Curriculum

Diversity of Opportunity

UAB is recognized as a campus that thrives upon interdisciplinary collaboration. Centers are organized across school boundaries in order to facilitate research, teaching, advocacy, and clinical care. Examples of these Centers include: UAB Center for Health Promotion, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, UAB Minority Health Research Center, and the UAB Center for AIDS Research. Fellows are encouraged to develop mentorship relationships with faculty in their particular area of interest and to include faculty from collaborating schools and disciplines on their scholarship oversight committee.

Fellows have a wide variety of options for advocacy experiences through the interdisciplinary UAB centers mentioned above and also through community based venues including the Alabama Department of Public Health, Jefferson County Child Policy Council, the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Mayor's Task Force on Youth and Families, AIDS Alabama, and the Alabama Obesity Task Force.


Med Students

 

Bio lab

 

Instructional and Clinical Experience

Our program provides a wide array of instructional and clinical experiences enabling fellows to gain sufficient knowledge of and skill in the following areas of adolescent medicine:

  • Physical, physiologic, and psychosocial changes associated with pubertal maturation and its disorders
  • Organ-specific conditions frequently encountered during the teenage years
  • The effects of adolescence on pre-existing conditions
  • Mental illnesses of adolescence (including psychopharmacology and psychophysiologic disorders
  • Family dynamics, conflicts, and problems
  • Adolescent parenthood
  • Disorders of cognition, learning, attention, and education
  • Social and emotional development of the adolescent, including cultural/ethnic diversity
  • Chronic handicapping conditions
  • Disorders of the endocrine system and metabolism
  • Sexuality, including sexual identity, development, and sexual health problems
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (prevention and treatment)
  • Reproductive health issues of males and females
  • Nutrition, including normal needs, health problems and deficiencies, and nutritional needs of special populations
  • Health promotion, disease prevention, screening, and immunizations
  • Infectious diseases, including epidemiology, microbiology, and treatment
  • Pharmacology and toxicity
  • Substance abuse, including alcohol and tobacco
  • Eating disorders, e.g. Obesity, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia
  • Social/environmental morbidities including physical and sexual abuse, risk-taking behaviors, injuries, sexual assault and violence
  • Juvenile justice
  • Sports medicine
  • Legal and ethical issues including advocacy
  • Interviewing/short term counseling skills for teens and their parents
  • Public health issues including demographics, social epidemiology, population-based interventions, and adolescent health promotion