Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Combined Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

The University of South Alabama offers a four-year residency program for combined training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Training occurs in a friendly learning environment within the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Program graduates are prepared to enter both specialties in a variety of settings including community-based primary care, hospitalist, academic clinician educator and subspecialty fellowship training.

Pediatric training occurs at USA Health Children's & Women's Hospital, a free-standing facility dedicated to providing quality care to the children and women of the Gulf Coast area. Internal Medicine training occurs primarily at the USA Health University Hospital, an academic tertiary referral center.

Please take a moment to explore our site and learn more about our program.

 

▼   Program Overview

Dr. Grace Hundley with residents Residents in our program complete 24 total months of pediatrics and 24 total months of internal medicine. Residents alternate every 3 months between University Hospital and Children's & Women's Hospital. Thus, a resident starting on pediatrics in July will switch to internal medicine in October and back to pediatrics in January.

Med-Peds residents participate in the clinics of both categorical programs. Med-Peds residents have clinic twice weekly on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Residents will be assigned to have Pediatric clinic on Monday afternoon and Internal Medicine clinic on Wednesday afternoon or vice versa. This assignment will be consistent throughout the entire 4 years of residency.

Most years, our program will accept 2 combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric residents.

▼   Fellowships

For residents interested in pursuing post-residency training, the Internal Medicine Department has three 3-year fellowship programs available in the following subspecialties:

At this time, there are no fellowship programs available in the Department of Pediatrics.

▼   Educational Program

The Med-Peds Residency educational program includes structured combination of clinical and elective rotations as well as internal medicine, pediatrics, and interdepartmental conferences.

Clinical Rotations

Rotations by Program Level

Below is the curriculum that Med-Peds residents complete during the training program The curriculum meets all requirements set forth by the ACGME for Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric residency programs.

Legend:
MC Ward - USA Health University Hospital Internal Medicine wards
MC ICU - USA Health University Hospital ICU rotation
MIMC - Mobile Infirmary Medical Center wards 

  R1 R2 R3 R4
MC Ward 2 3 2 1
MC ICU 1   1  
Med ER 1      
Med Subspecialty 2 3 3 3
Geriatrics       1
Ped Ward 2 2 2 1
Ped ICU   1    
NICU     1 1
Newborn Nursery 1      
Ped ER 1      
Ped Subspecialty   1 2 4
Developmental-Behavioral   1    
Adolescent Medicine 1      
Ped Clinic 1 1 1  
Vacation (weeks) 4 4 4 4
Call (average interval in days) 4 5 7 8

Elective Rotations 

In addition to the same electives that are available to all categorical residents in both programs, Med-Peds residents at USA have the option of taking combined Internal Medicine-Pediatric electives. As credit is awarded as a half month on both internal medicine and pediatrics, these combined electives must be taken in even numbers (i.e. a resident cannot take just 1 or 3, must take 2 or 4).

Some options that are available are:

  1. USA Healthy Lifestyles Center - A clinic based on the pediatric side that focuses on pediatric obesity and management of its comorbidities. Although the patients may be young, their medical issues are decidedly adult in nature.
  2. Combined Med-Peds Subspecialties - Residents spend equal time in both Adult and Pediatric subspecialty clinics and inpatient consult services. Options include Allergy-Immunology, Endocrinology, Cardiology among others. If a resident is interested in a combined elective in a subspecialty that is not yet available, one could likely be created
▼   Conferences

Med-Peds Conferences

All Med-Peds residents attend the monthly Med-Peds Conference, which provides a great way to connect with other Med-Peds residents who you may not see regularly. Each meeting has a business component and an educational component, and each resident organizes this conference once during the year. Also, there is a Med-Peds board review held monthly.  

Internal Medicine Conferences

While on Internal Medicine rotations, the following conferences are provided:

  • Morning Report: 8:00 - 9:00 AM, Mon - Wed & Fri
  • Grand Rounds: 8:00 - 9:00 AM, on Thursday
  • Noon Conferences: Noon - 1:00 PM, Mon - Wed
  • Tumor Board: Noon - 1:00 PM, on 2 Thursdays Monthly
  • Board Review: Noon - 1:00 PM, on 2 Thursdays Monthly
  • MedPath Conference: Once Monthly
  • Journal Club: Noon - 1:00 PM, once Monthly

Pediatrics Conferences

While on Pediatrics rotations, the following conferences are provided:

  • Morning Report: 8:00 - 8:30 PM, Mon-Fri
  • Grand Rounds: Noon - 1:00 PM, on Tuesdays
  • Noon Conference: Noon - 1:00 PM, on Thursday & Friday*
  • Tumor Board:  Noon - 1:00 PM, on 3rd Wednesday
  • Journal Club: Noon - 1:00 PM, on last Thursday

*Friday noon conferences are part of the "Core Curriculum."  Each month, a core curriculum topic is assigned, which rotates through the curriculum and is designed to be completed every 12 - 15 months.

▼   How to Apply

We accept applications only via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the Association of American Medical Colleges. All positions are filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). We are pleased to accept applications from graduates of US medical schools, and applicants are requested to submit at least 3 letters of recommendation through ERAS.

Interviews are coordinated through Ms. Rita Harper, Med/Peds Residency Program coordinator.

We are happy to provide lodging for applicants who interview. On most interview days, we will arrange a dinner the night before the interview for applicants who have arrived in town in time.

Med/Peds interviews are one full day.  On a typical interview day, an applicant will attend Internal Medicine Morning Report at 8:00 a.m., followed by interviews with several USA Department of Internal Medicine faculty. After touring the USA Medical Center and USA Department of Internal Medicine ambulatory clinics, applicants will usually have lunch with residents from the Med/Peds and Pediatric  Residency Programs. After lunch, there will be a tour of the USA Children's & Women's Hospital and interviews with USA Department of Pediatrics faculty. The interview day usually is finished by 5:00 p.m.

USA Combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics Residency NRMP Program Number

Combined Medicine/Pediatrics: 1852700C0

Look for us on the free NRMP Prism app on the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, contact Ms. Marley Harris, Med/Peds Residency Program coordinator, at (251) 415-1087.

▼   Contact Information

Program Director: Grace Hundley, MD - ohundley@health.southalabama.edu
Program Coordinator: Marley Harris - mjharris@health.southalabama.edu
Address: 1700 Center St, Mobile, AL 36604
Phone: (251) 415-8586 • Fax: (251) 415-1387