St Vincent’s East Family Medicine is a Biblically-centered, community-based family medicine residency program. We are part of St Vincent’s Health System of Alabama and affiliated with Ascension Health, one of the nation’s largest faith-based healthcare entities. We are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), having attained 5 –year accreditation status (highest level) for our most recent 3 reviews. We have been serving the Birmingham area for over 37 years.
Our main hospital teaching facility, St Vincent’s East, has approximately 300 inpatient beds, including an inpatient psychiatric facility, 4 intensive care units, state-of-the-art Cardiac and GI labs, 60,000 visit/year Emergency Department, cancer treatment center, modern radiology and nuclear medicine department and over 200 primary and specialty care physicians comprising the medical staff.
The Family Medicine Center is a 12,000 square foot facility located approximately 10 minutes from the hospital. The center is the home training site for our residents as well as medical students from multiple programs (MD and DO) and pharmacy doctoral students. The clinic includes a procedure room, lab, and x-ray facilities with the availability of multiple diagnostic studies/treatments including spirometry, ECG, audiometry, cryotherapy, biopsies, I&D’s, suturing and colposcopy. We serve a large and diverse patient population socioeconomically and ethnically with approximately 15,000 visits per year.
The faculty members of SVE Family Medicine are all board-certified physicians and pharmacists who are committed to maintaining Biblical principles in their relationships with patients, peers, staff, students, and residents. It is our steadfast intent to foster an atmosphere that cultivates excellence in all areas of the resident’s life and education. We are dedicated to serving both the whole patient and the WHOLE resident.
International/Disaster Relief Elective Rotations
- 1-4 week elective credit rotations
- Program financial stipend for trip expenses
- Assistance with organization and trip preparation by experienced faculty members
- Past rotation locations include: Central and South America (Honduras, Peru, Venezuela), East and Central Asia (China, Korea, other), West/Central/North Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, other), Caribbean (Haiti, D.R., Cuba); Hurricane Katrina relief (Mississippi), Hurricane Andrew relief (Florida)
Clinical Outcomes Research
- GRADE Study (investigating the most appropriate agent to add onto pts with DM2; NIH funded, UAB administered)
- ABFM/ACT.md (investigating the possibility of using a novel EHR communication tool to simultaneously ensure completion of required QI and Part VI modules while also enhancing inter-office communication and patient satisfaction; ABFM funded and administered)
- Case Studies (various residents submit interesting cases for review and possible publication; many are dermatologic and two are currently under review by the AFP journal)
Sports Medicine Track
This unique opportunity is available for family medicine residents in training:
- Longitudinal, extracurricular experience over the three years of residency
- Sideline game experience
- Attending the Sports Medicine “game night” ER clinic
- Attend didactic sessions at the Alabama Sports Medicine Institute
- Providing services for local sporting events
Urban ministries/Service opportunities
- Partnership with several local ministries: special training in understanding the challenges and rewards of serving the underserved within an urban setting
- Christ Health Center and Hope Health Center: two separate medical practices that provide affordable healthcare including family medicine, dental services, medication management, drug assistance, and counseling services in our local community. Both practices have used a variety of ways to underwrite operational costs while offering our residents the opportunity to learn how to make serving the underserved a reality.
- M-Power acute care clinic: residents volunteer here, working alongside faculty in the only free clinic in Birmingham
- Save-A-Life: comprehensive pregnancy care ministry at which residents provide medical education to participants
- Long-standing partnership with Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy, who provide the program with two pharmacy faculty to assist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings
- Fewer than 30% of family medicine residency programs have clinical pharmacists as part of their program (and we have two!)
- Pharmacy faculty teach noon conferences, work with the medical team on rounds and in clinic, and offer Pharmacotherapy electives to residents allowing them to gain targeted experience in managing complex medication regimens
Our program has a long history of residents serving through medical missions all over the world. See below for details on where our residents and faculty have traveled!
