Christina Cochran, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics on Sept. 1. Dr. Cochran completed her pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She completed her pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Dr. Cochran's academic interests include resident education, simulation, and anaphylaxis. Her personal interests include traveling and being outdoors. 
Congratulations to Liz Beierle, M.D., Pediatric Surgery, who was selected as one of 2016 Women Who Shape the State by Al.com. More than 100 women were nominated and 29 women were selected for the second annual presentation of this award, which seeks to honor women throughout Alabama. From the UAB School of Medicine, Mona Fouad, M.D., was also honored. Click here to see all awardees. 
Will Sasser, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, received a 2016 Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Faculty Development UASOM Award; a program funded by an HSF-GEF grant. The RIME program will provide up to $7,500 funds for one year towards a successful enrollment in the Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in Health Professions program. The project titled, “Preparation for Residency” will enhance the curriculum experience for UASOM students. 
Research and Innovations in Medical Education (RIME) Week promotes teaching skills, fosters curriculum innovation and showcases scholarship and research findings in medical education for the 21st century. Nathaniel Swinger, M.D., Pediatrics Fellow, and Tina Simpson, M.D., MPH, General Pediatrics, received awards in the category of Medical Education, Research & Innovation. Dr. Swinger's poster presentation was titled "Variable Interval Training for Active Learning." Dr. Simpson's poster was titled, "Cultural Competence: LGBTQ Youth Module."
Michelle Kong, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, will be recognized by the Women's Fund at an event at Iron City on Oct. 13. Event information here. Dr. Kong will be celebrated among 10 of Birmingham's Smartest Women. Her bio, which highlights her work at Children's, UAB and her nonprofit, KultureCity, can be found here.
Margaux Barnes, Ph.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, was recently appointed as an Associate Scientist in the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine. The appointment, effective Sept. 1, will work toward advancing exercise science and medicine through innovative and impactful research and training. 
Michael Seifert, M.D., Pediatric Nephrology, received an Angus Cooper Award from The Comprehensive Transplant Institute at UAB. His project titled “The injury-repair response in renal allografts with subclinical inflammation” was awarded for one year at an amount of $50,000. Click here for more information.
Teodora (Thea) Nicola M.D., Ph.D., MBA, Research Scientist in Neonatology, earned at least 100,000 points in the UAB Center for Teaching & Learning certification program. On Thursday, Sept. 22, she was presented with a CTL Teaching Certificate in recognition of her active participation in the program. 
While fewer than half of Alabama's teens have completed their HPV vaccine series, practices participating in ACHIA's 2016 learning collaborative "Prevent HPV Cancers Today!" delivered dose 1 to 79% of patients and dose 2 or 3 to 94%. The collaborative wrapped up with 13 practices exceeding their goal to increase HPV vaccine delivery by 10% over 3 months. Doctors received Part IV MOC while improving their strong provider message, reliably identifying patients at acute and well child visits, and strengthening reminder/recall systems. Click here for more about ACHIA.
ESPN Gameday shared the story of Children’s of Alabama pediatric heart transplant patient, Davis Boswell, and his donor John Clarke Perry, on Saturday before the LSU-Auburn game. By sharing their story, the Boswells and Perrys hope more people will register to be organ donors. Watch this inspiring story of two families here