Research and QI

After Graduation page IMG 0052Research 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. 

  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.)


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:

  • Sanmati Cuddapah: Counseling and Caring for Patients with Genetic Disorders: Simulated Cases for Pediatric Residents
  • Megan Brennard: Primary Care Clinic Website update
  • Clay Cohen: Time to Antibiotic Administration in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department at Risk for Neutropenia
  • Jennifer Davenport and Megan Yanik: Evaluating Appropriate Use of Children’s of Alabama Isolation Precautions Protocol
  • Allison Faugot: Alabama Asthma Program (Chapter QI Network) Social work intervention branch
  • Tracey George and Yassmin Yousef: Improving Flu Vaccine Compliance Among Primary Care Clinic Patients with Asthma
  • Madhura Hallman: Optimizing Use of Palliative Care Services in the PICU Setting
  • Hayley Hamilton: Readmissions HAC Team-Solutions for Patient Safety
  • Katherine Hoops: Improved Resident Education in Statistics and Evidence Based Medicine
  • Andrew Hurd: Improving Resident Education on How to Perform a Lumbar Puncture
  • Joanna Kaczmarska: Improving Post-Operative Pain Assessment and Management in Non-verbal Children
  • Florence Lee: Assessment of Quality of Resident Education and Advocacy and Identifying Areas for Improvement
  • Kathleen Richard, Katy Hines, Ashley Brown: Inpatient Exercise Program        
  • Vershanna Morris and Cassi Smola: Diagnostic Trends in Pediatrics ALTEs
  • Ashley Newell: Improving Paging Overnight
  • Nicki Sims: A Novel Teaching Mechanism in Nephrology of the Dangers of Hypocalcemia in Chronic Renal Failure
  • Intern QI project: Improving standardization for discharge planning and medications for patients on the Asthma Clinical Pathway after hospitalization for an acute asthma exacerbation