into the residency.

To be considered for The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, applicants must be graduates of LCME-accredited or AOA-accredited medical schools, meet our program requirements, and must have graduated within the last five years from a medical school recognized by the World Health Organization. If the date of graduation is more than five years ago, applicants must have been in clinical practice since that time. US clinical experience is not required.

Applicants must apply through the ERAS; our residency is listed as Tuscaloosa College of Community Health Sciences on ERAS. We only accept the Common Application Form designed by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It is not required at the time of application, but international medical graduates must obtain ECFMG certification. Applications will not be considered if they are faxed or emailed.

A transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a dean’s letter must be submitted. The three letters should comment on the applicant’s medical knowledge, clinical judgement, and character.

Applications will be received and reviewed by our Recruiting Committee, and those chosen for interviews will be contacted through ERAS. Please note that meeting the minimum requirements of the program does not guarantee an interview.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program and abide by its rules and regulations.


Visa Requirements

We do not sponsor visas; our program accepts J-1 Physician Visas sponsored by the ECFMG. Please note that you do not need a visa to apply.