University of South Alabama

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, Pulmonary, or Infectious Diseases at our institution.

*Preliminary positions are associated with Neurology and Radiology positions at our Institution.

How to Apply

Candidates with a passing score on the first attempt on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS have priority in our selection process. Positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

A complete application consists of:

  • Current Photograph (required)
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE
  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores
    • Step 1 score is required with submission of your initial application.
    • Step 2 CS and CK scores are required prior to the deadline for submission of the rank list.

All ERAS applications are reviewed and invitations to interview will be extended via email to those selected.

All residents must pass a criminal background check before they are allowed to start work at the University.

Requirements for International Medical Graduates

Candidates must pass Step 1 and Step 2 on first attempt with a minimum score of 219 prior to applying to the program. Candidates must also have 3 months of clinical (hands on) experience in the United States. Observation does not count. Other requirements include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Must have ECFMG Certification before applying
  • Graduated within the last year
  • Applications are accepted only through ERAS.
  • We do not accept applications by phone, fax or email.
  • Applications are accepted until December 31.

We sponsor J1 Visa only. Please do not submit an application to our program if you require any other type of Visa.


Monthly Rotations for Categorical and Preliminary Interns        

  • 6 Ward Months
  • 1 ER Month                                               
  • 1 Float Month
  • 1 Ambulatory Month
  • 2-3 Subspecialty Months (Traditionally Cardiology Consult and Infectious Disease)
  • 1 ICU

Lecture and Educational Conferences

  • Morning Report - 4 days per week
  • Noon Conferences - 3-4 days per week
  • Thursday Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club Conference each month
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference each month
  • Board Review
  • Noon Conference
  • Med-Path Conference every other month

Typical Ward Intern Weekday Schedule

7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Check-In and Work Rounds
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Float Attending Rounds
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Morning Report / Grand Rounds
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Attending Rounds
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Noon Conference
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Stanton Road Clinic (1 half-day per week)

Call Schedule

Having 5 Ward teams consisting of 1 resident, 2-3 interns, and 3rd and 4th year medical students, our admission call is on a 5 day rotation. Call is split over two days - a short call day (7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) and a long call day (11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.). The float team consisting of one resident and one intern (responsible for cross-coverage) admits patients until 7:00 a.m., when the short call team takes over. The ward team intern is scheduled for float approximately every 8th-12th night while on the wards service.

Day 1 Short Call
Day 2 No Call
Day 3 Long Call
Day 4 No Call
Day 5 No Call* (Float Call)*

*At 8:00 p.m. one of the interns (or 4th year med students) on your team (after receiving the day off) comes in to admit patients with the float resident until 7:00 a.m., at which time the remainder of your team joins you for short call, and the cycle repeats.


One to two half-days per week all three years, except when on Float or ER rotations, are spent at the Stanton Road Clinic.

Residency Accreditation / ABIM Certifying Exam

We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


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