|Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency|
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
See also: College of Community Health Sciences | Tuscaloosa and the Metropolitan
The University of Alabama is a comprehensive, state-supported research university with 18,775 (as of Fall 1999) students from the United States and abroad. The University contributes greatly to the vitality of the Tuscaloosa community, and beyond their academic and clinical pursuits, members of the Family Practice Residency may participate in the host of cultural and recreational events it sponsors. During the academic year, University life is highlighted by distinguished lecturers, outstanding fine-arts exhibits, and performances of the University's theatre department, classical music groups, dance companies, and jazz ensemble. With a coliseum, an amphitheater, a cinema, and numerous stages and halls, the University fields a wide variety of special events, from rock music festivals to fiction readings to Broadway shows to international films.
The University's recreational facilities make the campus environment even more attractive. Three indoor swimming pools and the outdoor Riverside Pool are open to the entire University community. Swimming instruction and a competitive swim program for children are available. Twenty lighted tennis courts and an eighteen-hole golf course are operated by the University. The climate-controlled Student Recreation Center has racquetball, handball, and squash courts; multipurpose courts for intramurals and pickup games; a suspended, indoor, one-eighth mile track; and a large weight and exercise room. Most related equipment is available for checkout at the center. An extensive aerobics program and saunas also are available. Family practice residents have access to all University resources, including priority ticket sales for home football and basketball games.
State Museum of Natural History is located in the center of the campus.
It offers short-term discovery programs for adults and children in addition
to its permanent exhibits. Across town (about a fifteen minute drive)
is the University's arboretum, which offers hiking, picnicking, and special
events. Overlooking the Black Warrior River, Riverside Park, adjacent
to the campus, offers fishing and picnicking by the water.