Residency News

  • The second Pediatric Residency Reunion was a great success!  Over 185 guests attended the reunion with 34 classes being represented. Thank you to all who attended and to everyone who worked hard to make the reunion such a great event! 

    Click here for photos from the reunion

  • WIPS.WellTFRS300The Pediatric Resident Wellness Committee was awarded a GME Works for Well-being Grant for their proposal "Wellness Through Fitness: A Fitness and Nutritional Program for Residents and Fellows.”

    The grant will be used to fund weekly fitness classes available to all pediatric residents (and fellows if availability is not an issue) with a certified trainer and nutritionist and will also provide a volunteer study group with body assessments (BMI, body fat percentage, etc) and assess progress over a 10 week span of exercise. The goal of the program is to empower residents to seek activities for physical fitness and wellness during their education!

    In February 2018, the UAB GME Office announced GME Works for Well-Being, a call for proposals to increase efforts within UAB GME to support innovated ideas and programs to improve physician well-being and foster a sense of meaning in work.

    Team members for the proposal include Malena Gutierrez, M.D., Pediatrics PGY-3, Alicia Webb, M.D., Pediatrics PGY-3, Spandana Induru, M.D., Pediatrics PGY-3 and faculty mentor Michael Stalvey, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology. 

  • Congratulations to the Pediatric and Medicine/Pediatric residents selected for the honor of being mentors within the UAB School of Medicine Housestaff Learning Community. This program is an outstanding opportunity for residents who have a passion for working with students to gain experience in medical education. The residents who were selected are listed below. 

    Pediatrics
    Emily Foreman, M.D., PGY-3
    Spandana Induru, M.D., PGY-3
    Nathan Menaker, M.D., PGY-3
    Andrew Watson, M.D., PGY-2

    Med-Peds
    Emily Bufkin, M.D., PGY-3
    Madeline Eckenrode, M.D., PGY-4
    David Windler, M.D., PGY-4

  • Residency Reunion Invitation 2018

    The UAB Pediatric Residency Program is hosting a reunion for residency alumni and friends of the program. The reunion will be on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bradley Lecture Center. Click here to RSVP for the reunion! 

    More information

  • IMG 1604300Congratulations to Claire Keith, M.D., Pediatric PGY-3, on winning the 2018 Quality Improvement Project Award for her project titled Use of Quality Improvement Process to increase influenza Vaccination in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients. Her mentor on this project was Traci Jester, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

    Pictured L to R: Drs. Susan Walley, Claire Keith and Traci Jester

  • FOUNDERS FUND AWARDLOGO

    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018-2019 Founder's Fund Grants!

    The Founders' Fund was established by the UAB Department of Pediatrics to honor the exceptional lifetime achievements of the founders Drs. John W. "Bill" Benton, Ralph E. Tiller and Paul A. Palmisano. For more than a decade, the Founders' Fund has been used to encourge and support educational edeavors in the Pediatric Residency Program through educational grants. These educational grants support new, innovative educational research or programs related to the curriculum or quality and outcomes research of the residency program.

    11 Founders' Fund Awards were given this year:

    Principal Investigator and Project Titles

    Emily Bufkin, M.D.Creating a Medical Home for Children with Medical Complexity within Primary Care Clinic.

    Eunice Dixon, M.D.Infant Safe Sleep QI: Exit Counseling to Reduce Unsafe Sleep Habits.

    Austin Doss, M.D.Procedural Competence in Pediatric Residents.

    Eric Jorge, M.D.Improving Firearm Safety Counseling in Primary Care Clinic.

    Will Sasser, M.D.Introduction of an Ultrasound Fundamentals Training Session to the Pediatric Intensive Care Education Curriculum Supplemented with a Vascular Access
    Training Model.


    Kristyn Jeffries, M.D.All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Injury Prevention through Education in Schools.

    Sai Surapa-Raju, M.D.Teaching residents Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) cardiac arrest guidelines using Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice (RCDP).

    Rashmi Patil, M.D.Baby Shower for Young Mothers Program.

    Kristyn Jeffries, M.D.Pediatric Research Academic Program (Pediatric RAP).

    Candice Dye, M.D.Use of Mental Health Simulation to Improve Pediatric Primary Care, Resident Reflection on Suicide Prevention, and Development of Support Groups.

    Michele Nichols, M.D.Spanish Class for Residents.

  • D.WindlerThe Primary Care Extra Mile Award winner for this quarter is David Windler, M.D., PGY-3 Med/Peds Resident. The following was Dr. Windler's nomination from colleagues in Primary Care Clinic:

    "A severely autistic child came in for her depo and Tdap shots. She was very agitated on this particular day, and staff had a hard time even getting her into the room. When it came time for her shots, Dr. Windler immediately volunteered. He stayed in the room until family and staff were able to come up with a safe plan for administering her shots. The mom was distressed, and he was calm and reassuring with both the family and staff. Thank you for your positive attitude and teamwork, Dr. Windler!"

