Pediatric Research Academic Program

As part of our Pediatric Residency Program, a Pediatric Research Academic Program (Pediatric RAP) meets monthly to discuss basic research topics, set monthly goals, and network with each other as well as faculty.  This opportunity is open to any interested Pediatric Resident who wants to be a part of this scholarly group.

Research Pathways

The UAB Pediatric Residency Program also accepts applicants into the two Research Pathways approved by the American Board of Pediatrics.  These include:

Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP)
  • This pathway is open to candidates who are committed to an academic career with a strong research emphasis.  Residents would complete 2 years of General Pediatrics, then complete 4 years of subspecialty training.

  • Candidates MUST be identified no later than 9 months into their PGY I year, but preferably prior to their beginning their PGY I year.

  • This could occur at two different institutions.

  •  For questions regarding the curriculum and further requirements, please refer to the ABP website or request further information from our UAB Pediatric Residency Program. 

  Integrated Research Pathway (IRP)
  • This pathway is designed to attract young physician scientists who want to sustain their research skills and productivity during Pediatric Residency.

  • This pathway is open to applicants with MD/PhD degrees or equivalent evidence of research experience and/ or commitment.

  • Candidates MUST be identified no later than 9 months into their PGY I year, but preferably prior to their beginning their PGY I year.

  • This pathway must occur at once institution.

  • The pathway duration would be 3 years with two years of general pediatrics (clinical) and up to one year of research. 

  •  For questions regarding the curriculum and further requirements, please refer to the ABP website or request further information from our UAB Pediatric Residency Program. 

Additional Research Opportunity

The UAB Pediatric Residency also offers up to a one year “Research Gap Year”, which would occur ideally in line with the academic yearly schedule.  If a resident has a mentor who he/ she would like to do research with for up to one year, the Department of Pediatrics will review the proposal and make a decision as to whether the project would meet requirements needed for financial support and protected time.  The resident would then resume their Pediatric Residency responsibilities at the completion of the year or project (or whichever came first.)

Recent Research

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UAB and Children's of Alabama are leading research institutions in the country, raking in the top 20 in NIH funding. There are various opportunities for research available - from bench to simulation to advocacy. We have a research conference every July to present faculty opportunities to residents. If residents present at a national meeting, the department will reimburse for the conference and conference fees. We also have $1000 Founder's Fund grants available every May for new innovative educational endeavors in curriculum or outcome research that focus on Residency Education and Advocacy. Below is a sampling of research and publications from residents over the last few years:

Current Research

  • "A Brief Inpatient Intervention Using a Short Video to Promote Reduction of Child Tobacco Smoke Exposure"-Drs. Jamie Powell and Karlene Walker

  • "Acute Liver Failure During Deferasirox Chelation: A Toxicity Worth Considering"-Dr. Nate Menaker

  • "Altered Mental Status Presenting to the Pediatric Emergency Department"-Dr. Sara Williams

  • "Clinical Features and Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with May-Thurner Syndrome"-Dr. Anna Hoppmann

  • "Diagnosis of May-Thurner Syndrome and Factor V Leiden in an Adolescent Male"-Dr. Anna Hoppmann

  • "Documentation of Quality Measures for Patients Discharged From the Hospital With an Acute Asthma Exacerbation"-Drs. Taylor Woodfin, Rob Sellers and Carter Wallace

  • "Don't Forget the Tongue"-Dr. Joy Dean

  • "Ethanol Lock Usage in Pediatric Intestinal Failure"-Drs. Carter Wallace and Taylor Woodfin

  • "Examining Pediatric Resident Voting Practices"-Dr. Rob Sellers

  • "Measuring Mercaptopurine (6MP) Adherence Using Red Cell 6MP Metabolite Levels in Children With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)-a COG ALL03N1 Study"-Dr. Anna Hoppmann

  • "Mortality Associated Factors in VLBW Preterm Newborns Between 2002-2011 in a Peruvian Hospital"-Dr. Malena Gutierrez 

  • "Oh, That Rings a Bell!: An Unusal Case of CNVII Palsy"-Drs. Sarah Bagwell and Shannon Booker

  • "Primary Thymic Abscess: An Unusual Cause of Sepsis"-Dr. Shannon Booker

  • "Quit Playing Games With My Heart!"-Dr. Sarah Bagwell

  • "The Children Behind ATV Injuries: Determining Demographics to Initiate Interventions in Alabama"-Dr. Kristyn Jeffries 

  • "The Impact of Family Centered Rounding and Blazer Rounds on Time of Discharge in a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Inpatient Unit"-Drs. Adam Cohen, Megan Boothe and Jamie Oakley

  • "Treatment of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome With Early Eculizumab Infusion"-Dr. Spandana Induru

