Graduate Medical Education at UAB is committed to providing resources and techniques to ensure residents and fellows enrolled in UAB's training programs, are mentally and physically healthy and fit for training in the clinical learning environment.

What do you need?

Immediate Resources

Emergency: 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 OR text HELLO to 741-741
Birmingham Crisis Line: 205-323-7777
GME Office: 205-934-4793
Confidential GME Hotline: 205-934-5025
Professional Development Office: 205-731-9799

  • Help with mental health

    Wellness Support Services

    Wellness Support Services in the Office of Wellness (formerly the Professional Development Office) offers confidential consultation and coaching through conversations for faculty, advanced practice providers, medical residents and fellows, medical students, biomedical graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. 

     

    Employee Health Provider Health Officer, Sandra Frazier, M.D.

    As the UAB Medicine Provider Health Officer, Dr. Frazier provides assessment and evaluation, coaching, triage, brainstorming, and referral assistance for those dealing with both professional and personal issues that may be hindering them from being at their best.

    • Make an appointment: Email sfrazier@uabmc.edu.
    • Sessions are help primarily via Zoom.
    • Services are provided at no charge and no referral is necessary.

     

    UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center 

    The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers free, confidential support services for UAB employees and members of their immediate household. The EACC's services are designed to help you identify, understand, and resolve work-related and personal issues to help you achieve a successful work/life integration. 

  • Help with financial health

    UAB Financial Wellness Program

    UAB Financial Wellness offers personalized counseling, educational seminars and additional resources designed to help employees cope with financial stressors, build financial skills and feel confident about their future.

    EACC Financial Wellness

    The UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center offers free financial counseling services to help you develop a personal financial assessment and take control of your finances. To schedule a one-on-one appointment with an EACC counselor, call 205-934-2281. Virtual appointments available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 1-4 p.m.

    Life Happens Video Series

    Produced by the Cleveland Clinic for their own trainees, this series of short videos features experts discussing topics geared toward GME trainees, like estate planning, negotiating contracts and consolidating personal debt.

  • Support finding childcare

    UAB Childcare Programs

    UAB Child Development Center

    • AGES: 6 weeks to 6 years
    • WHEN: Open year-round, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • INFO: NAEYC accredited and state licensed childcare center managed by KinderCare for UAB employees and students.
    • LOCATION: 1113 15th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205
    • CONTACT: 205-974-7353

    UAB Sponsored Childcare

    UAB is a corporate sponsor with three childcare centers located in the Birmingham area.

    First Church Early Learning Center

      • INFO: Available to UAB employees and provides UAB with six annual slots. Families are eligible for one slot per family, per year. UAB’s Office of the Senior Vice-President for Finance and Administration maintains a list of those interested in one of the slots.
      • LOCATION: 518 N. 19th Street, Birmingham, AL 35203
      • CONTACT: 205-251-6059 (x2), elc@firstchurchbhm.com

    The Harris Early Learning Center

    • INFO: Available to UAB employees and provides UAB with six annual slots. Families may only receive one slot per family, per year. UAB’s Office of the Senior Vice-President for Finance and Administration maintains a list of those interested in one of the slots.
    • LOCATION: 1413 7th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203
    • CONTACT: 205-252-5060

    KinderCare

    • AGES: 6 weeks-12 years
    • INFO: KinderCare offers a 10% discount for UAB employees and students who have children enrolled at any of their non-UAB locations.
    • LOCATIONS: Hampton Cove, Hoover, Huntsville, Montgomery, Prattville and UAB
    • CONTACT: 877-798-9921

    Childcare Search Resources

    Wyndy
    Wyndy is a Birmingham-based babysitting app that serves more than 18,000 families and is available to help UAB employees and residents to book a sitter. Parents can post any job for free, and then select from sitters who express interest in the job.


    See the full list of Childcare Resources for Employees from UAB Human Resources.

     

  • Access to primary care

    UAB Primary Care

    For quick access to appointments with primary care, call 205-975-4YOU (4968). You will need to share that you're a resident or fellow when scheduling an appointment.

    UAB eMedicine

    UAB’s team of clinicians treats more than 20 common medical conditions virtually. Most appointments take just 15 minutes, and healthcare teams typically send your treatment plan within an hour of your visit.

  • Better nutrition and fitness habits

    Healthy Eating at UAB

    Resources for the UAB community for healthy eating, including information on healthy food options at on-campus dining locations and a hub of recipe ideas.

    Live HealthSmart Mobile Market

    To bring healthy and affordable food to Birmingham residents, Live HealthSmart Alabama has created a Mobile Market. Each week, the Mobile Market will visit communities in Birmingham.

    Active Living at UAB

    Take advantage of everything UAB has to offer to help keep you active and healthy — including onsite walking trails, fitness classes and discounts on tools to get you moving.

    University Recreation

    UAB University Recreation provides fitness, wellness, and recreational opportunities for the UAB community and beyond. All employees are eligible for a one-week free trial.

    Free Exercise Classes at Railroad Park (weekdays March through October)

    Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, the Get Healthy on the Railroad program offers a variety of weekday exercise classes, like Hip Hop Cardio®, Bootcamp, Zumba, Yoga and Family Fun Friday.

    UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center Programs & Events

    UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center provides informative classes, seminars and group exercise at no cost, open to all eligible UAB employees and members of their immediate household.

