University of South Alabama

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

USA Resident Selected as Vice Chair of AMA Resident and Fellow Section

Dr. Emile Kleyn, a second-year resident physician at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was selected as vice chair of the American Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) for Region 4 -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

Every year during the national meeting, a vote is held for the regional governing positions. “I was voted in during the 2014 meeting held in Chicago,” Dr. Kleyn said. “It was a huge honor to be selected, and I’m very excited to serve a group of energetic, bright young people.”

The responsibilities of both the chair and vice chair include informing state leaders of current and future RFS events and facilitating communication between the local, regional and national RFS leaders, as well as coordinating and presiding over the regional meetings. See more...


Our program is a medium-sized, University-based residency program that emphasizes a general internal medicine approach to patient care and teaching. The goal of our training program is to provide the knowledge and experience needed to practice internal medicine of the highest quality. This goal is accomplished by offering a broad range of experiences in general internal medicine and its subspecialties. Our program is designed to be flexible to enable one to prepare to enter practice as general internists or to enter subspecialty training. A four-year combined Medicine/Pediatrics program is also available.

The Department of Medicine offers three-year categorical positions, four-year combined Medicine/Pediatrics positions, and one-year preliminary positions. These programs are designed to prepare the resident to enter a primary care practice, academic medicine, fellowship training, or to enter a residency program which requires a preliminary year of training. Our training program is small and friendly, providing an atmosphere where housestaff and faculty interact at a level seldom experienced in larger programs.

For the PGY-1 level, there are fourteen positions in the categorical Internal Medicine program, two positions in the Medicine / Pediatrics program and six one-year preliminary positions.* Graduates have the opportunity to do fellowships in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, or Pulmonary at our institution.

*Preliminary positions are associated with Neurology and Radiology programs at the University of Alabama Health System.

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