Letter from the Program Director

The Department of Pediatrics has an extremely robust group of fellowship programs.  Each year, between 45 and 50 physicians receive subspecialty training in Adolescent Medicine, Allergy/Immunology, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Rheumatology, and Sleep Medicine.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been described as "an institution without walls," and the success of our fellowship programs is an excellent example of this.  Subspecialty trainees not only receive outstanding subspecialty-specific clinical training, but also have readily at their disposal the full benefits of one of the largest academic medical centers in the country.  Training in bioethics, biostatistics, clinical trial design, outcomes research, and comparative effectiveness research is available to supplement fellows' research training or to allow them to pursue a formal degree in Public Health.  For persons with an interest in bench research, our fellows train in world-class laboratories within our or other UAB departments.  Our philosophy is to facilitate the placement of each fellow where they have the greatest opportunities to establish the academic foundation upon which career development and advancement can be achieved.  To help meet this objective, Ann Klasner, M.D.,  serves as Director of Subspecialty Medical Education at the departmental level.  She is assisted by Ronda Chandler, who previously administered the pediatric residency training program.  While the direction of each fellowship program is provided by a faculty member within that division, Dr. Klasner and Ms. Chandler provide cohesion and oversight to ensure that the training environment is to the maximal benefit of the fellow trainee.

brhfc-fdThe Department of Pediatrics benefits tremendously from its relationship with Children's of Alabama.  The only free-standing pediatric hospital in the state of Alabama, Children's Hospital is a leader in pediatric healthcare throughout the Southeast.  A 12-story, 400-bed hospital opened in 2012.  This new facility defines state-of-the-art pediatric medical care for the country, and allows for continued expansion of our clinical and research programs as the existing facility is now being upgraded. 

Among pediatric departments nationally, The University of Alabama Department of Pediatrics is consistently in the top 10 in NIH research funding and in the top 20 in terms of training.  We are pleased that you are evaluating us, and hope that you may have the opportunity to grow within and contribute to our vibrant and exciting academic enterprise.

Ann Klasner 2014
Ann Klasner, MD, MPH
Director of Subspecialty Medical Education
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham