Family Medicine Residency Program

 

Welcome Message

Ehab Molokhia, M.D., M.P.H.Thanks for considering a family medicine residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

We offer a remarkable experience for our residents, and we’re looking for candidates who want that experience — the opportunity to treat the whole patient, to understand the stress or support of home and family life, to accompany a patient on the journey through life.

Our Family Medicine Center is recognized as a level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). We offer our patient care in a multidisciplinary context that includes social workers, behavioral health providers and pharmacists.

We work towards being proactive instead of reactive — reminders when a vaccination or pap smear is due, help negotiating insurance concerns, a lifeline for a patient caught in domestic abuse.

While thoroughly patient centered, our residency is provided in the rich context of academic medicine, the only family medicine residency in Alabama in an academic health center. USA Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital has the only level 3 Neonatal Intensive care unit in the region. USA Health University Hospital, provides Level 1 trauma, stroke care, sickle cell care, and burn care for the entire northern Gulf Coast.

Our special strengths lie in sports medicine, women’s health and population health. Our residents have ready access to faculty and attending physicians in a wide range of specialty and subspecialty care.

Residents who want to improve care are encouraged to bring their ideas forward, as long as the goal is to improve patient outcomes. Residents work together in an atmosphere of collegiality rather than competition — an atmosphere we strive constantly to maintain.

Our family medicine residents have a 100 percent board pass rate over the past eight years. Our graduates are well prepared for the broad range of practice and the pleasant patient relationships that are fundamental to family medicine.

Most of our residents stay in the Southeast, many in Mobile — a city that’s easy to live in with the breadth of options fostered by a university presence; opera, symphony and theatre in the community; three hundred years of history; a lively downtown and a centuries-old Mardi Gras — all in an hour’s drive of the Gulf of Mexico beaches.

We invite you to consider becoming part of the USA team. And whatever your further plans, we’ll do our best to prepare you to achieve them.

Ehab Molokhia, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Director

 

▼   Program Aims
  • We strive to maintain education, research and clinical programs that are of the highest standard as measured by internal review and external accrediting entities such as the ACGME, LCME and pertinent patient care organizations.

  • We will graduate six (6) Family Medicine residents per year with competency in family medicine knowledge, skills and understanding sufficient to respond to the health needs of the public.

  • We will contribute to the medical school's objective to graduate competent medical students with the knowledge, skills and attitude specific to family medicine and an understanding and appreciation of the concept of family medicine in meeting needs of the public.

  • Residents and students who train with us will, upon matriculation, possess knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and provide medical services to the populations and communities that they serve.

  • Through our scholarly activity, we will develop and disseminate new knowledge and answers to important questions, which will contribute to better patient care and to the academic discipline of family medicine as judged by peer review.

  • We will participate in the education of the practicing family physicians on a continuing basis by participating in CME and other forms of postgraduate instruction. In the process of providing health care for patients, we will model high quality patient-centered primary care using a family medicine model.

  • We will use our resources wisely as shown by our ability to attract necessary funds and provide and administer a budget, which enables us to meet our stated goals and objectives. We will secure, develop, and maintain faculty and stay sufficient to meet personal and developmental goals.

  • We will strive to convince medical students of the value, both intrinsically and to society, and the importance of practicing personalized medical care that is characterized by the family medicine discipline. To this end, we see as our goal to have 50% of each COM class pursue advanced training in one of the primary care disciplines and at least 25% of each COM class to enter family medicine.

  • In our interaction with the broader university community, we will work towards influencing the important policies of the College of Medicine/University to reflect the departmental mission and to enable us to achieve the departmental goals and objectives.
▼   Curriculum

The focus of the curriculum is to allow the graduate the potential to practice the full range of family medicine, including obstetrics should they so choose. This is accomplished through a variety of 4 week block rotations. Evaluation and feedback are given on a regular basis through a variety of means. The first year offers an emphasis on hospital care. The second year offers a mix of hospital based and ambulatory medicine. The third year is more focused on ambulatory training.

First year

Orientation (1 block)
Family Medicine Wards (2 blocks) 
Internal Medicine Wards (1 block) 
Pediatric Wards (1 block)
ICU (1 block)
Surgery (1 block)
OB (1 block)
Newborn Nursery (1 block)
Pediatric ER (1 block)
Adult ER (1 block)
Community Medicine (1 block)

Second year

Family Medicine Wards (3 blocks)
Cardiology (1 block)
Community Medicine (1 block)
Sports Medicine ( 1 block)
Gynecology (1 block)
ICU (1 block)
OB (1 block)
Rural Medicine (1 block)
Geriatrics (1 block) 
Population Health (1 block)

Third year

Family Medicine Wards (2 blocks)
Continuity Clinic (2 blocks)
Sports Medicine (1 blocks) 
Adult ER (1 block)
Elective (6 blocks)

**2 elective rotations can be fulfilled outside of the USA Health system

PGY1 has an average one continuity clinic per week. 
PGY2 has an average of two continuity clinics per week.
PGY3 has an average of at least three continuity clinics per week.

