Residency News

  • The Pediatric Residency Coat of Arms Health Fair COVID Style

    ResidencyHealthfair20202WEBCoat of Arms (Community Outreach and Advocacy), the advocacy group of the Pediatric Residency Program, hosted a Health Fair Drop-off this year as part of their community outreach initiative. The program usually hosts an annual Health Fair for the parents and students at Glen Iris Elementary School but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was changed to an outdoor drop-off.

  • Inaugural Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education Scholars Announced

    PRIMEScholars2020WEBPlease join us in welcoming our inaugural group of Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education (PRIME) Scholars! Residents participating include Andy Marshall, M.D., PGY-4 Med-Peds, Meghan Harrison, M.D., PGY-3 Pediatrics, McGee Hopper, M.D., PGY-3 Pediatrics, Stephen Hudson, M.D., PGY-3 Pediatrics, Carter Barnett, M.D., PGY-2 Pediatrics, Leah Bittles, M.D., PGY-2 Pediatrics, Gabe Daniels, M.D., PGY-2 Pediatrics, Amelia Schuyler, M.D., PGY-2 Pediatrics, and Karen Wang, M.D., PGY-2 Pediatrics.

  • Dr. Wang selected for 2020 Rud Polhill Award

    Karen WangforWEBCongratulations to Karen Wang, M.D., pediatrics resident, on receiving the Rud Polhill Award. This award is presented every year by the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in memory of Dr. Rutherford B. Polhill to an intern who demonstrates excellence in pediatric emergency medicine and dedication to life-long-learning.

    Dr. Rud Polhill was an esteemed faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics and former division director for the UAB Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine who unexpectedly died in April 2002. Lifelong learning was his passion and he had just given a grand rounds presentation entitled “Lifelong Model of Pediatric Education.” His tragic passing stunned us all but through his leadership, he inspired our division to engage in lifelong learning so that we could provide the best care possible for our patients.

  • 2020-2021 Founders' Fund Grants Announced

    FoundersFundImageAnnouncementCongratulations to the recipients of the 2020-2021 Founder's Fund Grants!

    The Founders' Fund was established by the UAB Department of Pediatrics to honor the exceptional lifetime achievements of the founders Drs. John W. "Bill" Benton, Ralph E. Tiller and Paul A. Palmisano. For more than a decade, the Founders' Fund has been used to encourage and support educational endeavors in the Pediatric Residency Program through educational grants. These educational grants support new, innovative educational research or programs related to the curriculum or quality and outcomes research of the residency program.

    Ten Founders' Fund Awards were given this year:

    Obesity Prevention Birth-to-Two Years in Primary Care Clinic

    Cason Benton (PI)
    Kelsey Thetford


    Joe Bradsher (PI)
    Neha Teekappanavar
    Andrew Marshall
    Channing Brown
    Kirollos Roman
    Rachel Klein
    Carlie Stein

    Well Child Check that is Anything But Well: Suicidal Teenager

    Candice Dye (PI)
    Nancy Tofil

    Baby Safety Shower for Young Mothers

    Meghan Harrison (PI)
    Abigail Martin
    Grace Spears
    Kathleen Vincent
    Terri Coco
    Kathy Monroe

    Pediatric RAP

    Kylee Miller (PI)
    Kathy Monroe
    Michele Nichols
    Brad Troxler
    Chang Wu

    Pediatric Neurology at UAB Podcast

    Salman Rashid (PI)
    Khaled Al-Robaidi

    Improving Residency Physician History and Physical in Challenging Situations

    Nicholas Rockwell (PI)
    Nancy Tofil
    Michele Kong
    Chrystal Rutledge

    Procedural Competence in Pediatric Residents

    Jeremy Ruhlmann (PI)
    Alexis Ricci
    Jordan Ashcraft
    Michele Nichols
    Nancy Tofil
    Erinn Schmit

    Kids CAN DO Telehealth

    Stephen Russell (PI)
    Channing Brown
    Ryan Sheets
    Andrew Watson 

    Improving Firearm Safety Counseling in Primary Clinic

    Austin Wheeler (PI)
    Katie Mascia
    Abby Martin
    Christina Hunley
    Jennifer Joseph
    Morissa Ladinsky

  • Announcing co-directors for Diversity and Inclusion in the Pediatric Residency Program

    DIVINCRESHEADSHOTWEBWe are excited to announce Chrystal Rutledge, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, and Ana Xavier, M.D., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, have been appointed as the co-directors of Diversity and Inclusion for the UAB Pediatrics Residency Program. Tina Simpson, M.D., Adolescent Medicine will serve as the faculty liaison. Our main goals are to increase recruitment and retention of underrepresented within medicine (URiM) pediatric residents, foster relationships amongst current URiM pediatric residents, fellows and faculty, and promote a more inclusive environment with the department.

