The Pediatric Surgery Services at The Children's Hospital of Alabama are an integral part of the UAB General Surgery Training Program. In addition, the Division of Pediatric Surgery sponsors an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Surgery Fellowship with one resident admitted yearly for the two-year program. General Surgery residents rotate with the Pediatric Surgery fellows to provide house staff coverage on one of the busiest clinical services in the UAB system. Medical students and surgical assistant trainees also rotate on the service.
The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the tertiary care referral center for the state of Alabama and much of the southeast region of the United States. Hospital facilities include an NICU, PICU, Special Care Unit, and a Burn Center. There are 12 operating rooms with over 10,000 procedures performed annually. Approximately one-third of the cases are performed by the pediatric surgery service.
General Surgery residents spend a minimum of four months rotating on the Pediatric Surgical Service at The Children's Hospital. A major emphasis during these rotations is placed on preoperative evaluation, emergency stabilization, and postoperative management of infants and children. House staff participates fully in all aspects of pediatric surgical care and have the opportunity to serve as operative surgeon or first assistant on most cases performed by the service. In addition, all residents participate as members of the Trauma Team. The Trauma Service at Children's receives patients from all over the state with many brought to Children's via air transport facilitated by The Children's Hospital heliport.
The clinical teaching program is complemented by a wide range of didactic teaching sessions. Weekly conferences include a Basic Science Conference, a combined Pediatric Surgery/Radiology/Pathology Conference, a Multidisciplinary Tumor Board, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, and a Trauma Conference. Additional specialty conferences, Pediatric Ground Rounds, and a Pediatric Surgery Research Conference are also available for interested residents and students.
The core teaching program at Children's is provided under the guidance of board certified pediatric surgeons. Additional pediatric surgical subspecialty care is provided in Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Urology, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery, and Ophthalmology.
Opportunities exist for general surgery residents to participate in research and clinical fellowships for one to two years during their general surgery training.
Mike Kuang Sing Chen, M.D.
Joseph M. Farley Endowed Professor of Surgery
Director, Division of Pediatric Surgery
Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship
The Children's Hospital of Alabama
1600 7th Avenue South, ACC 300
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Phone: (205) 638-9688