▼   Call Schedule

PGY-1 take call 5 months out of the year and average 4 calls a month.

PGY-2 takes 40 family medicine calls per year with 4 calls per month for ten months. No FM calls are assigned during ICU or OB night float months. During ICU month, calls are every fourth day.

PGY-3 takes approximately 21-22 calls per year with an average of 2 calls or less per month over 12 months.

During an average call, the resident is expected to cover patients at both USA Health University Hospital and USA Health Children's & Women’s Hospital.

▼   Current Residents and Fellows

1st Year Residents - Class of 2023

Thomas Bateman, M.D.

Thomas Bateman, M.D.
University of Mississippi School of Medicine 

Benjamin Eisenman, D.O.

Benjamin Eisenman, D.O.
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Christopher Farzaneh, M.D.

Christopher Farzaneh, M.D.
American University of the Caribbean

 

Breanna Heard-Pinho, M.D.

Breanna Heard-Pinho, M.D.
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Elizabeth Jones, M.D.

Elizabeth Jones, M.D.
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Drumil Patel, D.O.

Drumil Patel, D.O.
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

2nd Year Residents - Class of 2022

Dylan Caggiano, D.O.

Dylan Caggiano, D.O. 
Pacific Northwest University

Srikant Charya, D.O.

Srikant Charya, D.O.
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

Cliff Gaddy, M.D.

Cliff Gaddy, M.D. 
Tulane University School of Medicine

 

Richelle Jefferson, M.D.

Richelle Jefferson, M.D. 
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Jared Jones, M.D.

Jared Jones, M.D. 
Louisiana State University School of Medicine

 

 

3rd Year Residents - Class of 2021

Emily Bustin, M.D.

Emily Bustin, M.D.
University of Mississippi

William Crittenden, M.D.

William Crittenden, M.D.
University of South Alabama

Joseph Escobar, M.D.

Joseph Escobar, M.D.
American University of the Caribbean

 

Kristy Nguyen, M.D.

Kristy Nguyen, M.D.
American University of the Caribbean

Courtney Royal, M.D.

Courtney Royal, M.D.
University of Rochester

Allison Sullivan, D.O.

Allison Sullivan, D.O.
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Pharmacy Fellow

Rachel Legg, PharmD

Rachel Legg, PharmD
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy

 
 
 
▼   Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Mobile, Alabama?

Mobile is situated in the small area of southern Alabama along the Gulf of Mexico. Mobile is the port city that sits at the top of Mobile Bay.

What are the demographics of the patient population we serve?

We have a good mix of variety in age, socioeconomic status, race, and insurance coverage.  We have a large number of pediatric patients.  We have a mix of Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and Asian patients.  We are primary physicians for a large number of hospital employees (ranging from fellow physicians to housekeeping).  We provide care for uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare, BCBS, TriCare, and other private insurances.  We also provide care for international merchant marine crews that need medical attention while in Mobile’s port.

What about hurricanes?

Hurricane season lasts June 1 to November 30.  Mobile itself is somewhat protected by geography since we are inland ~ 1hour compared to the beaches.  The hospital provides accommodations for residents during times of Hurricanes.  Our family medicine clinic is open to all of our faculty, staff, and residents and their families. Our building has withstood a category 5 hurricane in the past.  If you are not scheduled to work in the immediate time period of a hurricane, you are able to evacuate if desired.

What “extras” are provided beyond our salary (books, meals, parking, moving, etc)?

On call meals are reimbursed at a rate of $5.00/meal.  Parking is free at all locations.  There is a book stipend within the Family Medicine department, and we get a discount at the medical bookstore.  We are reimbursed for mileage for work travel.  We receive discounted service from a cellular service as hospital employees.  We are provided with embroidered white coats (3 intern year and 1/year each additional year) and scrubs.  An electronic book stipend and access to the Challenger board review course is provided.  Further details regarding insurance and moving reimbursement are available under salary/benefits section.

How does our program compare to university-based versus community-based programs?

We are officially a university-based program, but we enjoy many benefits found within community programs.  We have a small overall number of housestaff in our system.  This allows us little to no competition for patient management and procedures.  Family Medicine residents do almost all of our own procedures and manage our own ICU patients.  We know almost all housestaff personally and create good friendships with residents in all specialties.  Although many of our rotations are within the university hospital system, we spend a lot of time working in various clinics, hospitals, and areas within the community.

How well are family practitioners received by other specialties and staff at the hospital?

We know almost all housestaff personally and create good friendships with residents in all specialties.  Family Medicine physicians are well respected within our hospital and community.

How much personal/family life/family time do our resident’s get?

Intern year is traditionally more vigorous, with improvement in your schedule and available free time each subsequent year.  The 80 hour work week is strictly enforced within our institution.  Most months, you enjoy 2-3 weekends free of all responsibilities.