  • The Joe LaRussa Interns of the Year for 2020 announced

    InternoftheYear 2020 FYIFCongratulations to Sarah Grace Engel, M.D., and Amelia Schuyler, M.D., on being named the 2020 Joe LaRussa Interns of the Year!

    The Joe LaRussa Intern of the Year Award is given out annually by the Pediatric Residency Program to honor two members of the intern class who inspire others with their work ethic, compassion, professionalism, and positive outlook. The award is named after Joe LaRussa, M.D., an alumnus of the residency program. The winners are voted on by the pediatric faculty, fellows and residents. 

  • 2020-2021 Founders' Fund Educational Grant: Request for Application

    FoundersFundImageThe Founders’ Fund was established by the Department of Pediatrics to honor three key “Founders” and educators of our Department: Dr. Paul Palmisano, Dr. Bill Benton, and Dr. Ralph Tiller. These physicians epitomized the ideal academic pediatrician. Thankfully, the dream to honor these esteemed individuals became a reality with the generosity of former and current pediatric faculty and residents. For more than a decade, Founders’ Fund Educational Grants have been used to encourage and support educational endeavors in our Pediatric Residency Program.

  • Dr. Goar wins Carolyn Ashworth, M.D., Pediatric Primary Care Award

    GoarforWEBCongratulations to Brooke Goar, M.D., Pediatric Resident PGY-3, on being chosen as this year's recipient of the Carolyn Ashworth, M.D. Pediatric Primary Care Award.

  • Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Residency Awards

    2020 ResidentGrad Award Icon

    The 2020 graduating class presented the following awards at their Graduation Banquet on Friday, June 5.

  • Congratulations to Residency Class of 2020!


    We would like to congratulate the Pediatric Residents, The Combined Med-Peds Residents and the Combined Peds-Genetics Residents for completing their residency.

    Below is what our graduates will be doing after residency:

  • Dr. Nichols receives the APPD Robert S. Holm, M.D., Leadership Award

    Nichols Michele 2015FORWEBMichele Nichols, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Medicine, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Robert S. Holm, M.D., Award. This award is presented by the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) each year to honor a member of the APPD for their outstanding contribution to mentorship and support for other program directors in the APPD and for their service as a role model to program leadership across the organization.

    Dr. Nichols served as the co-program director for the UAB Pediatric Residency Program from 1995 to 2008 with Ray Watts, M.D., and took over as the program director in 2008. During her tenure, the program has graduated 554 residents working in pediatrics across the United States. Her commitment to creating a strong educational foundation and fostering outreach and advocacy opportunities has been instrumental in the residency program graduating well-rounded residents. As the vice chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics, she has been a dedicated leader for education initiatives across the department.

    Dr. Nichols’ leadership and commitment extend outside of the department with positions on University-wide committees and membership in regional and national associations. As part of the APPD, Dr. Nichols has led several workshops and presentations to help mentor and teach other program directors across the nations.

    “I am both honored and humbled to be receiving this award from the APPD,” said Dr. Nichols. “I share this award with many people including program and department leadership as well as our amazing residents. I have had incredible support and teaching from my mentors and leaders over the years and hope I have been able, in turn, to pay it forward and help others find their passion in pediatrics.”  

    Congratulations Dr. Nichols!

  • Dr. Coleman to serve on American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force

    Coleman Aubrey PedsAubrey Coleman, M.D., PGY-2, Pediatrics Resident, was selected to serve on the 19/20 Resolution Task Force of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT). As part of her role on the task force, Dr. Coleman will attend the Annual Leadership Forum in March 2020. While on the task force, she will participate in the entire resolution process from the beginning of the idea to the adoption of the resolution at the Annual Leadership Forum. She will serve on the task force from July 2019 to March 2020. 

  • Second Pediatric Residency Reunion

    The second Pediatric Residency Reunion was a great success!  Over 185 guests attended the reunion with 34 classes being represented. Thank you to all who attended and to everyone who worked hard to make the reunion such a great event! 

    Click here for photos from the reunion

  • Pediatric Residency Wellness Committee awarded GME Works for Well-Being Grant

    WIPS.WellTFRS300The Pediatric Resident Wellness Committee was awarded a GME Works for Well-being Grant for their proposal "Wellness Through Fitness: A Fitness and Nutritional Program for Residents and Fellows.”

    The grant will be used to fund weekly fitness classes available to all pediatric residents (and fellows if availability is not an issue) with a certified trainer and nutritionist and will also provide a volunteer study group with body assessments (BMI, body fat percentage, etc) and assess progress over a 10 week span of exercise. The goal of the program is to empower residents to seek activities for physical fitness and wellness during their education!

    In February 2018, the UAB GME Office announced GME Works for Well-Being, a call for proposals to increase efforts within UAB GME to support innovated ideas and programs to improve physician well-being and foster a sense of meaning in work.

    Team members for the proposal include Malena Gutierrez, M.D., Pediatrics PGY-3, Alicia Webb, M.D., Pediatrics PGY-3, Spandana Induru, M.D., Pediatrics PGY-3 and faculty mentor Michael Stalvey, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology. 

