Coat of Arms

Pediatrics Residents at UAB get involved in many different avenues of community outreach and volunteer work. Our Pediatric Residents established the "Coat of Arms" in the fall of 2003 as our Community Outreach/ Advocacy organization. The Coat of Arms Committee (Community, Outreach, and Advocacy) makes it easy to become involved by providing volunteer opportunities for residents to participate and volunteer.

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 The Coat of Arms has the following goals:

  • To increase resident participation in community activities/ child advocacy activities locally, regionally, nationally, and worldwide

  • To make residents aware of community and Children's Hospital volunteer opportunities including camps, missions, etc.

  • To adopt a community service project as a residency program each year

  • To adopt a project each year to benefit the patients at Children's of Alabama

Residents also find their own ways to contribute to local, national, and international causes: spending time at camps as counselors and medical staff, going on medical mission trips (to Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and more), participating in charity walks/runs, making donations, and more.

We are proud of our commitment to serving others through volunteer work!

Advocacy Interest Group

The Advocacy Interest Group works closely with the Alabama Chapter of the AAP to coordinate involvement in the Fall State AAP Meeting at the Wynfrey Hotel, the Pediatric Legislative Day in Montgomery, and the Spring State AAP Meeting at the beach.  The AAP in Alabama has an active interest in Resident Involvement and can provide lots of opportunities for interested residents.

Advocacy Opportunities

UAB Helps You Succeed!

UAB Helps You Succeed!

The community advocacy event "UAB Helps You Succeed!" began as an advocacy project in 2016 of a then PGY-2 Pediatric resident at Children's of Alabama. The Health Fair is held annually at a local elementary school and aims to target at-risk youth and their families by educating them on a variety of different health topics such as: healthy active living, gun safety, and poison prevention - just to name a few. The event also aims to support elementary school staff with charitable donations that range from school supplies, backpacks and healthy snacks for their students. The event is held annually prior to the beginning of the school year and is organized/managed by the UAB Pediatric Residents, UAB Pediatric faculty, the Coat of Arms (Community Outreach/ Advocacy Residency organization), and a variety of community sponsors.

Spring Scramble 5K

Spring Scramble 5K

Since 2007, the residents have organized a 5K in the Spring to support and raise funds for Residency project. Every May residents, faculty, staff, and patients come together to support our Residency. In addition to promoting healthy choices among our community's youth, our goal is to raise funds to directly support the health and well-being of the children in our community. This year we are excited to support the Reach Out and Read – a nationwide program that incorporates books into pediatric care. Past beneficiaries include: Weight Management Clinic and Healthy Active Living Project.  

View photos from this years race

Primary Care Clinic Holiday Collection

Primary Care Clinic Holiday Collection

Each year our Pediatric Residency Program adopts two or three Primary Care Clinic Families to provide Christmas gifts for them. We are able to meet the "gift requests" of our children's families with many of our residents, faculty and staff giving generous donations to meet these needs.

International Opportunities

International Opportunities

The International Medicine Interest Group meets every other month to discuss international experiences residents and faculty have had. The Department sponsors a resident exchange program with Chile (pictured) each year for 4 residents, in addition to providing resources for residents interested in opportunities in other countries such as Romania, Peru, Kenya, and Zambia. 

The program allows one away month during Pediatric Residency and several of our residents participate in international medical opportunities. One of the missions of the Coat of Arms is to make international opportunities available to our residents and introduce them to ways they can serve others throughout the world!

Local Volunteer Opportunities

Each year we have local organizations needing volunteers to be involved in their programs. Some of the opportunities presented include: Magic Moments, SAFE KIDS, Think First Trauma Prevention Program, M-Power, free health clinics, Respite Care, and Ronald McDonald House.


Each year our residents have the opportunity to work at Children’s Camps where they can volunteer for a day, a weekend, or a week. Some of these camps include: Adaptive Aquatics, Asthma Camp, Burn Camp, Camp BRIDGES, Camp COOL, Camp Smile-A-Mile, Camp Seale Harris, Camp Smile, Magic Moments, and Muscular Dystrophy Camp.  These camps offer a wide variety of activities for their campers and are located on Lake Martin.