    Related articles:

    Five tips for eating healthy on a budget (AMA)

  • Help managing stress

    SMART training (resilientoption.com)

    The four modules are science enabled to decrease stress, and help you manage and overcome adversities.

    Wellness Support Services

    Wellness Support Services in the Office of Wellness (formerly the Professional Development Office) offers confidential consultation and coaching conversations for faculty, advanced practice providers, medical residents and fellows, medical students, biomedical graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows. 

    • Make an appointment: Call 205-731-9799 or email alisapalmore@uab.edu
    • There is no charge for this service and no referral is required.

     

    Well-Being Index

    The Well-Being Index is a web-based tool used to evaluate multiple dimensions of distress in just 9 questions. It is designed to measure burnout, allowing users to compare their scores to their peers as well as track progress over time to promote self-awareness. It is 100 percent anonymous.

    The index measures six dimensions of distress and well-being: likelihood of burnout, severe fatigue, suicidal ideation, quality of life, meaning in work, work-life integration, risk of medical error, drop-out risk, and overall well-being. 

    Access Code: UAB TRAINEES

    UABWell App

    UABwell allows students and employees to build a customizable, personalized self-care plan, along with a habit tracker, so they can track their progress. UABwell also features an integrated calendar that locates all the campus mental health events, organizations, and departments all in one place.

    Related articles:

    3 coping strategies to helping medical residents manage stress (AMA)

    Feeling stressed? Overloaded? There's an app to help with that (AMA)

  • Access to lactation areas

    Dedicated lactation spaces at UAB

    UAB supports lactating parents by providing private, dedicated lactation rooms throughout campus for employees, students, and visitors. View lactation rooms on the campus map.

    View a spreadsheet of additonal resident & fellow specific lactation areas in UAB Hospital and on campus.

  • Self-screening tools to gauge wellbeing

    Well-Being Index

    The Well-Being Index is a web-based tool used to evaluate multiple dimensions of distress in just 9 questions. It is designed to measure burnout, allowing users to compare their scores to their peers as well as track progress over time to promote self-awareness. It is 100 percent anonymous.

    The index measures six dimensions of distress and well-being: likelihood of burnout, severe fatigue, suicidal ideation, quality of life, meaning in work, work-life integration, risk of medical error, drop-out risk, and overall well-being. 

    Access Code: UAB TRAINEES

    SMART training (resilientoption.com)

    The four modules are science enabled to decrease stress, and help you manage and overcome adversities.

    Professional Quality of Life (ProQol) Self-Test 

    The Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL) is a 30 item self-report questionnaire designed to measure compassion fatigue, work satisfaction and burnout in helping professionals, including health care workers.

    Life Stress Test (Compassionfatigue.org)

    This assessment presents life events/scenarios and asks you to score the points of each event you have experienced over the past 12-24 months to determine your likelihood of experiencing life-stress related illnesses.

    Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9)

    The PHQ-9 is a multipurpose instrument for screening, diagnosing, monitoring and measuring the severity of depression.

    Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS) (Counselling Resource)

    This 16-question assessment measures factors across 9 different criterion domains for major depression.

    Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI)

    MBI is available by contacting the GME Office at 205-934-4793.

  • Help with substance abuse

    Substance Abuse Screening (ASSIST) (VA.gov)

    Screening questions will ask about your experience of using substances across your lifetime and in the past three months. 

    Alcohol Use Screening (AUDIT-C) (VA.gov)

    Four-question AUDIT-C screening focuses on symptoms of alcohol dependence.

    What to do if you have a problem with drugs (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

    NIDA provides resources for recognizing substance abuse disorder, finding help and treatment options and understanding privacy in substance abuse treatment.

    What to do if someone you know has a problem with drugs (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

    NIDA provides resources for recognizing if an adult friend or loved one has a substance abuse disorder, along with information about finding treatment options and support.

  • Help identifying colleagues at risk for burnout or self-harm

    The Dean's Council for GME and the Graduate Medical Education Office encourage residents and faculty members to alert your Program Director, the GME Office, and/or other personnel when you are concerned that another resident, fellow, or faculty member may be displaying signs of burnout, depression, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, or potential for violence.

    Need Help? If a person is in immediate danger or has attempted suicide, call 911 or the UAB Police Department at 205-934-3535.

    UAB CARES

    UAB CARES Suicide Prevention Initiative assists the UAB community in finding the help they need.

    Make the Difference: Preventing Medical Trainee Suicide

    This four-minute video advises medical students, residents, and fellows on how to support each other, express concern to peers, and encourage help-seeking behavior (on behalf of the ACGME, Mayo Clinic, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).

  • COVID-19 specific resources

    ONE UAB Medicine COVID News & Updates

    UAB Medicine intranet page dedicated to COVID-19 policies & other relevant updates for UAB Hospital. Blazer ID and password are required.

    UAB United

    Important COVID-19 updates and resources for the UAB campus community.

    Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19 (ACGME)

    ACGME shares COVID-specific resources for supporting trainee wellness during the coronavirus pandemic, including the COVID-19 Well-being Resource Library and the COVID-19 Well-being Idea Exchange.

  • Perks for UAB employees

    UAB Perks Program

    UAB Employee Perks Program allows all UAB faculty and staff to save money just for being a UAB employee.

  • Other resources