|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.
Community Outreach/ Advocacy
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:
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
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.
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 as Romania (pictured) Kenya and Zambia.