Some of the students in the last few years at my school have rotated through there for Sub I's. I have heard nothing but good stuff from them. Hopefully someone else will provide a bit more detailed insight.
I visited UAB for a GS residency interview last month. It was very impressive--the PD and department chair were great, the residents seemed very happy, they have abundant research opportunities, and the hospital was incredible..they just built a new surgical "wing" (12 floors, huge ORs--very state of the art). The people were very down to earth and the program is flexible. I was slightly unsteady about living in Birmingham, but otherwise this program was awesome (i ranked it highly). IMHO, it would be a great place to do a SubI. Good luck.
I don't have specific questions. Frankly I don't know enough about the program to ask specific questions. What I was looking for was; general attitute of the residence, are they a happy,cohesive group (I think this is a very telling sign of the health of a program), how are the attendings, program directors, is the program focused on training surgeons or are the residence just a cog in the big machine who are just luck to be there...When do the residence get to cut? Some programs early some late. I guess what I am looking for is a subjective sense of the enviorment. What's was your impression after your clerkship?
Gfunk6, thanks for your offer, I may have more specific questions, once I schedule my sub I.
I found the residents to be generally happy, many had great senses of humor. However, they are worked quite hard and it shows. The attendings are, almost without exception, eager to teach residents and there is a good mix of younger and older professors.
Since most residents seem to go on to some type of fellowship training, the residency tends to be top heavy in terms of surgical experience. That is, your fourth years and fifth years will do most of the procedures whereas 1st and 2nd years do mostly floor work.
I really enjoyed my GI Surgery rotation and I felt that the attendings were a lot nicer than I expected that they'd be. However, I have absolutely no interest in Surgery so I doubt that I took very much away from the rotation.