Where do most residents live?

The majority of residents (family practice and other specialties) live in an area of Mobile known as Midtown, located within a few mile radius of the hospitals and clinic.  Some residents live in west mobile, which is about a 20 minute drive from the hospitals and clinic.  Others live “across the bay” in Spanish Fort, Daphne, or Fairhope (all located in Baldwin County), which is also about a 20 minute drive.  Housing is affordable on a resident’s salary whether renting or purchasing.

What is the cost of living like in Mobile?

Overall cost of living is very affordable on a resident’s salary.

What are schools like in the Mobile area?

Several public and private schools are available in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.  The public schools on the Eastern Shore are some of the best public schools in the state of Alabama.

What is Mobile’s proximity to other major cities?

Driving time from Mobile to:

  • New Orleans: 2-3 hours
  • Atlanta: 5 hours
  • Birmingham: 4 hours
  • Pensacola: 45 minutes-1 hour
  • Biloxi: 30-45 minutes

Airports available: Mobile, Pensacola, Biloxi/Gulfport

What moonlighting opportunities are available?

Residents are allowed to moonlight after obtaining an Alabama license.   It is not allowed to interfere with regular residency duties.  There are opportunities to moonlight in the emergency room at our Children's & Women’s Hospital, in emergency rooms in the community, for disability physicals, urgent care, and many more.

How well do residents get along with each other?

Our residents are a very cohesive group.  We have “out of hospital” social activities at least once a month, but groups of residents often get together for dinner, movies, trips to the beach, holiday get-togethers, birthdays, etc.  We also have a weekend in the spring where residents go on retreat to Gulf Shores, Alabama.

How are resident-faculty interactions?

Our attendings are very approachable and easy going.  They work with us with a vested interest in our learning and well-being.  They are always eager to teach.

How much OB training is there?

There are two required months on the Obstetrics Labor & Delivery service. One month is covered during PGY1 year and the second month is covered during PGY2 year.  We have OB continuity patients throughout our 3 years.  If someone has a special interest in OB or plans to incorporate OB into their practice upon graduation, time is available during the 3rd year for elective rotations in OB to increase experience and skills. 

Is research required?

No, but it is an option if you are interested.

What are our surgery rotations like?

We require 1 month of surgery.  During the intern year, residents work as members of the medical center general surgery service with the surgery residents. During this rotation, residents also interact largely with an attending surgeon who specializes in breast and thyroid surgery, as well as our GI surgeons, and plastic surgeons.

Do we have resident retreat?

Yes. Each Spring, we have a dedicated 3 day, 2 night weekend retreat to the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. The retreat is paid for by the Family Medicine Residency Department.  It is a much needed break from hospital and clinical duties, as well as an excellent time to get to know each other a little better and spend time in the company of good friends. You might even get a little bit of sun too!

▼   Interview Criteria

Criteria for Candidate Interview Selection

The USA Family Medicine Residency participates in ERAS and will only consider those applicants who apply through the Match process. All applications will be screened for eligibility and qualified applicants will be offered an interview prior to the Match deadline. Preference will be given to applicants that have graduated within the past 18 months. Additional applicant qualifications are as follows:

Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications in order to be eligible for appointment at the PGY-I level:

  • Graduate (or anticipated graduation prior to July 1 of application year) of a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Graduate (or anticipated graduation prior to July 1 of application year) of a medical school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Graduate of a medical school outside the U.S: to be considered, the applicant must have a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and be have graduated from a school recognized by all 50 states.
  • Applicants must have taken USMLE Steps I and II or COMLEX: Passed (1st attempt and score of > 215 preferred). The applicant should have at least one year of continuous and current education (either medical school or post medical school) in the United States.

Applicants for all positions will be selected from among those deemed eligible on the basis of their preparedness, ability, and interest in completion of the program without regard to race, creed, gender, or sexual preference. This process will consist of review of information as outlined in the application document, dean’s letter, letters of recommendation, and personal interview. Aptitudes, academic credentials, personal characteristics, and ability to communicate will be strongly considered in the selection process. Applicants not expressing a strong interest in Family Medicine will not be considered for a PGY-I position.

We do not sponsor any visas.

If you meet these criteria, we'd love to review your application. Submit your application through ERAS. Our residency coordinator will get in touch with you to schedule your visit.

Please feel free to visit our blogs USA Family Medicine Blog with information and thoughts about medicine, teaching and residency and USA Family Medicine Facebook, your one stop for all things happening in Mobile and with our residency. We look forward to hearing from you!

▼   Contact Information

Program Director: Ehab Molokhia, M.D. - emolokhia@health.southalabama.edu
Program Coordinator: Stacey Hartman - shartman@health.southalabama.edu
Address: 1601 Center Street, 2N, Mobile, AL 36604
Telephone: (251) 434-3484 • Fax: (251) 434-3495