  • Residents selected to mentor within School of Medicine Housestaff Learning Community

    Congratulations to the Pediatric and Medicine/Pediatric residents selected for the honor of being mentors within the UAB School of Medicine Housestaff Learning Community. This program is an outstanding opportunity for residents who have a passion for working with students to gain experience in medical education. The residents who were selected are listed below. 

    Emily Foreman, M.D., PGY-3
    Spandana Induru, M.D., PGY-3
    Nathan Menaker, M.D., PGY-3
    Andrew Watson, M.D., PGY-2

    Emily Bufkin, M.D., PGY-3
    Madeline Eckenrode, M.D., PGY-4
    David Windler, M.D., PGY-4

  • Please join us for the UAB Pediatric Residency Reunion!

    Residency Reunion Invitation 2018

    The UAB Pediatric Residency Program is hosting a reunion for residency alumni and friends of the program. The reunion will be on Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Bradley Lecture Center. Click here to RSVP for the reunion! 

    More information

  • Dr. Keith win 2018 Quality Improvement Award

    IMG 1604300Congratulations to Claire Keith, M.D., Pediatric PGY-3, on winning the 2018 Quality Improvement Project Award for her project titled Use of Quality Improvement Process to increase influenza Vaccination in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients. Her mentor on this project was Traci Jester, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

    Pictured L to R: Drs. Susan Walley, Claire Keith and Traci Jester

  • 2018-2019 Founders' Fund Grants Announced


    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2018-2019 Founder's Fund Grants!

    The Founders' Fund was established by the UAB Department of Pediatrics to honor the exceptional lifetime achievements of the founders Drs. John W. "Bill" Benton, Ralph E. Tiller and Paul A. Palmisano. For more than a decade, the Founders' Fund has been used to encourage and support educational endeavors in the Pediatric Residency Program through educational grants. These educational grants support new, innovative educational research or programs related to the curriculum or quality and outcomes research of the residency program.

    11 Founders' Fund Awards were given this year:

    Principal Investigator and Project Titles

    Emily Bufkin, M.D.Creating a Medical Home for Children with Medical Complexity within Primary Care Clinic.

    Eunice Dixon, M.D.Infant Safe Sleep QI: Exit Counseling to Reduce Unsafe Sleep Habits.

    Austin Doss, M.D.Procedural Competence in Pediatric Residents.

    Eric Jorge, M.D.Improving Firearm Safety Counseling in Primary Care Clinic.

    Will Sasser, M.D.Introduction of an Ultrasound Fundamentals Training Session to the Pediatric Intensive Care Education Curriculum Supplemented with a Vascular Access
    Training Model.

    Kristyn Jeffries, M.D.All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Injury Prevention through Education in Schools.

    Sai Surapa-Raju, M.D.Teaching residents Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) cardiac arrest guidelines using Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice (RCDP).

    Rashmi Patil, M.D.Baby Shower for Young Mothers Program.

    Kristyn Jeffries, M.D.Pediatric Research Academic Program (Pediatric RAP).

    Candice Dye, M.D.Use of Mental Health Simulation to Improve Pediatric Primary Care, Resident Reflection on Suicide Prevention, and Development of Support Groups.

    Michele Nichols, M.D.Spanish Class for Residents.

  • Dr. Windler awarded Primary Care Extra Mile Award

    D.WindlerThe Primary Care Extra Mile Award winner for this quarter is David Windler, M.D., PGY-3 Med/Peds Resident. The following was Dr. Windler's nomination from colleagues in Primary Care Clinic:

    "A severely autistic child came in for her depo and Tdap shots. She was very agitated on this particular day, and staff had a hard time even getting her into the room. When it came time for her shots, Dr. Windler immediately volunteered. He stayed in the room until family and staff were able to come up with a safe plan for administering her shots. The mom was distressed, and he was calm and reassuring with both the family and staff. Thank you for your positive attitude and teamwork, Dr. Windler!"

  • Dr. Sasser named as new Assistant Program Director for Pediatric Residency Program

    DrWilliamSasser SDM 3243The Pediatric Residency Program is excited to announce that Will Sasser, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, will be joining the program as an Assistant Program Director as of July 1, 2018.

    When asked about his new role, Dr. Sasser said "I'm thrilled about the opportunity to work more closely with our residents alongside faculty and staff that have meant so much to me as a trainee and junior faculty member."

    Dr. Sasser joins Michele Nichols, M.D., Program Director, Nancy Tofil, M.D., Senior Associate Program Director, Candice Dye, M.D., Associate Program Director, and Lauren Nassetta, M.D., Associate Program Director as leadership of the program. 

    Prior to this role with the Residency Program, Dr. Sasser served as the Director of the Acting Internship and Elective Program with the Pediatric Clerkship. He attended the Medical University of South Carolina for medical school and completed both his pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at UAB.