University of South Alabama

Doctor of Medicine Program 

Fourth Year Med Students at Kibogora Hospital

The Overseas Clinical Experience at Kibogora Hospital in Rwanda, Africa is a popular externship for senior USA medical students. Students receive hands-on experience directing patient care, assisting in surgical wards and performing diagnostic tests.  A team comprised of eleven members from the Class of 2014 and five USA physicians participated this year.  Pictured from the Class of 2014 are (from left):  Drs. Ben Cason, Stephanie Stopka, Tiara Murphy, Tom Scarritt and Amy Boone.

The M.D. Program at the University of South Alabama awards the Doctor of Medicine Degree, closely adhering to the message captured by the mission statement of the College of Medicine:

“Our mission is to educate and train outstanding physicians and scientists who possess humanitarian attitudes, critical thinking, and technical skills, as well as multi-cultural competence.  We are committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff, provision of the highest quality healthcare for the citizens of Alabama, and the Central Gulf Coast region, professional development of integrity, as well as inquiry and research.”

The educational design of the M.D. program is a competency-based curriculum across all four years, with the first two years of medical school comprising an integrated organ systems-based approach.  The first two years are largely taught on the main campus of the University in the Medical Sciences Building and the adjacent Active Learning Center.  More about the curriculum and the Active Learning Center  The last two years of medical school are held in the University of South Alabama Hospitals and Care Centers, as well as in offices of community physicians, and expand the students’ education in the surrounds of full-time patient care.  More about the University, the College of Medicine, and the Hospitals

During Medical School, students have the opportunity to take part in research projects in both basic and clinical science arenas.  In addition, students may participate in overseas clinical electives.  More about research opportunities and overseas clinical experiences.  Success in the classroom and on licensing examinations as well as demonstrated leadership in the clinical setting lead to success in the National Residency Matching Program.  More about our students' success at Match Day results.


Out of State Students

Although our primary obligation is to residents of the state of Alabama, we consider applicants from neighboring states who have the following minimum credentials:

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college
GPA of 3.6 or higher
MCAT score of 30 or higher

View the University of South Alabama Residency requirements.


International Students

International applicants must have Permanent Resident status in the United States.


Advanced Standing Transfers

Opportunities to transfer to our school are limited to the third year on a space-available basis.  Transfer spaces are rarely available due to a very low attrition rate.

All transfer applicants should be currently enrolled in good standing at an LCME-accredited medical school and must have a compelling reason to transfer.  Students who are attending non-LCME accredited medical schools, offshore medical schools or osteopathic schools will not be considered.

Students who believe they meet these requirements should submit a request for consideration, including school presently attending and reason for requesting transfer, to


Contact Us

Mark Scott
Director of Admissions

USA College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
5795 USA Drive N, Room 241
Mobile, AL 36688
Phone: 251-460-7176 

Jonathan Scammell, PhD
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Peggy Terrell
Assistant to the Director



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