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Research Pathways

As part of our Pediatric Residency Program, a Pediatric Research Academic Program (Pediatric RAP) meets monthly to discuss basic research topics, set monthly goals, and network with each other as well as faculty.  This opportunity is open to any interested Pediatric Resident who wants to be a part of this scholarly group. 

The UAB Pediatric Residency Program also accepts applicants into the two Research Pathways approved by the American Board of Pediatrics.  These include:

Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP)
  • This pathway is open to candidates who are committed to an academic career with a strong research emphasis.  Residents would complete 2 years of General Pediatrics, then complete 4 years of subspecialty training.
  • Candidates MUST be identified no later than 9 months into their PGY I year, but preferably prior to their beginning their PGY I year.
  • This could occur at two different institutions.
  •  For questions regarding the curriculum and further requirements, please refer to the ABP website or request further information from our UAB Pediatric Residency Program. 
Resident Research Group
  Integrated Research Pathway (IRP)
  • This pathway is designed to attract young physician scientists who want to sustain their research skills and productivity during Pediatric Residency.
  • This pathway is open to applicants with MD/PhD degrees or equivalent evidence of research experience and/ or commitment.
  • Candidates MUST be identified no later than 9 months into their PGY I year, but preferably prior to their beginning their PGY I year.
  • This pathway must occur at once institution.
  • The pathway duration would be 3 years with two years of general pediatrics (clinical) and up to one year of research. 
  •  For questions regarding the curriculum and further requirements, please refer to the ABP website or request further information from our UAB Pediatric Residency Program. 

Additional Research Opportunity

The UAB Pediatric Residency also offers up to a one year “Research Gap Year”, which would occur ideally in line with the academic yearly schedule.  If a resident has a mentor who he/ she would like to do research with for up to one year, the Department of Pediatrics will review the proposal and make a decision as to whether the project would meet requirements needed for financial support and protected time.  The resident would then resume their Pediatric Residency responsibilities at the completion of the year or project (or whichever came first.)

Recent Research

UAB and Children's of Alabama are leading research institutions in the country, raking in the top 20 in NIH funding. There are various opportunities for research available - from bench to simulation to advocacy. We have a research conference every July to present faculty opportunities to residents. If residents present at a national meeting, the department will reimburse for the conference and conference fees. We also have $1000 Founder's Fund grants available every May for new innovative educational endeavors in curriculum or outcome research that focus on Residency Education and Advocacy. Below is a sampling of research and publications from residents over the last few years:

2012-current
  • Ashley Brown:
    • Neonatal Needle Thoracentesis Procedural Simulation Exercise. 2014-2015 Founder’s Fund Award, UAB Department of Pediatrics
    • Simulation in Cardiac Diseases: A Course for Residents during their Cardiology Rotation. 2014-2015 Founder’s Fund Award, UAB Department of Pediatrics
    • Code Cart Accuracy and Residents’ Understanding of Code Carts: A Quality Improvement Project
    • Resident Instructor, MSTP 795 Continuing Medical Education Course, UASOM
  • Clay Cohen: Life Threatening Wegener’s Granulomatosis: an Uncommon Disease Masked by Common Symptoms. Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Peter Hanna: Intracranial foreign Body diagnosed by Ultrasound, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Katy Hines: 11 month old with Altered Mental Status, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Shital Patel: MRSA Strikes Back: MRSA Osteomyelitis with Septic Emboli ,Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Erinn Schmit: Group C Streptococcus Sepsis in a Pediatric Patient with Tuberous Sclerosis, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Nicki Sims: Importance of Hypocalcemia in Management of Hyperkalemia in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Cassi Smola: Trends in Risky Driving Behavior. Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Sam Strachan and Coco Williard: A Presentation of Kawasaki Disease Shock Syndrome Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014
  • Kathleen Richard: Chromobacterium Violaceum Sepsis:  Components in Treatment, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2014



Quality Improvement Projects endeavors over the last 12 months include:

  • Claire Beaullieu & Nisha Rathore: NICU Orientation Video
  • Erika Bishop: New Diagnosis IBD Work-Up Checklist
  • Shaundra Blakemore: Improving Patient Care for Spanish Speaking Patients by Enhancing Resident/Patient Communication
  • Ryan Boggs, Ashley Dodd, Brian Donahue, Rose James, Natalia Lotz, Sam Strachan, & Thanh Summerlin: Standardizing the Discharge Process of Patients Admitted to COA on the Asthma Clinical Pathway
  • Sarah Bragg, Teresa Cornelius, Peter Hanna, Adam Hurst, Christina Inman, Christen Roth, Kristine Sawyer: Healthy Active Living
  • Courtney Campbell, Laura Classen, Ashley Elam, Gina Mittenzwei, & Carlie Stein: Residents as Teachers: Focus on the Medical Students and Academic Basics
  • Hugh Cheek & Charles Schlappi: Improving Anemia Screening in Adolescent Females
  • Charrelle Coates & Adolfo Molina: Asthma Inpatient Management with ICS Therapy
  • Megan Cotti-Rausch, Bryauna Lewis, & Michelle Udine: Sleeping with the Enemy: Addressing Co-Sleeping and SIDS in PCC
  • Blaine Crosland, Karissa Grizzle, & Megan Willis: Bronchiolitis Care within the Context of the Bronchiolitis Clinical Pathway
  • Joy Dean, Sarah Bagwell, & Shannon Booker: Bridging the Gap: Pediatric to Adult Care
  • Clayton Dugan, David McCall, & Jeb Raulston: Implementation of Electronic Team Lists
  • Ian Flaniken: Increasing Awareness and Accessibility of Contact Precautions Guidelines
  • Danielle Franklin: Improving Patient Continuity in Primary Care Clinic
  • Kara Graves, Shital Patel, & Kathleen Richard: Paging Communication Project
  • Nazia Kabani: Palliative Care Use in PICU and Family and Patient Satisfaction
  • Abhay Kulkarni: Increasing Physician Awareness and Competence in the Nursing Aspect of Medicine
  • Brett LaBrecque: Evaluation of Work-Flow Improvement with Team Room Labeling
  • Lydia Marcus: Algorithm for Evaluation of First Time Non-Febrile Seizure in the ED
  • Corey Martin: Emergency Department Visit Times of Spanish Speaking Only Patients vs. English Speaking Patients
  • Spencer Poore: Pager Receipts and Records
  • Charles Roitsch: Compliance with NHLBI Guidelines for Asthma Classification and Treatment during Inpatient Pediatric Hospitalization
  • Sarah Schaeffer & Thomas Tyner: Smoking Cessation Training in the UAB Pediatric Residency