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Curriculum Overview

UAB graduates are leaders in their fields. Department chairs, residency program directors, division directors, biomedical researchers, NIH Study Section Chairs, journal editors, a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and countless community pediatric leaders got their start in the UAB residency program.

Over the last 10 years, 50% of UAB graduates have entered general pediatric settings while 50% have entered academic, subspecialty practice.

Please go to this link for the Block Schedule in PDF format.

Rotation Overview

Inpatient Pediatrics at Children's of Alabama

For inpatient services, interns and residents usually begin pre-rounding around 6:30 am. Vital signs, labs, and radiology reports can be retrieved on any computer in the hospital or on the iPad supplied to each resident.  All residents are expected to attend and participate in Morning Report from 7:55-8:30, Monday through Friday. Rounds with the attending usually begin around 8:30.  Most teams perform family-centered or walk rounds in the morning. 

Rounds are designed to be led by the upper-level residents with attending guidance and supervision. The attending is present every day for rounds and plays a vital role in day-to-day education. Inpatient rounds are finished by 12:00 noon so that residents are able to attend noon conference.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM)

  • Each PHM team consists of an attending, three pediatric residents and 1-3 medical students

  • Each team is also assigned a social worker, case manager, and pharmacist to assist with follow-up appointments, patient teaching, working with DHR, coordinating prescriptions, along with many other services

  • Each team has a cap of 16 patients with a max of 8 patients admitted on a call day

  • Patients are admitted to PHM teams using a “drip system” in which each team can get new patients daily. Overflow patients are admitted by the hospitalist team

  • A separate night float team is in house at 5 pm to perform cross-cover and admissions

  • Residents present interesting patients for Stagno Morning Report 2-3 times during the month

  • Ward teams participate in monthly simulation cases to enhance their learning.

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department rotation consists of shifts ranging from 4-12 hours in duration. Like most urban children’s hospitals, the emergency department cares for a wide array of problems ranging from routine pediatric concerns to acute, life-threatening traumas and illnesses. The total number of patient visits to the Children’s of Alabama ED in 2018 was 73,403, with 413 level 1 and 2 traumas of which 28% were level 1 traumas. During the emergency department rotation, residents provide initial contact and care with supervision from fellowship-trained, pediatric emergency medicine specialists. The Children’s of Alabama ED is equipped with 54 single-patient rooms, along with 4 state-of-the-art trauma bays.

Outpatient Pediatrics

Residents spend, on average, ½ day a week in Continuity Clinic at the Primary Care Clinic. The Primary Care Clinic is located in the Park Place building, a building directly adjacent to the hospital. Residents serve as the general pediatricians for children from the surrounding community and are each assigned a patient panel of approximately 100 patients, ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds, with a variety of medical problems. Residents also enjoy working with the same primary care clinic pediatrician as their attending throughout the 3 years of residency. 

As part of the outpatient pediatric education, residents also rotate through various outpatient clinics including adolescent medicine, Sparks Center at UAB, sub-specialty clinics at Children’s of Alabama, Jefferson County Health Department community care clinics, along with a number of community private pediatric offices.

Adolescent Medicine

All residents complete a one month experience in adolescent medicine. This rotation provides the basis for evaluation and care of this special pediatric population. Training locations include the inpatient and outpatient facilities of the Children’s of Alabama as well as focused instruction in eating disorders clinic, juvenile detention centers, weight management clinics, adolescent HIV clinics, adolescent gynecology clinics, and a teen transition clinic.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

An understanding of normal and abnormal behavior and development are key foundations of training in pediatrics. A one month experience in behavior and development is required for all residents. Subspecialty clinics are the backbone of this rotation. Residents participate in the following specialized clinics: autism, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, newborn follow up, occupational and physical therapy, and spina bifida among others. Educational modules and clinical case scenarios supplement the clinic rotations.

Newborn Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care

One month is spent in the newborn nursery at UAB’s Women and Infant’s Center during intern year learning routine newborn care. They are taught normal and abnormal physical exam findings as well as the management and evaluation of common newborn problems such as: jaundice, possible sepsis, feeding intolerance, breastfeeding, and heart murmurs. Residents also gain expertise with circumcisions on this rotation. 

A total of 3.5 months during residency is spent in the 120 bed, level III+ Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU), also located at UAB’s Women and Infant’s Center. As one of the largest and busiest NICU’s in the nation, residents can expect to see a wide range of patients ranging from extremely low birth weight infants to critically ill full-term neonates. Residents attend all high risk or otherwise complicated deliveries and thus become proficient at resuscitating newborns on this rotation. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to perform numerous procedures including intubations, umbilical line placement, and lumbar punctures. Residents are also exposed to the management and care of neonates with cardiac lesions while in the NICU. While in the NICU, overnight call occurs for residents every 4th night. Interns work on a night float system while in the NICU, with an average of 4-6 overnight shifts during the rotation and the remainder of the month is comprised of day shifts.