  • DrWilliamSasser SDM 3243The Pediatric Residency Program is excited to announce that Will Sasser, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, will be joining the program as an Assistant Program Director as of July 1, 2018.

    When asked about his new role, Dr. Sasser said "I'm thrilled about the opportunity to work more closely with our residents alongside faculty and staff that have meant so much to me as a trainee and junior faculty member."

    Dr. Sasser joins Michele Nichols, M.D., Program Director, Nancy Tofil, M.D., Senior Associate Program Director, Candice Dye, M.D., Associate Program Director, and Lauren Nassetta, M.D., Associate Program Director as leadership of the program. 

    Prior to this role with the Residency Program, Dr. Sasser served as the Director of the Acting Internship and Elective Program with the Pediatric Clerkship. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina for medical school and completed both his pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at UAB. 

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    Below is what our graduates will be doing after residency:

    Baani Bawa, M.D.- Hospital Medicine, Nashville, TN
    Megan E. Boothe, M.D. - Genetics Fellowship, UAB, 
    John Mark Bouchillon, M.D. - 2018-2019 Chief Resident, UAB, 
    Stephen T. Clark, M.D. - Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, UAB, 
    Adam W. Cohen, M.D.- Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, UAB, 
    Orlando Esparza, M.D.-  Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Colorado
    Anna L. Hoppmann, M.D.- Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, UAB
    Claire S. Keith, M.D.-  Gastroenterology Instructor followed by Pediatric GI Fellowship, UAB 
    Angela J. King, M.D.- General Pediatrics, Clinical Instructor, UAB, Birmingham, AL
    Tiffany D. Moore, M.D.-General Pediatrics, Acton Road, Birmingham, AL
    Anastasia T. Nelson, M.D.- General Pediatrics, Tots n Teens, Trussville, AL
    Jamie L. Powell, M.D.-General Pediatrics, Mayfair Medical Group, Homewood, AL
    Robert D. Sellers, IV, M.D.-2018-2019 Chief Resident, UAB
    Mary E. Silverberg, M.D.-Research at UAB, Pursuing NICU Fellowship
    Karlene D. Walker, M.D.-2018-2019 Chief Resident, UAB, Birmingham, AL        
    Carter D. Wallace, M.D.-Gastroenterology Instructor followed by Pediatric GI Fellowship, UAB
    Timothy A. Wang, M.D. -Neonatology Fellowship, Cincinnati Children's
    Anna P. White, M.D.-General Pediatrics, Health Department, Birmingham, AL
    Sara E. Williams, M.D.-Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, University of Colorado
    Andrea M. Wolf, M.D.- General Pediatrics, Dallas, TX
    Taylor A. Woodfin, M.D.-Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship, UAB
    Sarah E. Bagwell, M.D.-General Medicine/Pediatrics, UAB, Gardendale, AL
    K. Shannon Booker, M.D.- Medicine/Pediatrics Hospitalist, Minneapolis, MN
    Sarah E. Bragg, M.D.- General Medicine/Pediatrics, UAB, Leeds, AL
    Teresa B. Cornelius, M.D.-Medicine/Pediatrics, Hospitalist, UAB
    Sarah Joy Dean, M.D.-Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship, UAB                                                            

    2017-2018 CHIEF RESIDENTS
    Bryauna S. Lewis, M.D.
    -General Pediatrics, Christ Health Center, Birmingham, AL
    T. Spencer Poore, M.D.- Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship, University of Colorado
    Michelle Udine, M.D.- Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship, Children’s National

  • The 2018 graduating class presented the following awards at their Graduation Banquet on Friday, June 1. 

    Michele St. Romain Award

    Robert D. Sellers IV, M.D.

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    This award recognizes a graduating resident with the finest qualities of a pediatrician: enthusiasm, compassion, and dedication to the care of children. 

     Ralph E. Tiller, M.D. Distinguished Faculty Award

     Morissa Ladinsky, M.D., Academic General Pediatrics and Christiana Cochran, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Medicine

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    This award recognizes a faculty member who has contributed the most to overall education and training. 

    Sergio Stagno, M.D. Friend of the Housestaff Award

    Morissa Ladinsky, M.D. 

    FriendoftheHousestaffRS600

    This award recognizes an individual demonstrating a strong commitment to resident education and quality of life. 

    Quarterback Subspecialty Education Award

    Lydia Marcus, M.D.-Child Neurology Fellow

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    This award recognizes a selected fellow’s contributions to resident education. 

    Best Teaching Rotation Award

    Nephrology

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    This award recognizes the rotation that is viewed to be the best teaching rotation by the graduating class. 

  • internoftheyearCongratulations to Rachel Calhoun, M.D. and Brooke Goar, M.D. for winning the Joe LaRussa Intern of the Year Award!