Mission Statement

The UAB Pediatrics Residency Program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Residents bring unique perspectives to our residency community. Our residents are diverse by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, age, geography, and other life experiences. We treasure this diversity. We believe that working alongside people from diverse backgrounds enriches the team and creates opportunities for increasing our empathy and understanding, embracing our similarities, and celebrating our differences. 

We oppose all discrimination. We value ongoing education and growth in understanding the roles of racism and bias in our lives, and we encourage and support one another in personal and community change.

Our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is helping us to train exemplary pediatricians, ones who understand and celebrate the value of every child.

Educating Residents about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We invite UAB faculty and guest lecturers from around the United States to speak about implicit biases, microaggressions, social determinants of health, and systemic racism during our daily noon conferences and weekly department Grand Rounds lectures. Prior to completing training, our residents complete in-person and online simulations centered around recognition and understanding social determinants of health and healthcare equity. During these events, residents are empowered to facilitate change by participating in local community and residency advocacy projects including health fairs, school presentations, and mentoring.


Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council

The Pediatric Diversity and Inclusion Council aims to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) pediatric residents, fellows, and faculty, promote opportunities for mentorship amongst UAB medical students, pediatric residents, fellows, faculty, and staff, and foster a culture of diversity, inclusion and cultural responsiveness amongst pediatric residents, fellows, faculty, patients, and other healthcare providers.

Activities of the Council include recruitment informational sessions and post-interview question and answer sessions for underrepresented in medicine residency candidates, diversity education, departmental constituent groups, and pipeline activities.

Diversity & Inclusion Council Timeline

2012

Department of Pediatrics Diversity Council Established

2013

Diversity Education Incorporated into Weekly Residency Communication

2014

1st Annual Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Welcome Reception for URiM residents, fellows, and faculty

2015

Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

2016

Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Second Look Weekend

2017

Partnership Established with Meharry Medical College for MSIII Pediatric Inpatient Rotation

2018

Department of Pediatrics Recruitment at Annual Student National Medical Association Conference

2019

Additional Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

2020

Antiracism Statement Published

  • 2012

    Department of Pediatrics Diversity Council Established

  • 2013

    Diversity Education Incorporated into Weekly Residency Communication

  • 2014

    1st Annual Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Welcome Reception for URiM residents, fellows, and faculty

  • 2015

    Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

  • 2016

    Dean’s Council Graduate Medical Education Second Look Weekend

  • 2017

    Partnership Established with Meharry Medical College for MSIII Pediatric Inpatient Rotation

  • 2018

    Department of Pediatrics Recruitment at Annual Student National Medical Association Conference

  • 2019

    Additional Department of Pediatrics URiM Visiting Rotation Scholarship Established

  • 2020

    Antiracism Statement Published

    Diversity Leadership

    Co-Directors

    Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

    Chrystal Rutledge, M.D.

    Assistant Professor

    Pediatric Critical Care

    Ana Xavier, M.D.

    Ana Xavier, M.D.

    Associate Professor

    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

    Faculty Liaison

    Tina Simpson, M.D., M.P.H.

    Tina Simpson, M.D., M.P.H.

    Professor

    Adolescent Medicine

    Resident Leaders

    Vida Laudarji, M.D.

    Vida Laudarji, M.D.

    PGY-2

    Jasmine Capers, M.D.

    Jasmine Capers, M.D.

    PGY-1


    Statements from the Department

    Anti-Racism Statement

    Our Commitment to Ending Racism

    Important message from Department of Pediatrics leadership


    Diversity & Inclusion Resources

    Department of Pediatrics Diversity & Inclusion

    Department of Pediatrics Diversity Dashboard

    School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion

    UAB Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion