The Department of Pediatrics is committed to creating an environment where all faculty, fellows, residents and staff feel respected and valued regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. In partnership with the School of Medicine, we believe that diversity and inclusion are crucial to the pursuit of excellence in our three pillars: research, education and patient care.

As a department, we are working to establish initiatives to cultivate a more diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, trainees and staff.

Department of Pediatrics Diversity Dashboard


Statements from the Department

Anti-Racism Statement

Our Commitment to Ending Racism

Important message from Department of Pediatrics leadership


Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council

The Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council aims to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) pediatric residents, fellows, and faculty, promote opportunities for mentorship amongst UAB medical students, pediatric residents, fellows, faculty, and staff, and foster a culture of diversity, inclusion and cultural responsiveness amongst pediatric residents, fellows, faculty, patients, and other healthcare providers.

Activities of the council include recruitment informational sessions and post-interview question and answer sessions for underrepresented in medicine residency candidates, diversity education, departmental constituent groups, and pipeline activities.

The co-directors for Diversity and Inclusion for the Residency Program are Drs. Ana Xavier and Chrystal Rutledge. Dr. Tina Simpson serves as the Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Liaison.

Diversity & Inclusion Council Timeline

2012

Department of Pediatrics Diversity Council Established

2013

Diversity Education Incorporated into Weekly Residency Communication

2014

1st Annual Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Welcome Reception for URiM residents, fellows, and faculty

2015

Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

2016

Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Second Look Weekend

2017

Partnership Established with Meharry Medical College for MSIII Pediatric Inpatient Rotation

2018

Department of Pediatrics Recruitment at Annual Student National Medical Association Conference

2019

Additional Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

2020

Antiracism Statement Published

  • 2012

    Department of Pediatrics Diversity Council Established

  • 2013

    Diversity Education Incorporated into Weekly Residency Communication

  • 2014

    1st Annual Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Welcome Reception for URiM residents, fellows, and faculty

  • 2015

    Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

  • 2016

    Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Second Look Weekend

  • 2017

    Partnership Established with Meharry Medical College for MSIII Pediatric Inpatient Rotation

  • 2018

    Department of Pediatrics Recruitment at Annual Student National Medical Association Conference

  • 2019

    Additional Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

  • 2020

    Antiracism Statement Published


    Women in Science

    Women in Science is a faculty women's group for the Department of Pediatrics led by Smita Bhatia, M.D. that gathers twice a year.


    Social Justice Book Club

    The Social Justice Book Club was started as a component of the department’s ongoing efforts to foster a more inclusive environment. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development the Social Justice Book Club meets once a month to discuss a book focused on social justice.

    July 2020

    "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People" by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji.  

    August 2020

    "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think and Do" by Dr. Jennifer L. Eberhardt.


    Diversity Leadership

    Department

    Tina Simpson, M.D., M.P.H.

    Tina Simpson, M.D., M.P.H.

    Professor

    Adolescent Medicine

    Residency Program

    Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

    Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Ana Xavier, M.D.

    Ana Xavier, M.D.

    Associate Professor

    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


    Diversity & Inclusion Resources

    School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion

    UAB Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    The Common Thread