Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Training Program

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Michele H. Nichols, MD            Nancy M. Tofil, MD
Selecting a Pediatric Residency Program is one of the most important decisions of your professional and personal life.  We thank you for considering the University of Alabama at Birmingham for your Pediatric Residency Education.  Our Pediatric Residency Program is designed to provide you with the best possible educational opportunities and to prepare individuals like you for a lifetime commitment to improving the health of children.  Residency is also a time when life-long friendships are created.  This spirit of camaraderie and teamwork forms the foundation of our Pediatric Residency Program.

Our Residency Program is a vigorous, well-balanced experience, with exposure to a wide diversity of disease processes.  The outstanding educational experience provided throughout residency prepares our residents well for a career in both general pediatrics and pediatric subspecialty practice.  All Pediatric Subspecialties are represented at our institution and all offer Pediatric Fellowships except Cardiology.  Over the last ten years, 50% of our graduates have stepped into a career as a general pediatrician and 50% have pursued a Pediatric Fellowship.   

One of the most difficult challenges in a Residency Program is to create a stimulating, challenging, yet nurturing environment for learning.  The strength and quality of the faculty are critical elements in fulfilling this goal.  We are fortunate to have over 160 dedicated and bright faculty members known for their excellence in research and education as well as patient care.  They are dedicated to our Pediatric Residency Program, serving as teachers, role models, advisors, and friends to the residents.   Residents have the opportunity to participate in our Simulation Program on a regular basis and this experience greatly enhances our “hands on” education.  We also require scholarly activities in Quality Improvement and in presenting a Senior Talk.  Many of our residents are involved in research as well and present at regional and national meetings.

Our Residency Program also focuses on Community Outreach and Advocacy with over half of our residents involved in community outreach activities.  Our interns have an Injury Prevention and Advocacy experience and discover ways to become involved and make a difference.  Our residents are involved in working in free health clinics, organizing a 5K run for our Weight Management Clinic, medical directing in pediatric camps, volunteering at health fairs, as well as serving on international medical teams.  

Each year, the overwhelming response from our Pediatric Residency Graduates when asked “What is the greatest strength of our program?” is “the people, the people, the people.”  The people include our residents, our faculty members, and our health care team workers.  It is the residents, in fact, who truly make our program.  Each resident, with his or her own unique talents, contributes significantly to the overall success of our program. 

We welcome your application and inquiries. Our interview process is designed to give you the opportunity to acquaint yourself with our program, see first-hand our resident-faculty interaction, tour our facilities, and speak personally with our House Staff members.  Thank you for considering our Pediatric Residency Program for your pediatric education.

Sincerely, 

Michele Holloway Nichols, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Nancy Tofil, M.D.

Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program