Future Medical Students
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. Learn 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. Learn more about the University, the College of Medicine, and the Hospitals.
Throughout all four years, students are given the opportunity to participate in various student initiatives including the Preventive Medicine Team, many discipline-oriented interest groups, and the USA Student-Run Free Clinic (pictured, top). Community service, a required component of undergraduate medical education, offers medical students opportunities to volunteer in Mobile and the surrounding area. Class of 2017's Alex Kesler (pictured, bottom), participates in "Buddy Ball," a program that provides athletic activities for physically and mentally disabled young people. Not only is community service a great break from the rigors of medical school, it also allows students to learn more about the populations they serve. Learn more about USA's commitment to community service and the programs in which our students participate.
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. Learn 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. Learn 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 competitive applicants from neighboring states with the following minimum credentials:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college
- Overall GPA of 3.6 or higher
- MCAT score at or above the 70th percentile
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Scott, Director of Admissions
Jonathan Scammell, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Admissions
Peggy Terrell, Assistant to the Director
USA College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
5795 USA Drive N, Room 241
Mobile, AL 36688
Phone: (251) 460-7176
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report - The University of South Alabama publishes certain crime statistics each year as required by the Jeanne Clery Act. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings and property owned or controlled by the school, and on public property immediately adjacent to the campus. This report is available online at: www.southalabama.edu/departments/police/resources/fireandsafetyreport.pdf. You may also request a paper copy from the University Police office located at 290 Stadium Blvd.