Family Medicine for the Real World: Training to serve Christ with excellence


...a tradition of faith and care

to the under-served;

In over 37 years, more than 160 physicians have been trained in Family Medicine earning the respect of medical staffs, patients, and communities over many states. From Florida to Washington, our graduates practice in a wide variety of clinical settings: rural and urban, solo and group, inpatient and outpatient, academic and community-based.  However, many graduates remain in Alabama as they have found the ingredients of a fruitful and fulfilling career…an outstanding education; commitment to the highest quality medicine; a tradition of faith and care to the under-served; a wealth of medical resources; a strong patient base and following; and an incomparable life that only a city like Birmingham can offer.

Dr. Barney Sims, MD

10 Reasons to Choose SVE for Your Family Medicine Training

1. Christ-Centered Calling
- Biblically-based values, ethics, and leadership
- Consistent Missional Involvement in Community and International Service with full program and faculty support (***MAP LINK: where we’ve served on missions)
- Vibrant local spiritual community with limitless opportunities for involvement in worship, mentoring, discipleship, and service

2. Continuing Excellence
- 5 year ACGME accreditation for 3 consecutive cycles (the highest level achieved)
- Medical (MD and DO) and Pharmacy student core teaching site
- Access to over 100, one-on-one  preceptor options for clinical rotations
- 37+ years of experience and growth

3. Unique Location
- Community-based, non-competing residency in the suburb of a thriving major metropolitan city

4. Unlimited Opportunity
- Our graduates can be found all over the US, from Miami, FL to Seattle, WA
- All varieties of practice opportunities after graduation including full spectrum Family Medicine with OB, Outpatient-only care, ER/Urgent Care Medicine, FQHC Faith-Based clinics, Hospitalist Medicine, Palliative Care, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine and Academic Faculty

5. Unrivaled Clinical Exposure
- Comprehensive Family Medicine (FM) practice: obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and inpatient (including ICU) service all self-contained within our facilities
- 60,000+ ER visits per year
- Management of all ICU patients on FM service
- 15,000 + clinic visits/year
- 1:1 preceptor rotations
- Unparalleled Practice Management curriculum (> 100 hours)
- Weekly, evidence-based medicine, didactic/lecture curriculum
- Inpatient/Outpatient clinical PharmD support
- Office-based anticoagulation clinic

6. Steadfast Support
- We are a FAMILY, first and foremost
- Monthly/Holiday program gatherings
- Annual resident retreats (whitewater rafting, ropes courses, team building)
- Emphasis on individualized attention including personal and professional development as well as preparation tailored for your practice situation

7. Form, Function, and Flexibility
- Curriculum/Rotation/Procedural skills adaptability to individual personal/professional goals
- Optional away and customized electives
- International/Domestic missions opportunities with financial support and faculty direction and involvement

8. Nationally-Recognized Sports Medicine Fellowship Affiliation
- Sponsoring FM residency for primary care sports medicine fellowship associated with Dr. James Andrews, world-renowned sports medicine orthopedic physician
- Curriculum rotation and didactic lectures in sports medicine program
- Optional Sports Medicine Track

9. Physician Formation and Leadership Training
- Biblical Ethics training
- Outstanding Community Medicine curriculum including #1-ranked Public Health Department in the US
- Hospital Code Blue Team leaders
- Development of the physician as teacher: opportunity to teach medical and pharmacy students in the inpatient/ outpatient settings

10. Development and Diversity
- Respect and encourage diversity in all resident applicants
- Faculty with wide-ranging experience and interests (see Faculty Bios)
- We are committed to YOUR WHOLE PERSON development


Director’s Welcome 
Established in 1977, St. Vincent’s East Family Medicine Residency Program (formerly Medical
Center East) in Birmingham, Alabama is a community-based, solo residency program
dedicated to a strong tradition of excellence in patient care, service and medical education.

Faculty members bring a wealth of experience and broadly varied talents to the program contributing to a balanced and well-rounded educational program. All faculty members are board certified and hold volunteer clinical faculty appointments with University of Alabama School of Medicine as well as several DO medical school affiliations. The residency clinic patient base is diverse in many respects, including age, social and economic strata, race, and ethnicity. Such a multiplicity of patients adds depth and further value to an already outstanding clinical situation.