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.

▼   GMEC Well-being Subcommittee

The purpose of the GMEC Well-being Subcommittee is to promote the psychological, emotional, and physical well being of the housestaff, physician educators, and GME staff. Further, the subcommittee monitors compliance with ACGME requirements in the area of resident and fellow well being and fatigue mitigation.

▼   Well-being Resources

The GMEC Well-being Subcommittee is committed to promoting the physical, mental and emotional well being of the faculty, housestaff, 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.

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 department chair or GME program director
  • Judy Blair-Elortegui, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education, at (251) 471-7206
  • Counseling services (no cost to housestaff) through the USA Health Employee Assistance Program:
    Julie A. Graham, LPC CADC
    Phone: (251) 461-1346
  • Psychiatric Services (no cost to housestaff)
    Bayview Professional Associates, Dr. Hal Veits
    105 Montlimar Drive, Suite A-210, Mobile, Alabama
    Appointments available Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Fridays, 12 - 5 p.m.
    Phone: (251) 660-2384 (Identify yourself as a resident or fellow when scheduling an appointment.)

Well-being Resources

Physician Well-being

  1. Stress Management Tips for Healthcare Workers
  2. Mitigating Care Giver Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
  3. Mindfulness and Meditation
    1. Guided meditations
      1. Yoga Nidra 20 Minute Guided Meditation
      2. Guided Meditations from Tara Brach
    2. Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity Guide (free resources)
    3. Mindfulness and Meditation apps
      1. Calm
      2. Buddhify (completely free)
      3. InsightTimer (completely free with thousands of guided meditations):
      4. Liberate is a meditation app for people of color (iOS | Android version temporarily unavailable)
  4. Resources for Stress, Depression and Anxiety:
  5. Trouble Sleeping?
    • Try CBT-1 Coach. This app will guide you through the process of learning about sleep, developing positive sleep routines, and improving your sleep environment. It provides a structured program that teaches strategies proven to improve sleep and help alleviate symptoms of insomnia.
  6. Music for Stress Relief
    • There’s something for almost everyone at NPR Music.
  7. Need someone to talk to?
    • Contact the USA employee assistance program counselor:
      Julie A. Graham, LPC CADC
      Employee Assistance Program
      Phone: (251) 461-1346
  8. AMA Resources for physicians during COVID-19
  9. National Academy of Medicine Physician Well-being Resources
  10. Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19 from ACGME
  11. National Center for PTSD: COVID COACH [PDF]
  12. ACGME Resident Well-being Resources
  13. JagFIT@South well-being program
  14. "USA Daily Digest" University-wide emails
    • Be sure to monitor the USA Daily Digest emails distributed via your USA Health email account. Some items may apply as support services and important information for residents.
  15. USA Benefits & Wellness
  16. Wellness at South
  17. JagFIT@South
  18. The Ten Commandments of Physician Wellness by Edward J. Krall, MD
  19. Charter on Physician Well-being

Additional Resources for Families

  1. Parenting During Coronavirus
  2. Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus
  3. Educational Resources for Kids
  4. Virtual Travel: Travel + Leisure's virtual tours of famous museums
  5. Financial Well-being

Self-Screening Tools

5th Friday Celebration

“5th Friday Celebration” is an ongoing initiative sponsored by the USA GME Office and USA Health to honor those in residency and fellowship training for their dedication to patient care, USA Health and the medical field. Fifth Friday celebrations, held during months with a “5th Friday” over the course of the academic year, provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to interact and celebrate their contributions to our health system.

Fifth Fridays at USA Health

▼   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
▼   Visiting Student URiM Diversity Scholarship Program

Visiting Student URiM Diversity Scholarship Program

The University of South Alabama, Office of Graduate Medical Education is sponsoring the Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Diversity 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 $2000 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and incidental expenses. It is available for eligible rising MS4 students who wish to rotate as a visiting student in our GME Programs from underrepresented backgrounds. The award aims to increase the number of Under-Represented in Medicine (URiM) trainees in the GME residency programs at USA. Medical students selected for this scholarship will be invited for a residency interview at USA.


  • Fourth-year medical student in good standing at an accredited U.S. allopathic/osteopathic medical school
  • Student must self-identify as under-represented in medicine by race or ethnicity (URiM - African American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian).
  • 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 available specifically for General Surgery rotations. Learn more about the Department of Surgery's Visiting Student Diversity Program

Scholar Responsibilities and Rotation Details

  • One-month rotation
  • Attendance at weekly resident didactics
  • Attendance at weekly Grand Rounds
  • Visiting students will adhere to the appropriate USA Health and USA College of Medicine COVID-19 safety protocols while participating in an elective.

How to Apply

Please send the following to Danielle Haynes, GME Institutional Administrator, at

Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.

▼   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

Jill Garcia
GME Institutional Accreditation Specialist

Danielle Haynes
GME Institutional Administrator

Laura Kessler
GME Institutional Accreditation 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: 

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