  • "Two Rare Conditions, One Neonate"-Dr. Taylor Woodfin

  • "Unilateral Pain and Weakness in Patient With Presumed Guillain-Barré Syndrome"-Dr. Anna Magliolo and Drew Buie

  • "Visceral Heterotaxy and Asplenia in a Patient Presenting With H. Influenza Meningitis and Spepsis"-Dr. Rob Sellers

Founder's Fund Projects

The Founder’s Fund was created in 2004 to recognize the exceptional lifetime achievements of the Department of Pediatrics faculty members, Dr. Ralph E. Tiller, Dr. Paul A. Palmisano, and Dr. John W. (Bill) Benton. Gifts raised through the Founder’s Fund campaign are used to support educational grants available through the Pediatric Residency Program. Founder’s Fund grants have been awarded to pediatric residents since 2006. To date, 94 grants have been awarded

Ingestions Injury Preventions through Cabinet Safety Locks in Primary Care Clinic
Brad Anding (PI)
Candice Dye
David Galloway

Spanish Classes
Michele Nichols (PI)
Nancy Tofil
Candice Dye
Lauren Nassetta
Will Sasser

Resilience Film Showing & Advocacy
Aubrey Coleman (PI)
Sarah Spencer
Susan Walley

The Use of an Infant Airway Simulator to Help Improve Pediatric Residents Ability to Intubate Infants
Joshua Cooper (PI)
Chrystal Rutledge
Nancy Tofil

Use of Mental Health Simulation to Improve Pediatric Primary Care, Resident Reflections on Suicide Prevention, and Development of Support Groups                   
Candice Dye(PI)
Hilary Anderson
Cason Benton
Nancy Tofil

Improving inpatient safe sleep compliance through crib caddie
Meghan Harrison (PI)
Adolfo Molina
Erinn Schmit
Adria Luk

Educational Support Groups to Address Chronic Illness among Adolescents in the Black Belt
Hannah Hulsey (PI)
Krista Casazza
Pamela Payne-Foster

Pediatric Research Academic Program (Pediatric RAP)
Rashmi Patil (PI)
Kathy Monroe
Michele Nichols
Brad Troxler
Chang Wu

Baby Shower for Young Mothers Program
Rashmi Patil (PI)
Elena Bryant
Allison Ellis
Lisa McDivitt
Terri Coco
Kathy Monroe

Procedural Competence in Pediatric Residents
Jeremy Ruhlmann (PI)
Alexis Ricci
Jordan Ashcraft
Erika Crawford
Michele Nichols
Nancy Tofil
Erinn Schmit

Implementation of the 5 Senses program to augment resident education in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Emily Walroth (PI)
Allison Davis
Johanna Robbins
Amanda Rogers
Stephanie Wilson
Leslie Hayes

Quality Improvement Projects

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  • Addressing Adolescent Sexual Assault in Resident Medical Education

  • Adolescent Depression Screening in Primary Care

  • Back to Boot Camp: Procedural Competence in Pediatric Residents

  • Improving Physician Patient Safety Reporting

  • Family Centered Rounds

  • Establishing a Morbidity & Mortality Conference in the UAB Pediatric Residency Program

  • A Checklist to assess feeding intolerance & reduce the need for abdominal radiographs in extremely preterm infants at risk for necrotizing enterocolitis

  • High Value Care Project

  • Teaching  High Value Care in Pediatrics

  • Improvements in Primary Care Clinic Designs

  • Improving Firearm Safety Counseling in Primary Care Clinic

  • Resident Education with Grief and End of Life Conversations

  • Improving the discharge process for Spanish-speaking only patients

  • The Golden Week Quality Improvement to Reduce Severe Intracranial Hemorrhage and Dearth among Extremely Preterm Infants

  • Infant Safe Sleep: A Medical Student Focused Educational Intervention

  • Safe Sleep Education

  • Sepsis Collaborative

  • Postpartum Depression Screening and Referral in Primary Care Clinic

  • Reducing checkout  errors by implementing handoff tool in  I- Connect

  • Residents as Teachers: Focus on the Medical students and Academic Basics

  • Smoking Cessation Counseling: A Simulated Enhanced Curriculum for Residents to Promote Smoking Cessation Counseling

  • Standardizing Inpatient Admissions for Patients Admitted to Children’s of Alabama on the Asthma Clinical Pathway

  • Bridging the Gap: Improving transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

  • Clerkship Prep

  • Improving time to IV access in the ED for neonates with fever

  • #Staywell – Adolescent Well Visit Learning Collaborative 2019

  • Children with Medical Complexity

  • Helpful Apps for Parents of Chronically Ill Children

  • Inpatient Interventions for Improved Infant Safe Sleep