Top 10 Reasons to be an Ob/Gyn Resident at UAB

UAB is one of the few programs in the country with accredited fellowships in all 4 specialties. Further, our residents apply to and have great success in all of the specialty matches. See some of the most recent matches below. 

 2014 Fellows:
  • 3 GYN Oncology: UAB, Washington University, University of Washington
  • 3 MFM: University of Texas-Houston, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • 2 REI: UAB, Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson

2013 Fellows:

  • 1 GYN Oncology: UAB
  • 2 Urogynecology: UAB, Duke University
  • 1 Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology: UAB
  • 1 Minimal Invasive Surgery: Fox Chase Cancer Center

2012 Fellows:

  • 1 MFM / Genetics: UAB
  • 1 GYN Oncology: UAB
  • 1 REI: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Weekly didactics mixed with hands-on learning opportunities are an integral part of our program. These include biweekly, division-specific didactics and bimonthly Morbidity and Mortality conferences and Journal Clubs. We have dedicated education staff members and a resident education committee whose sole purpose is to ensure quality resident educational experiences.
Dr. John Woods, our Director of Simulation, coordinates individual laparoscopic skills training and “spontaneous” in-unit simulations covering a wide variety of clinical scenarios including post-partum hemorrhage, eclamptic seizure, and shoulder dystocia. This allows residents to master managing high-risk medical complications in a low-risk, education-driven environment. 
They take good care of us here.  Here’s a list of some of the perks of being a UAB resident.
  • Catered lunch every Friday and catered dinner for Journal Club
  • Free white coats (4) and white coat laundering
  • UAB OB/GYN signature scrubs
  • Free covered parking
  • Complimentary Williams Obstetrics and Williams Gynecology books for new interns
  • A $2200 book fund
  • Funded AL licensure/DEA fees
  • Department-sponsored attendance at any conference at which you have an accepted 1st author abstract or paper
  • Access to support for global electives and research funding through the UAB Ob/Gyn Fund for Excellence in Education
  • Free attendance to the Alabama ACOG meeting in Sandestin, FL as a third-year resident 

We never need an excuse to hang out outside of work.  Come let off some steam with us at one of our department-sponsored events.
  • Black Tie Chiefs’ Party
  • Pre-Chiefs’ Roast and Porch Party
  • Intern Party
  • Resident Retreat
  • Couth Holiday Party

Birmingham is a beautiful, fun city that is affordable and easy to navigate. We have numerous local breweries and enjoy award-winning cuisine from chefs like James Beard Award winner, Frank Stitt.  Between the Birmingham Museum of Art, Civil Rights Institute, Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Baron’s Baseball, and Alabama Ballet, there is something for everyone.  Lakes, mountains and beaches are all close by, and there are numerous running, hiking, and cycling trails in the city.  A good football tailgate is right down the road in Auburn or Tuscaloosa, and the SEC is headquartered here.  Our residents find that the city is very family friendly, and over half us own our own homes.

Read this NY Times article, or visit the School of Medicine's Birmingham website to find out more about the “Magic City.”

The aesthetically-pleasing Women and Infants' Center is a $140 million, 567,000-square-foot lone-standing women’s hospital that allows us to continue to set the standard in Obstetrics and Gynecology. On the 10 floor, the patient rooms, nursing stations, and physician work areas are spacious and well-equipped, and we enjoy a beautiful view of Birmingham from the glassed skywalks that connect us to the Children’s Hospital and UAB’s Main Hospital. 

We provide care to very sick, complex patients. We are the major referral center in the state of Alabama and take care of patients from all over the southeast. After four years here, our residents are primed for success in private practice, academic medicine, or fellowship. Best of all, our interns are in the OR on day 1 of residency!
Our department is consistently ranked as one of the highest NIH-funded Obstetrics and Gynecology departments in the country, and as residents, we have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty who are leaders in their fields.  This year, Dr. Alan Tita, faculty in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine is lead investigator on a new $19.3 million NIH study about chronic hypertension in pregnancy.
The secret to our department’s success lies in our people. Our residents are a well-rounded, hard-working, fun-loving, ambitious, and intelligent bunch. The relationship between our faculty and residents is one of mutual respect that allows residents to learn in a nurturing, supportive environment. We make the best of our time together outside of work and are sure to celebrate life’s milestone together.  Come see for yourself!