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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Med School Profile: University of Alabama School of Medicine


Institution Type:
Dr. Ray L. Watts

Campus Location(s):
Birmingham, Alabama (main)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hunstville, Alabama

Campus Population:

Minimum MCAT score:

Hours of Undergrad credit required:

Full-time Instate--$22,128
Full-time Out of state--$58,590

Scholarships offered:

National Ranking (US News)
Primary Care--#12
Best Research--#31

Gender Distribution

Full-time faculty to student ratio

Total Staff Count

Application Deadline
Nov. 1

Application Fee

AMCAS Application Accepted:

Host to one of only 45 Medical Scientist Training Programs in the country, giving students the unique oppurtunity to earn both an MD and a PhD in a 6-8 year time period
UAB researchers were the first to discover the key proteins in the drug known as Viagra
UAB Kidney Transplant Program is the worlds leading transplant program; also a national leader in general organ transplants
First simultaneous heart-kidney transplant was performed at UAB in 1995 by McGiffin and Laskow
UAB heart surgeon, Dr. John Kirklin, developed the computerized intensive care unit that became the model for modern ICU's around the world
UAB Aids center was the first to perform clinical trials of Idinavir, a protease inhibitor used to fight HIV

Additional Notes:
*Only US Citizens and Permanent Residents are considered for admission

The School of Medicine at University of Alabama—Birmingham (UAB) is centralized in a large university complex that spans more than 80 city blocks, with much of that space dedicated to clinical facilities, research laboratories, classrooms, and surgical suites.
Medical students in the School of Medicine get many opportunities to conduct research if they choose to do so in the summer between their first and second years of school, or after their second year, when they may take a year to do elective research either at UAB or another institution. Students at the UAB School of Medicine can earn an M.D., or joint degrees that combine an M.D. with either a Ph.D. or master of public health.
High school seniors can get a jump start on their med school ambitions by applying for the UAB School of Medicine’s Early Medical School Admission Program, which permits them to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree and M.D. The University of Alabama School of Medicine has many highly ranked specialties, including the studies of AIDS, geriatrics, rural medicine, primary care, and internal medicine.
Outside course requirements, UAB med students have many ways to advance their studies, especially through academic student organizations such as the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society. There are many other students clubs for students to join, too, including local chapters of national organizations, medical interest groups, community service clubs, and other organizations, such as the medical school’s very own vocal performing group.


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