The UAB Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Fellowship Program prepares specialists who will have excellent clinical skills, the ability to perform meaningful scholarship, and the capacity to become leaders in the field of hospital medicine. Our program provides sufficient clinical experience for fellows to become confident experts in the care of hospitalized children. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies are addressed through structured seminars, clinical experience, and directed study.

Our PHM Fellowship is typically two years. A competitive salary and fringe benefit package is provided; salaries for physician fellows at UAB are based on year of postgraduate training and are the same across all departments. PHM fellows work with 13 academic, UAB Department of Pediatrics faculty members who are pediatric hospitalists.

We will accept two well-qualified fellows each year. Applicants must complete residency in an accredited pediatrics or medicine/pediatrics program in the U.S. prior to fellowship. Interested candidates can request application materials or obtain more information from the link provided on this site.


Director's Welcome

Hosp Med Wu Chang

We are happy that you have decided to consider our Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program to further your training!  When you visit Children's of Alabama, you will find a state-of-the-art, thriving facility that was created with the promotion of children’s health in mind. Our division is comprised of young, enthusiastic faculty, and we collaborate with world-class clinicians and researchers in all of the pediatric subspecialties. Children's of Alabama fosters an environment for physicians eager to teach and provide high-quality care to their patients.

Our fellowship program strives to offer fellows a broad exposure to clinical research, quality improvement, and education built on a foundation of clinical expertise to become leaders in the field of Hospital Medicine. Our website provides a general overview of the training program. We extend to you a cordial invitation to meet our faculty and fellows!



Chang L. Wu, MD MSCR
Director, UAB Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program

Our Vision & Mission

Our Vision

To prepare the future leaders in the field of Hospital Medicine as confident experts in the care of the hospitalized child.

Our Mission

Our mission is threefold:  Clinical care, Scholarship, and Education.  Through the Fellowship, our fellows are expected to:

  • Develop the clinical and leadership skills to direct care of the hospitalized child comporting with best evidence based medicine practices while coordinating with subspecialists, health providers, and community partners;

  • Actively pursue new discovery and apply this knowledge in the form of novel research and/or qualitative improvement initiatives to their clinical practice; and

  • Educate patients, families, and the next generation of healthcare providers as active members of the academic community.


UAB Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Fellowship Program at the Children’s of Alabama is currently accepting applications. This is a two-year fellowship program with two fellow positions per year. Our program consists of a curriculum designed to provide sufficient clinical experience for fellows to become confident experts in the care of hospitalized children.  

The UAB PHM Fellowship Program will be participating in the NRMP Pediatric Specialties Fall Match.

Applications are available at or download the Common Application

Important Dates:

July 1 – September 15:  Applications accepted. Applications following will be considered on an individual basis.
Mid-September – Mid-November:  Interviews scheduled.

September 25, 2019: Match opens at 12:00 p.m. ET

October 30, 2019: Ranking opens at 12:00 p.m. ET

December 4, 2019: Rank order list deadline at 9:00 p.m. ET

December 18, 2019: Match Day at 12:00 p.m. ET

For application details or questions about the program, please feel free to contact our Program Coordinator, Gay Blair at or Chang L. Wu, MD, Fellowship Director at           


Fellows serve as attending physicians on a busy general inpatient service for approximately 16 weeks per year, initially working under the supervision of PHM faculty members.  In-house overnight call is limited to 24 nights per year (2 nights per month).  Clinical service takes place in Children’s of Alabama, the centerpiece of a health system for children and adolescents that occupies new, state-of-the-art 340 bed inpatient facilities.  Children’s of Alabama serves as the regional referral center for Alabama and surrounding states.

Fellows devote time and effort to academic interests including research projects focused on quality improvement, clinical problems, or medical education.  Our faculty have developed a core lecture series to give fellows a working knowledge of health information systems, study design, and basic biostatistics, among other topics.  All PHM fellows will complete a research project that will contribute to the field of pediatric hospital medicine in its broadest sense, as well as the opportunity to build a disease-specific clinical pathway to be used at Children’s of Alabama.

Clinical Service

* 16 clinical service weeks per year, split between resident and non-resident services (8 weeks each during Year 1, 12 weeks on resident service during Year 2).

* Mentored advancement to level of independent attending physician for a general inpatient service during 1st year of fellowship

* Two overnight shifts per month with options for moonlighting

* Electives available in all subspecialties including sedation, newborn nursery, palliative care, cardiology, and more


Clinical Education 

* Monthly lectures on hospital medicine core competencies

* Monthly group discussions of current literature

* Monthly combined fellowship series shared with UAB Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care fellows on shared clinical topics

* Monthly core fellowship series for all pediatric fellows on career development topics

* Weekly clinical case conference on clinical conundrums and management

Medical Education

* Training to use state-of-the-art simulation laboratory as educational or research tool

* “Teaching the teacher” didactics

* Workshops on giving feedback, teaching adult learners at different stages

* Opportunities to develop an educational module for housestaff (recent examples: breastfeeding, global health topics)

Research Education 

* Introduction to biostatistics and analytic methodologies

* Institute for Healthcare Improvement quality improvement course with practical applications

* Workshops on academic presentations (oral and poster presentations) and manuscript preparation

* Introduction to grants

Applied Research:

* Aim to have completed research product by conclusion of fellowship with intent for publication

* Presentation of research abstract at a national conference (Pediatric Academic Societies, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, AAP National Conference and Exhibition, etc)

* Develop a clinical pathway or quality improvement project

Our Team

Chang L. Wu, M.D., MSCR

Chang L. Wu, M.D., MSCR

Fellowship Program Director

Erinn O. Schmit, M.D.

Erinn O. Schmit, M.D.

Assistant Fellowship Program Director

Gay Blair

Gay Blair

Fellowship Program Coordinator