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University of South Alabama College of Medicine
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
  • Year founded: 1973
  • ENROLLED TOTAL: 74
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University of South Alabama College of Medicine (USA)
Allopathic Medical School
Mobile
In-State Applicants Favored
  • SDN RANKING 3
  • INTERVIEW FEEDBACK 3 49 Responses
  • SCHOOL REVIEWS 3 2 Responses

Overview

Overview

School Stats

  • Resident Tuition $27,393
  • Non - Resident Tuition $54,010
  • Application Fee $75
  • AVG MCAT 509
  • AVG GPA 3.6
  • LIZZYM Score 66.0

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Admissions Information

  • Office of Admissions
  • Room 241
  • 5795 USA Drive N
  • Mobile 36688
  • United States

School Overview

School Info

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine is a vibrant and expanding center providing all facets of medical education, research and patient care. In the undergraduate medical education program, the first two years are taught primarily on the main campus in the Medical Sciences Building. The last two clinical years are spent at the University of South Alabama Hospitals and clinics, as well as in offices of community physicians.

Curriculum

The primary objective of the curriculum is to provide the student a learning framework to obtain the information and attitudes necessary for the provision of health care to our society. This begins with a thorough knowledge of the normal structure and function of the body, and progresses to an understanding of the changes in the body and mind which lead to illness. During the first two years, the student is primarily concerned with the basic biomedical sciences. To give these studies more meaning, provision is made for contact of students with patients during these preclinical years. The junior courses (clerkships) provide training in most of the basic problems with which patients present themselves. Students learn to apply scientific principles to the examination, diagnosis, and treatment of human disease. Seminars, conferences, and clinical rounds with members of the teaching staff are important in giving the student a rounded perspective of human illness. The senior program is mostly elective in order to provide each student the opportunity to choose a program best suited to his or her individual needs.

Facilities

The College of Medicine has formal affiliations with Searcy Hospital, Keesler Air Force Base Hospital and the Biloxi Veterans Administration Hospital to provide teaching facilities for both undergraduate and graduate medical education. The College of Medicine also conducts a portion of its clinical teaching activities in other health care facilities in the area. These include the Providence Hospital and the Mobile Infirmary. Physicians? offices throughout Mobile and rural areas of Alabama are also important sites for education of medical students and residents.

Interview Feedback

Interview Feedback

Results Overview

How did the interview impress you?

Response # Responders
Positively 46
Negatively 1
No change 0

What was the stress level of the interview?

Response Avg # Responders
2.80 49

0 = low, 10 = high

How you think you did?

Response Avg # Responders
8.13 38

0 = low, 10 = high

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What are your suggestions for the admissions office?

"With such an emphasis on a low-stress interview day, perhaps offer 2 open/1 closed file interview." More from this Member | Report Response

"None" More from this Member | Report Response

"Get rid of snail mail... Takes too long." More from this Member | Report Response

"Create an online student status and application system" More from this Member | Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Why do you want to be a physician?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you want to know about South?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why would you like to attend South Alabama?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What specialties are you considering going into?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why South?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What classes did you like/dislike?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why med school and not public health?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you believe that macroevolution continues to occur?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you could change one thing about healthcare what would it be?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go to medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor (how standard could that be)?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you were accepted into USA but you could not start for 5 years, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think the biggest problem in healthcare is and how would you fix it? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What was your favorite class as an undergrad?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think are some problems in healthcare?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if you were accepted into medical school, but could not begin for five years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Based on your experience, what is the greatest problem facing healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why South? (especially since I was out of state)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Are you sure you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Abortion" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? Are any of your family members doctors?" More from this Member | Report Response

"why do you want to become a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor? What is your medical experience? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about yourself? What do you like to do in your spare time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What's your best quality/worst quality?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What books have you read?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would you do if your 34 year old patient was pregnant with a child with life threatening birth defects?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What motivates me?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you do in your free time?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your study habits?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What should I tell the admissions committee about you tonight?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why medicine? What do you think will be the most difficult part of medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What book have you read recently?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to be a doctor?" More from this Member | Report Response

"How did you prepare for the MCAT?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research" More from this Member | Report Response

"Why do you want to go here?" More from this Member | Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What have you been reading lately?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is one of the challenges in healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Roleplaying exercise: I am a busy single mother bringing her obese teenaged daughter in for a checkup. You are the doctor. Show me how you would inform us of our health issues." More from this Member | Report Response

"What are your hobbies?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If you couldn't go to medical school, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"how would you attack the epidemic of childhood obesity?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Questions about my family and their influence on me..." More from this Member | Report Response

