Office of Graduate Medical Education

USA Health is changing how medical care, education and research impact the health of people who live in Mobile and the surrounding area.

Welcome to the University of South Alabama (USA) Graduate Medical Education Programs. We strive to develop the clinical competency, medical knowledge, and professional attributes of physicians, to promote the safe and effective care of patients and to advance the art of healing through quality improvement and medical research. Residents and fellows in our training programs are integrated into USA Health. Our team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, therapists and researchers provide the region’s most advanced medicine at multiple facilities, campuses, clinics and classrooms. As our institution experiences tremendous growth and development, it is an exciting time to be a part of the USA Health team!

Please review our resources for Prospective Residents and Fellows and for Current Residents and Fellows.

To learn about the USA College of Medicine's commitment to professionalism, read the Compact Between Teachers and Trainees in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences [PDF].

Judy Blair-Elortegui, M.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education


▼   USA Health COVID-19 Response

USA Health is committed to the safety and well-being of its residents and fellows as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The USA Health PPE Governance Committee with housestaff representation was established to ensure conservation and availability of PPE for all USA Health employees. We recognize the importance of strict compliance with ACGME work hours as an important component of the safety and well-being of our residents and fellows as we continue to navigate this global pandemic. The GMEC Well-being Subcommittee, which includes peer-selected residents and fellows, is focusing on building a robust institution-wide well-being program that supports all of our trainees.

▼   Graduate Medical Education Committee

The USA Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) oversees all graduate medical education training programs at USA Health. The GMEC is chaired by the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) and the alternate DIO serves as the vice-chair of the committee. The Program Directors and Associate Program Directors of the GME training programs, representative core faculty, USA Health staff, and peer-selected residents and fellows serve on the Committee. The GMEC meets on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the month of July.

▼   Well-being Resources

GME is committed to promoting the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the housestaff, faculty and staff in the GME programs at USA. We acknowledge the challenges that lead to burnout, depression and suicide, and we work to assist physicians as they strive for personal balance, professional fulfillment, and joy in their vocation. Below you will find a list of resources and contacts pertaining to well-being.

Well-being Contacts

When you feel that you need to seek support, you should reach out to one of the following:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Local Resources

  • Your program director or faculty mentor
  • Need someone to talk to?
    Contact the USA employee assistance program counselor 
    Fletcher Eaton 
    Phone: (251) 410-7664
  • Judy Blair-Elortegui, M.D., DIO and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
    Phone: (251) 471-7206
  • Psychiatric Services (no cost to housestaff)
    Student Health Center - Dr. Hal Veits
    Phone: (251) 460-7151 (Identify yourself as a resident or fellow when scheduling an appointment.)
  • If you are not able to quickly obtain a needed appointment, please reach out to Danielle Haynes in the GME Office at She can assist in coordinating appointments. 

Self-Screening Tools

5th Friday Well-being Activities

This is an ongoing well-being initiative sponsored by the USA GME Office and USA Health to promote resident and fellow well-being. Fifth Friday events take place whenever there is a fifth Friday in a month.

▼   Advancing Health Equity Scholarship Program

The University of South Alabama Office of Graduate Medical Education is sponsoring the Advancing Health Equity Scholarship for visiting students to provide support for fourth-year medical students interested in participating in a four-week rotation at our academic medical center. The scholarship includes $2,000 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and incidental expenses. It is available for eligible rising MS4 students with demonstrated interest in serving underserved communities who wish to rotate as a visiting student in any of our GME residency programs. The award aims to increase the number of trainees with experiences living or working within health disparity communities in the GME residency programs at USA Health. 


  • Fourth-year medical student in good standing at an accredited U.S. allopathic/osteopathic medical school
  • Student must be able to describe their experiences living and/or working within health disparity (underserved) communities.
  • Students must have completed all core clerkships.
  • Students must have successfully passed USMLE Step 1.

Scholars Receive

  • $2,000 stipend toward travel, food and housing
  • Matched with a resident mentor
  • Matched with faculty mentor(s)
  • One-on-one advisement with the Program Director
  • Networking opportunities with faculty, residents and students interested in your success
  • One additional $1,500 scholarship is available specifically for General Surgery rotations. Learn more about the Department of Surgery's Advancing Health Equity Program

Scholar Responsibilities and Rotation Details

One-month rotation in the following programs:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB-GYN
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Surgery
  • Urology

How to Apply

Please send the following to Amari Armour, GME institutional accreditation specialist, at

Visiting students can begin an in-person away rotation no earlier than July 22, 2024, which corresponds with Block 2 of the AY 2024-2025 M4 academic calendar. Applications must be received by June 21, 2024. Awards will be made by June 30.

▼   Call a Cab and Lactation Services for Residents and Fellows

Free Cab Service for Residents and Fellows Too Fatigued to Safely Return Home After Work

To request a cab:

  1. Call the hospital operator at 415-1000.
  2. Provide the operator your name, home address and where you would like to be picked up. (Pick up locations include USA Health University Hospital and USA Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital.)
  3. Approximately 20 minutes after your call, vouchers for your ride home and a return trip to retrieve your car will be available from the lobby staff at the hospital where you will be picked up.
  4. To retrieve your vehicle, call the number for the cab company on the return voucher and present the voucher to the cab driver when he/she picks you up.

Lactation Facility Locations

USA Health University Hospital

  • Room #455, on the 4th floor near Physical Therapy

USA Health Children’s and Women’s Hospital

  • Room #2185, near the NICU
  • Room #4161, near the Peds Tower

USA Health Strada Patient Care Center

  • 1st floor Peds waiting room

USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute

  • Room #2006
▼   Verification of Training

Verification of Training

Each residency or fellowship is responsible for its respective verifications. Please reach out to the Program Coordinator for the required program, who can be found on the list of Graduate Medical Education Programs.

For Anesthesia, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology, please contact the GME Office at or 251-471-7206.

Verifications pertaining to Doctor of Nursing Practice can be requested from the College of Nursing, and verifications pertaining to Physician Assistant Studies can be requested from the Covey College of Allied Health Professions

▼   GME Office and Contact Information

GME Office Staff

Judy Blair-Elortegui, M.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME); ACGME Designated Institutional Official (DIO); and Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee

Danielle Haynes
GME Institutional Administrator

Amari Armour
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist

Stacey Hartman
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist 

Leah Musgrove
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist

Kimberly Bonner
GME Operations Support Specialist 

GME Office Functions

  • GME Committee Meetings
  • Program Coordinator Meetings and Workshops
  • Institutional Policies
  • ACGME Accreditation
  • National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Program Letters of Agreement
  • New Innovations
  • American Medical Association GME Competency Education Program
  • Verification of Training Status

Verification of Training

The Graduate Medical Education office can assist with requests for training verifications. The turnaround time is generally 10-14 days. Requests to the GME Office can be made via the following methods: 

  • In Person: The GME office is located in the Mastin Patient Care Center (directly behind University Hospital) in Room 212. Our hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
  • U.S. Mail: Graduate Medical Education, 2451 University Hospital Drive, 212 Mastin Patient Care Center, Mobile, AL 36617-2293
  • Email:

NOTE: Programs may charge a service fee for training verification requests for alumni who completed training 5 or more years ago.