The goal of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) fellowship program is to prepare specialists in hospital medicine who will have excellent clinical skills, the ability to perform meaningful research and the capacity to become leaders in the field of hospital medicine. The curriculum provides sufficient clinical experience for fellows to become confident experts in the care of hospitalized children. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies are addressed through structured seminars, clinical experience, and directed study.

Fellows also devote time and effort to academic interests including research projects focused on quality improvement, clinical problems or medical education. Our faculty have developed a core lecture series to give fellows a working knowledge of health information systems, study design, and basic biostatistics, among other topics. All PHM fellows will complete a research project that will contribute to the field of pediatric hospital medicine in its broadest sense, as well as the opportunity to build a disease-specific clinical pathway to be used at Children’s of Alabama.

Fellows serve as attending physicians on a busy general inpatient service for approximately 16 weeks per year, initially working under the supervision of PHM faculty members. In-house overnight call is limited to 24 nights per year. Clinical service takes place in Children’s of Alabama, the centerpiece of a health system for children and adolescents that occupies new, state-of-the-art 340 bed inpatient facilities. Children’s of Alabama serves as the regional referral center for Alabama and surrounding states.

PHM fellowship is typically two years; extension to a third year is possible for candidates who wish to pursue a graduate degree during fellowship. A competitive salary and fringe benefit package is provided; salaries for physician fellows at UAB are based on year of postgraduate training and are the same across all departments. PHM fellows work with 14 academic, UAB Department of Pediatrics faculty members who are pediatric hospitalists.

We will accept two well-qualified fellows each year. Applicants must complete residency in an accredited pediatrics or medicine/pediatrics program in the U.S. prior to fellowship. Interested candidates can request application materials or obtain more information from the link provided on this site.


Clinical Service:

* 16 clinical service weeks per year, split between resident and non-resident services (8 weeks each during Year 1, 12 weeks on resident service during Year 2).
* Mentored advancement to level of independent attending physician for a general inpatient service during 1st year of fellowship
* Two overnight shifts per month with options for moonlighting
* Electives available in sedation, newborn nursery, palliative care, cardiology, and more


Clinical Education -
* Monthly lectures on hospital medicine core competencies
* Monthly group discussions of current literature
* Monthly combined fellowship series shared with UAB Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care fellows on shared clinical topics
* Monthly core fellowship series for all pediatric fellows on career development topics
* Weekly clinical case conference on clinical conundrums and management

Medical Education -
* Training to use state-of-the-art simulation laboratory as educational or research tool
* “Teaching the teacher” didactics
* Workshops on giving feedback, teaching adult learners at different stages
* Opportunities to develop an educational module for housestaff (recent examples: breastfeeding, global health topics)

Research Education - 
* Introduction to biostatistics and analytic methodologies
* Institute for Healthcare Improvement quality improvement course with practical applications
* Workshops on academic presentations (oral and poster presentations) and manuscript preparation
* Introductions to grants 

Applied Research:

* Aim to have completed research product by conclusion of fellowship with intent for publication
* Presentation of research abstract at a national conference (Pediatric Academic Societies, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, etc)
* Develop a clinical pathway or quality improvement project

Recent fellow research projects

*Bronchiolitis clinical pathway
*Resource utilization for complex febrile seizures 
*MRSA as a cause of community-acquired pneumonia
*Effect of corticosteroid dosing on length of stay on an asthma clinical pathway


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Our Team

Chang Wu, M.D.

Chang Wu, M.D.

Fellowship Program Director

Gay Blair

Gay Blair

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Committed to advancing clinical care, research, education and advocacy to improve the health of the children of Alabama, the region and the world

The UAB Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to improving the health of children; discovering and applying important new knowledge to improve the outcomes for pediatric disorders; educating patients, families, and health care providers and training the next generation of pediatric providers and leaders in medicine.


We invest in people and programs to fuel new discoveries; we support the careers of pediatric investigators who will discover new knowledge and help us change the outcome for the children of Alabama.


UAB Pediatrics provides comprehensive training programs for all levels of learners. Our clerkship, residency, and subspecialty fellowship programs are among the best in the nation.

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For more than 50 years, the partnership between UAB and Children’s of Alabama has provided outstanding care to the youngest, most vulnerable patients and established Birmingham as a nationally renowned center for pediatric medicine.

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