ROTATIONS, CURRICULUM AND ELECTIVES

The teaching and supervision of family medicine residents is primarily the responsibility of the College’s large, full-time faculty. These faculty members staff the Department of Family Medicine—the largest department—and the departments of Behavioral and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry/Neurology. During the three-year residency, the faculty oversee resident training in both hospital and ambulatory care. To ensure adequate clinical experiences, a team-oriented call schedule, which leaves residents free for two weekends each month, is arranged.

FIRST-YEAR RESIDENTS

First year residents also provide ambulatory care for their patient panel at University Medical Center, an on-campus medical office.

Rotations:
Family Medicine Inpatient — 8 weeks
Internal Medicine — 4 weeks
Obstetrics/Gynecology — 8 weeks
Pediatrics — 8 weeks
Surgery — 4 weeks
Geriatrics — 4 weeks
Night Float – Adult Medicine — 4 weeks
Night Float – Peds/OB — 4 weeks
Community Medicine — 4 weeks
EKG/Ventilator Management — 4 weeks

SECOND- AND THIRD-YEAR RESIDENTS

PRIMARY SERVICES

When on primary services, call is taken every other weekend. The Night Float Team covers nights.

Six elective blocks (at four weeks each) are offered. In addition to several establish elective rotations, residents can design their own elective month and/or participate in international trips.

Rotations:
Internal Medicine Hospital Service — 4 weeks
Family Medicine Hospital Service — 8 weeks
(4 weeks as PGY-2, 4 weeks as PGY-3)
OB Hospital Service— 4 weeks
Pediatric Hospital Service — 4 weeks
Pediatric Clinic — 4 weeks
Peds/OB Night Float — 4 weeks
Medicine Night Float — 4 weeks
GYN Clinic — 4 weeks
IM Clinic — 4 weeks

Required Non-Call Rotations:
Sports Medicine — 4 weeks
Psychiatry — 4 weeks
Orthopaedics — 4 weeks
Rural Medicine — 4 weeks
Practice Management/Radiology — 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine — 8 weeks
(4 weeks as PGY-2, 4 weeks as PGY-3)
Surgical Subspecialties: ENT, Opthamology, and Urology — 4 weeks
Cardiology — 4 weeks
Neurology — 4 weeks
6 Electives — 4 weeks each

VISITING ELECTIVE

The Visiting Student program at the University of Alabama School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa regional campus – prepares medical students to provide excellent care in family medicine. The focus of this program is to develop family practitioners that are committed to providing comprehensive, competent, and compassionate care for patients of all ages. Addressing the whole person and not just the illness. This program ensures that each visiting student has the opportunity to develop their competency in patient care and prepares them to assume responsible positions in their future communities. It is specifically designed for students who will be applying to our Family Medicine Residency and only students with that intent should apply for this visiting rotation.

ELECTIVE EMPHASIS

OBSTETRICS

The OB/GYN experience at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency • Tuscaloosa features a service attended by both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Medicine faculty. Opportunities exist for both ambulatory experience and inpatient experience in antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum/post-op care. The required three-month rotation in basic obstetrics and gynecology provides an extremely hands-on experience in labor and delivery and the operating room. For residents interested in practicing obstetrics, further training is available through this elective.

  • Advanced obstetrics elective curriculum is supervised by full-time faculty in Family Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
    • Typically three additional months, including high-risk OB and NICU exposure
  • Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology is available featuring:
    • Additional longitudinal training in the OB/GYN clinic and in L&D
    • Increased training in operative deliveries
    • C-section, primary and repeat
    • Open and laparoscopic tubal ligation
    • Medical and operative ectopic pregnancy management
  • Prenatal services occur at University Medical Center
  • Delivery occurs at DCH Regional Medical Center

SPORTS MEDICINE

The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency • Tuscaloosa maintains a strong working relationship with The University of Alabama Athletic Department and its team physicians and trainers. Sports medicine has always been included in the curriculum because sports-related injuries frequently are seen by family physicians.

  • Popular and productive, one-month rotation with the University’s Athletic Department is taken during the second year.
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: recruiting now

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

The practice management curriculum runs concurrently with the family medicine curriculum during the entire 36 months of residency. It features hours of personal financial counseling and more than 10 hours of a professional coding seminar. Also included are other didactics and hands-on sessions, such as setting up a mock practice, performing real cost-benefit analyses in offices visited in the two-week practice management rotation and learning early on how to conquer your accounts receivable.

PROCEDURES

Our approach to procedures is completely customizable to each resident’s goals. Opportunities exist, and elective paths can be chosen to receive extensive training in:

  • Office diagnostics (EKG, PFT, DXA, GXT/ETT, Holter)
  • Derm (cryo, shave, punch, and excision)
  • Musculoskeletal (aspiration, injection, splinting, casting)
  • OB (vacuum, forceps, cerclage, tubal ligation, C-section)
  • Gyn (Colpo, LEEP, IUD, endometrial biopsy)
  • Ultrasound (OB, general, vascular, echo)

RURAL MEDICINE

A primary goal of the The University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences, which operates The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency • Tuscaloosa, is to train physicians in the practice of primary care medicine in rural areas of Alabama and the Southeast. At present, each resident works with practicing physicians in one of three adjacent counties involved in the Rural Alabama Health Alliance.

  • The required one-month rotation in rural medicine includes:
    • Office practice
    • Rural hospital care
    • Emergency medicine
    • Occupational medicine
    • Community medicine
  • Additional elective experiences are available for additional experience in rural medicine.

INTERNATIONAL MEDICINE

Needs exist not only in the United States but abroad as well. The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency • Tuscaloosa both encourages and provides opportunity for international health electives. The full amount of elective time allowed by the ACGME and the ABFM (two non-consecutive months in each of the R2 and R3 years) is allowed for residents in good standing.