Salaries - Resident Additional Benefits
$ 1,000.00 Moving allowance
$ 500.00 CME/Technology Allowance
$ 610.00 PALS, ALSO courses
$ 910.00 License costs reimbursement
$ 800.00 USMLE, Step 3
$17,775.00 Approximate Benefits Value
$ 1,000.00 CME/Technology allowance
$ 450.00 License Renewal Costs
$17,775.00 Approximate Benefits Value
Paid Time Off: 25 days which includes vacation, CME, holidays, sick time, personal days
HMO/HSA Health/Dental/Vision Insurance Plan Options
Medical Malpractice Insurance: Occurrence $1,000,000/$3,000,000 plan
Term Life Insurance
Short-Term/Long-Term Disability Insurance
Paid food allowance
Maternity/Paternity Leave per AAFP Guidelines
Lab coat allowance: Interns are reimbursed for 2 lab coats; PGY-2 , PGY-3 receive 1 additional coat
Tuition Reimbursement Plan
Employee Behavioral Health Assistance Program
Paid certification for BLS, ACLS, NRP, PALS, ALSO, ATLS
Paid membership for AAFP
In what ways does St. Vincent’s East support the residents?
We are a family at St. Vincent’s East. We desire that each resident will not only become an incredible physician, but also an excellent human being. We as a faculty are devoted to the personal and professional growth of each resident. We strive to assist residents whenever desired, but especially in the job selection process in terms of contract review, advice, and flexible interview and elective time for potential job opportunities.
How much flexibility is there in rotation scheduling?
At the beginning of each academic year, each resident has the opportunity to request certain rotations and/or time off for the year. In addition to this, 5-6 months of elective time is built into the schedule. Other accommodations are made as possible, with more senior residents receiving priority in scheduling.
What is the call frequency?
Most night call is done during the night float rotations. Apart from night float, call averages 1-2 weekends/month for interns and every other month (5-6/year) for upper levels.
What is the vacation/holiday time-off policy?
Residents are afforded approximately 25 days off which encompasses vacation, sick days, CME, personal time, holidays. However, residents also have the benefit of “extra “time off during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday schedule. Each resident has an assigned work schedule (via lottery) for the 2-week holiday time period, but is allowed all other non-working days as paid time off.
How will my family fit in?
We value family and strive to ensure that each resident can build and nurture those relationships during residency. The residents gather regularly outside of work for birthdays, Birmingham Barons baseball games, other sporting events, dinners, and more. Approximately once per month, an attending will host a gathering at his or her home for all of the residents and their families.
What procedures do residents learn?
Office-based dermatological procedures including skin tag removal, cryotherapy, and excisional/shave/punch biopsy; Colposcopy; Spirometry; Toenail removal; Casting/Splinting; Incision & Drainage, Suture/Laceration repair; Joint and Trigger Point Injection. Optional procedures, if interested, include Colonoscopy, Exercise Stress Testing, Central Line Placement, Chest Tube Placement, Thoracentesis, Lumbar Puncture, and Ultrasound. All residents are required to be proficient in intubation and ACLS certified to run the Code Blue Team. Also, all residents learn newborn circumcision, 1st-assist Cesarean-section surgeries, low risk obstetrical deliveries, and 24-48hr ventilator management.
What is there to do in Birmingham?
Birmingham is a wonderful city to work and live in! Please visit www.meetthemagiccity.com for information on all there is to see and do here.
Does being a community based program mean that you are less “academic”?
We strive for academic excellence and place a high priority on evidence-based medicine. We have monthly “EBM” conferences where a clinical question is posed and answered by the available literature. We have nationally and internationally recognized speakers for resident lectures as well as biweekly hospital CME grand rounds. Our proximity and relationship with UAB ensures we have access to world-renown teachers and researchers. Our clinical pharmacy faculty present weekly lectures on the latest in pharmacological therapies, and assist our residents in point of care literature searches. Each resident will participate in a quality improvement project during residency, and ample opportunity for research, poster presentations, and article submission for publication is provided.