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U Alabama - Birmingham
State: Alabama
Positions: 3
Years: 3
Affiliated with: University of Alabama
Average USMLE Step 1 Score of interviewed applicants: 248
Average USMLE Step 2 Score of interviewed applicants: 255
Percentage of applicants offered interviews who were AOA: 47%

Applied, Received Interview:
00008, University of Virginia, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 262
00015, University of Alabama, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 252, AOA
00080, University of Virginia, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 243, AOA
00089, Anonymous, Step 1: 255, Step 2: 252, AOA
00092, Anonymous, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253
00485, Anonymous, Step 1: 252
00491, University of South Dakota, Step 1: 225, Step 2: 256
00546, Anonymous, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 253
02674, Georgetown University, Step 1: 228, Step 2: 241
03122, University of Virginia, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 246
03863, Anonymous, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 265, AOA
03870, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 265, AOA
03874, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, AOA
13965, Anonymous, Step 1: 263, AOA
14245, Anonymous, Step 1: 260, Step 2: 249
14246, Anonymous, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 270, AOA
16941, Anonymous, Step 1: 257, AOA

Applied, No Interview:
00007, Washington University in St. Louis, Step 1: 236
00009, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 250, AOA
00138, Tulane University, Step 1: 242, Step 2: 253, AOA
00177, University of Oklahoma, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 246, AOA
00178, Anonymous, Step 1: 233, Step 2: 255
00487, University of Wisconsin, Step 1: 216
02626, University of Louisville, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 220
02671, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 243, Step 2: 247
02686, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 253, Step 2: 256, AOA
02995, Indiana University, Step 1: 245
03055, University of Texas, Houston, Step 1: 255, AOA
03117, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson, Step 1: 246, Step 2: 258, AOA
03156, Anonymous, Step 1: 249, Step 2: 262
03176, University of Louisville, Step 1: 236, Step 2: 226
03583, Anonymous, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 230
03632, Wright State University, Step 1: 211, Step 2: 236
03682, Anonymous, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 238
03837, University of South Carolina, Step 1: 244, Step 2: 261, AOA
03871, Anonymous, Step 1: 240, Step 2: 238
03945, University of Texas, Southwestern, Step 1: 238, Step 2: 254, AOA
13890, Loma Linda University, Step 1: 237, Step 2: 255
13911, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13912, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13913, Jefferson Medical College, Step 1: 251, Step 2: 251, AOA
13949, Anonymous, Step 1: 247
14009, Tulane University, Step 1: 247, Step 2: 245
14225, Anonymous, Step 1: 252, Step 2: 258
14236, Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Step 1: 248, Step 2: 246
14238, Anonymous, Step 1: 256, Step 2: 275, AOA
14243, Anonymous, Step 1: 250
14251, Anonymous, Step 1: 25

Interview Experiences
The interview day consists of a presentation by the chair/residency director, an interview with an 8-person panel, and a tour.
8 or 10:1 panel. Despite the fact that this sounds intense, this was one of the most laid-back interviews I had. Very conversational, only interested in getting to know you as a person.
A little daunting with the 10:1 panel interview but the facilities seemed nice and all of the residents were very happy to be there.
A single panel interview. Faculty was VERY nice. Wonderful dinner the night before.
Very short, you get 10-15 minutes with the interview panel and about 7 hours of sitting in a room watching a 15 minute video about Birmingham. I can't imagine how they evaluate students who did not do a rotation there.
Great! Nicest residents and faculty I came across on the interview trail. 15 min panel interview (~8 ppl). Very collegial atmosphere.
Three panels. The one with Dr. Read seemed pretty intense to me. You have a resident-buddy who accompanies you from interview to interview, and they're all great.
Three 4/5 on 1 interviews, standard interview questions
Attended grand rounds in the morning, included presentations by Dr. Girkin (chair) and Dr. Mason (retina) about the surgical volume and research opportunities in between grand rounds talks. Interviews were 3 panels of 4 faculty that lasted 15 minutes
Half day, 3 panel interviews of 3-5 faculty. Dinner the night before
WARING: the one interview date will be tactically placed on a common date, however I would strongly recommend applicants to find a way to attend. Split into AM/PM times with 3 group interviews which were laid back and conversational. The residency dinner
Program Advantages
Very friendly attendings
Very strong surgical numbers. Seemed like they were involved in procedures early on.
Surgery, Surgery, Surgery (more vitrectomies and cornea transplants supposedly available to residents than other programs).
Great surgery, great town, great (but dated) eye hospital, faculty are all friendly and approachable. Good to great reputation in the south especially
Eye ER; Facilities all right there; Great clinical and surgical experience; Great fellowship matching; Lots of research & easy to publish.
Outstanding clinical and surgical experience. Flexible for family oriented. Birmingham is actually a pretty nice town. Attend Wills review second year. Very personable staff with several well known individuals. Great for someone interested in Retina -
Large eye hospital, most clinical facilities within walking distance, good faculty, strong retina, good surgical numbers
Very well rounded program, great surgical numbers, research tract option, good match
Strong retina program with amazing faculty and lots of research. Ridiculously high surgical volume (10k surgeries last year). 200+ cataracts. Private practice feel with clinic. Protected 5 week research block optional.
- Eye ED - in house call first year, post call days off - clinical and research tracks - excellent surgical numbers - all training sites in one location, within walking distance - Birmingham is a decent medium-sized city
Best kept secret in ophthalmology. Eye ER which requires residents to be in-house call during 1st year (advantage is having a post-call day). Largest number of ophtho-specific ORs in Callahan which were just renovated (17 in total). Ridiculous surgical nu
Program Disadvantages
Eye ER that requires q5 in-house call your first year.
In house call, eye ER (plus or minus)
Eye ER can be a good or bad thing
q5 in house call first year.
In house call q5 first year. However, the upper levels all seem very supportive and willing to come in at the first sign of a problem.
Great learning experience, but some are discouraged by q5 inhouse call as PGY2.
Didactics are not a premium.
Most residents are from the deep South. Birmingham.
Maybe not as reputable as other programs, but still well regarded IMO
Birmingham is decent. Looks a little old but there are definitely things to do. Surprised this program isn't ranked.
- Eye ED (pro and con) - didactics aren't the strongest
For some reason this program is much better than it's ranked. Research is not the emphasis. Birmingham downtown appeared a little bit run down and old. Also this program very much prefers applicants from certain med schools in the south (LSU, MUSC).