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Cover Note: The University of South Alabama College of Medicine

O'Brien, M Margaret JD, MD

Cover Note

Associate Dean of Student Affairs, University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Mobile, Alabama, on the Gulf Coast, was the home of the Medical College of Alabama from 1858 to 1920. The College then moved northward to Birmingham, Alabama, leaving Mobile and lower Alabama without a college of medicine. In 1969 the Alabama Legislature established the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine in Mobile. Twenty students comprised the first graduating class from USA College of Medicine in 1976. Since that time, USA College of Medicine has produced 1,663 graduates. The Medical Science Building on the USA campus (shown on the cover) was dedicated in 1974, and it is the site for the basic science curriculum in the first two years of medical school, the PhD programs, and the myriad of research undertakings.

In the USA health care system students pursue their clinical studies at three hospitals: The USA Medical Center, Children's and Women's Hospital, and Knollwood Hospital. The USA Medical Center is the home of the regional burn and trauma centers. Children's and Women's Hospital is the regional referral center for neonatology, pediatrics, and high risk obstetrics, and Knollwood Hospital houses a regional stroke center.

Under the leadership of Dr. Robert A. Kreisberg, the USA College of Medicine recently established the USA Cancer Research Institute and the Center for Lung Biology. These two undertakings underscore the commitment to medical research at the USA College of Medicine. The main focus of the USA College of Medicine is the education of future physicians with an emphasis on primary care. Approximately 900 applications are received for 64 slots in each entering class. Our students experience small class size, hands-on experience, and the attention of an outstanding faculty in an historic city which is the home of an Opera Guild, a double A baseball team, and a Mardi Gras tradition.

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M. Margaret O'Brien, JD, MD

Associate Dean of Student Affairs

University of South Alabama College of Medicine

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