|The major purpose of the programs at all three campuses of the UASOM is to contribute to the education of the "undifferentiated physician," one who is competent at the basic level to apply appropriate knowledge, skills, and judgment to identifying patients' problems and develop treatment plans. This education is enriched by an orientation toward, and skill in, primary care and community medicine.
Students finishing at the Tuscaloosa program are prepared to enter graduate training in any of the various fields of medicine. Each medical student who receives part or all required clinical training in Tuscaloosa is enrolled in, and receives the M.D. degree from, the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
All medical students
complete the first two years of medical school on the Birmingham
All UASOM students complete the same undergraduate medical curriculum requirements for the M.D. degree. Below are the specific requirements for the third and fourth years:
Year 3: Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum
One unique opportunity for Tuscaloosa students is that this campus links the family medicine and rural medicine clerkships. Students work with a physician in a rural location to fulfill their family medicine clerkship. Then, choosing a health issue that affects the community in which they have been based, they conduct a community medicine project to complete the rural medicine clerkship.
Year 4: Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum