|Pediatrics Residents at UAB get involved in many different avenues of community outreach and volunteer work. The Coat of Arms Committee (Community, Outreach, and Advocacy) makes it easy to become involved by providing volunteer opportunities for residents to participate and volunteer.
Projects organized by the C.O.A. committee range from free clinics to holiday drives to hospital supply drives. Residents also find their own ways to contribute to local, national, and international causes…spending time at camps as counselors and medical staff, going on medical mission trips (to Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and more), participating in charity walks/runs, making donations, and more.
We are proud of our commitment to serving others through volunteer work!
Community Outreach/ Advocacy
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Our Pediatric Residents established the "Coat of Arms" in the fall of 2003 as our Community Outreach/ Advocacy organization. The Coat of Arms has the following goals:
- To increase resident participation in community activities/ child advocacy activities locally, regionally, nationally, and world wide
- To make residents aware of community and Children's Hospital volunteer opportunities including camps, missions, etc.
- To adopt a community service project as a residency program each year
- To adopt a project each year to benefit the patients at Children's of Alabama
Each year we have local organizations needing volunteers to be involved in their programs. Some of the opportunities presented include: Magic Moments, SAFE KIDS, Think First Trauma Prevention Program, M-Power, free health clinics, Respite Care, and Ronald McDonald House.
Each year our residents have the opportunity to work at Children’s Camps where they can volunteer for a day, a weekend, or a week. Some of these camps include: Adaptive Aquatics, Asthma Camp, Burn Camp, Camp BRIDGES, Camp COOL, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Camp Seale Harris, Camp Smile, Magic Moments, and Muscular Dystrophy Camp. These camps offer a wide variety of activities for their campers and are located on Lake Martin.
Primary Care Clinic Holiday Collection
Each year our Pediatric Residency Program adopts two or three Primary Care Clinic Families to provide Christmas gifts for them. We are able to meet the "gift requests" of our children's families with many of our residents, faculty and staff giving generous donations to meet these needs.
The Children's Hospital Projects:
Each year we have a hospital drive to benefit the patients at Children's Hospital.
2004 Video Drive ~ 2005 Book Drive ~ 2006 Art Supply Drive for Child Life ~ 2007 Toiletry Drive for Ronald McDonald Home ~ 2008 Book Drive for PCC ~ 2009 Art Supply Drive for Child Life ~ 2010 Book Drive for Primary Care Clinic ~ 2011 Clothing Drive for Tornado Victims – 2012 Child Life Infant supplies – 2013 Child Life Supplies for the Emergency Department.
5K Walk/Run Spring Scramble
Since 2007, the residents have organized a 5K in the Spring to support and raise funds for our Weight Management Clinic. Every May residents, faculty, staff, and patients come together to support this unique interdisciplinary clinic.
The International Medicine Interest Group meets every other month to discuss international experiences residents and faculty have had. The Department sponsors a resident exchange program with Chile each year for 1 or 2 residents, in addition to providing resources for residents interested in opportunities in other countries such a Kenya and Zambia.
The program allows one away month during Pediatric Residency and several of our residents participate in international medical opportunities. One of the missions of the Coat of Arms is to make international opportunities available to our residents and introduce them to ways they can serve others throughout the world!
Advocacy Interest Group
The Advocacy Interest Group works closely with the Alabama Chapter of the AAP to coordinate involvement in the Fall State Meeting at the Wynfrey, the Pediatric Legislative Day in Montgomery, and the Spring Meeting at the Beach. The AAP in Alabama has an active interest in Resident Involvement and can provide lots of opportunities for interested residents.