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

Our program leadership and the Pediatric Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council have identified valuable educational opportunities to promote diversity awareness, cultural competence and health equity and incorporated these into the residency curriculum.

Our robust Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) curriculum includes:

  • Quarterly pediatric resident noon conferences and discussions focusing on DEI topics (e.g. implicit bias, micro-aggressions, social determinants of health, systemic racism) that are led by UAB Department of Pediatrics DEI faculty

  • UAB Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds lectures focusing on DEI topics by guests lecturers from UAB and around the United States

  • Frequent Health Disparities Morning Report discussions

  • In-person and online simulations focusing on recognition and understanding social determinants of health and healthcare equity

  • Social injustice small group discussion led by a DEI Council member during Injury Prevention/Child Advocacy week

  • Social Determinants of Health Journal Club during Adolescent Medicine rotation

  • Birmingham Civil Rights Tour with co-residents to learn about Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights movement and path forward to create a more inclusive local and national community

During the events, our residents are empowered to facilitate change by participating in local community and residency advocacy projects including mentoring, health fairs, and school presentations in our Birmingham City Schools. 

Health Equity Scholars Program

Residents interested in and committed to identifying health disparities and working towards health equity will be given the opportunity to apply to this program. This structured pathway will include additional lectures, small group discussions, simulations, and local and regional experiences. This program is expected to launch in July 2021.


Pediatric Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

The Pediatric Diversity, Equity 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, Equity & 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

    Resident Leaders

    Vida Laudarji, M.D.

    Vida Laudarji, M.D.

    PGY-2

    Jasmine Capers, M.D.

    Jasmine Capers, M.D.

    PGY-1

    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


    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