Pediatric Intensive Care

Second-year pediatric residents spend two months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Children’s of Alabama. This 24-bed unit provides state-of-the-art, critical care for the sickest children in the state and region. Residents gain in-depth experience in the identification and management of respiratory and cardiac failure, treatment of sepsis, management of severe trauma, post-operative complications and a wide range of other disorders. This experience provides confidence to manage sick patients for the remainder of our residents' careers. Residents also hone their procedural skills with intubations, line placement and other diagnostic procedures during these rotations. Care is supervised by Pediatric Critical Care trained faculty.

Pediatric Sub-specialty Rotations (Children's of Alabama and University Hospital

The UAB Pediatric residency training program offers sub-specialty exposure to the full array of pediatric experiences. Sub-specialty rotations include hematology-oncology, pulmonary, nephrology, allergy-immunology, rheumatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, cardiology, and genetics.  Subspecialty rotations are spread throughout the three years of training. During these months residents experience inpatient and outpatient care.

Daily Education 

Stagno Morning Report

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On June 18, 2014, the UAB Pediatrics Residency Program renamed Morning Report to Stagno Report in honor of Dr. Sergio Stagno for his dedication to the residency program and the education of residents. The Stagno Report takes place every morning at 7:55 in the Bradley Lecture Center. Cases are generally presented by upper level residents and led by the chief residents. Residents on GIPS, subspecialty rotations, PICU and NICU all present on a rotating basis, discussing a wide variety of cases. Ethics Stagno Report occurs once a month. The Stagno Report is always well attended by residents, medical students, fellows, and attendings alike. It is interactive with resident and attending participation concerning the history, physical exam, differential diagnosis, and management of the case. Because of these aspects, an engaging discussion takes place every morning, with multiple learning points.

Outpatient Stagno Report is held every Wednesday at 7:30am. Residents who are on outpatient rotations lead and participate in the Outpatient Stagno Report. Breakfast is also provided for those in attendance. Community pediatricians and faculty are invited, but this is specifically a resident and intern led activity, usually discussing an outpatient pediatric topicJournal Club takes place once a month during outpatient Stagno report, allowing residents to develop skills necessary to critically review medical literature.

Noon Conference

Noon conference takes place every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the Bradley Lecture Center. Residents are provided with a free, hot meal on a daily basis during these lectures. In addition, all residents’ pagers are held and answered by the chief residents so that the residents will be able to spend the hour focused on the lecture. Noon conferences are given by faculty and staff. The material covered is based on a 12-month curriculum created by the curriculum committee that covers Pediatric Board Specifications from each subspecialty. 

In July of each year, there is a special series presented that covers basic patient care and emergency situations among the Pediatric subspecialties, to provide a foundation of knowledge for residents and interns.

Senior Talks are given once per month, and take place during the noon conference hour. Two of the senior residents (third-year categorical pediatrics and fourth-year med/peds residents) present a 30 minute evidence-based medicine talk on a topic of their choice.

Board Preparation

From 2012-2018, we have had a 100% Board pass rate. 

In addition to exposure to a wide breadth and depth of patients and excellent teaching by our attendings and fellows, we also have several programs in place in our curriculum to help prepare for the Pediatric Boards:

Board Review Series

Starting in January, we have weekly lectures from attendings and fellows from every department, to go over Pearls and Tips for the Boards in their Specialty. Many of them write questions for the Boards and offer insight into the test itself. After the lecture, the Powerpoint is available on our residents’ home website.

American Academy of Pediatrics PREP®

The Residency Department pays for your AAP membership while you are a resident which gives you access to at least three years of PREP questions. You are required to do a year’s worth of PREP questions every year of residency (270 questions per year). The journal Pediatrics and Peds-in-Review are both delivered on a monthly basis to all of our residents, which is a great source of review for basic pediatrics topics.

Pediatrics in Review®

Every resident receives a subscription, receiving the journal monthly. Another way to stay up to date within Pediatrics.

Question of the Day

Every morning before morning report, we do a PREP-like question. The intern and resident with the most correct answers in a 6 month period have the opportunity to go to lunch with Dr. Cohen, the Pediatrics Department Chair.

Simulation Education

residentsimwebsizeThe Pediatric Simulation Center was established in 2007 to provide physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, students, and other health care professionals with opportunities to perform common medical procedures and respond to both rare and common Pediatric conditions, along with life-threatening emergencies using patient simulators. The Simulation Center creates a safe, realistic environment which allows residents to increase their knowledge, hone their skills, and practice teamwork in the context of simulated patient scenarios.

Interns are introduced to the Simulation Center during orientation with simulated check-out of patients, care of ill children, and procedures including: lumbar punctures, I/O placement, intubations, umbilical line placement, etc. Simulation continues throughout residency during most inpatient months. For example, residents in the PICU (during 2nd year) attend a weekly Critical Care Simulation. Mock codes (using the Simulation Center simulators) are also performed on a monthly basis in various locations around the hospital.

The Simulation Center is always growing. Currently, it has 9 patient simulators ranging from Premie Newborn to Teenager. The Simulation Center is the only pediatric simulation center in the state of Alabama. Over 6,000 health care professionals rotate through each year, and it has educated over 25,000 people to date.