"If a woman brought her extremely overweight son to you and you could tell he was very unhealthy and at risk for diabetes, as well as other diseases, what would you do to help?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is my favorite book?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Would you rather be the President or Vice-President of a country?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Nothing too interesting. The usual, why do you want to come to med school, etc." More from this Member | Report Response

"You found out a pregnant woman has ovarian cancer. If you start treatment now, the baby will die, if you don't treat, the mother will die. What do you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What would be something that could make you lose your cool in medical school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"If I could keep you out f medical school for the rest of your life, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Where exactly in the Constitution does it guarantee a basic right to healthcare?(this was prefaced by me saying that I thought the biggest problem in healthcare was a lack of universal coverage)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Who would you eat dinner with and why?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Asked sort of obliquely about my views on abortion. I indicated that I'm interested in women's health so the interviewer wanted to make sure I'd thought about reproductive rights issues that may come up in practice. " More from this Member | Report Response

"Name this structure (the interviewer drew an organic chemistry structure); if you were the attorney general what would you do." More from this Member | Report Response

"Is there anything that could make you fail in medical school? AND If I had the power to keep you out of all the medical schools in the world for the rest of your life, what would you do?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is the last book that you've read and why did you pick to read it?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your research. (nothing really too interesting)" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you want to see a tumor? (I was interviewed by a pathologist.)" More from this Member | Report Response

"I was asked about the Dignity with Death act." More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you feel about abortion and cloning?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think is the biggest problem facing healthcare today?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What were the similarities between the cultures of Kenya and Mexico that I noticed during my medical outreach trips?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What is your opinion of assisted early death?" More from this Member | Report Response

"To talk about my hobbies." More from this Member | Report Response

"How would you fix the situation at USA Medical Center in that it is running a large deficit by seeing indigent patients without health insurance, and is in jeopardy of closing?" More from this Member | Report Response

"My role model? My accoplishment I am most proud of? " More from this Member | Report Response

"What type of music are you listening to? What's in your CD player right now? ( happened to talk about musical interests during the conversation)" More from this Member | Report Response

"What do you think about marriage in medicine?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do I speak Japanese? " More from this Member | Report Response

"Why did you choose your undergraduate school?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What brought your family to Alabama from California?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What has been my greatest disappointment in life?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Since HIV/AIDS is a preventable disease in most cases, how do you feel about public money going towards HIV/AIDS patients?" More from this Member | Report Response

"What are you feelings on euthanasia?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Do you feel abortion should always be available as an option, in limited circumstances, or never at all?" More from this Member | Report Response

"Tell me about your family. " More from this Member | Report Response

"questions about 9-11-01" More from this Member | Report Response

"Most were very conversational." More from this Member | Report Response

"Mostly about my military background and how that related to 9-1-1." More from this Member | Report Response

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Individual Responses

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School Reviews

School Reviews

Results Overview

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 2

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 2

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
10.00 2

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.00 2

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Select Questions & Recent Responses

What do you like most about this school?

"The independence they encourage and foster." | Report Response

"Most of the actual physicians here are excellent professors. The curriculum has been completely redesigned for the new classes and I have heard good things about it so far. The new simulation labs are top-notch and very well facilitated. The clinical teaching staff (physicians, nurses, PAs, etc) are amazingly dedicated and knowledgeable, during the few opportunities you have during MS1 and MS2 to escape the misery of PhD education. If you are an MD/PhD applicant, then you will probably love this school (and my hat is off to you). If you want to become a physician and actually learn medicine (and eventually treat patients), then you will hate everything about this place." | Report Response

What do you like least about this school?

"The hospital and facilities are from state of the art. If that's a deal breaker, would avoid." | Report Response

"The majority of professors at this school are PhDs (and all that this implies). To say that these people are out of touch with modern clinical medicine education would be a gross understatement. If you want a PhD oriented education without an actual PhD to show for it, then you should absolutely apply here. The new curriculum may be better implemented, but bear in mind that the same people teach it (i.e. non-physicians). If the administration simply replaced the PhD staff with actual physicians, the vast majority of education issues here would be resolved. Unfortunately, the administration is also comprised almost exclusively of PhDs (the Dean of Medicine is a PhD, for example)." | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"In recent years more and more clinical and basic science faculty have been interacting and collaborating both for teaching and research. This has helped make the transition to the new curriculum a relatively smooth one. You will be inundated with basic science in the first 2 years as per norm however in the new curriculum you now recieve ample instruction on how this information relates clinically. Conversely in your clinical years you will now have to recall basic science. This all reflects where the NBME has gone in constructing the step exams." | Report Response

"There are a few excellent professors here (and they are all actual physicians). Unless you are an MD/PhD applicant, avoid this school like the plague." | Report Response

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