Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Experience in Pediatric Subspecialties in Birmingham, Alabama

Program Overview

UAB’s mission includes championing equity and inclusion and, in particular, advocating for inclusive excellence and equity so that UAB students, faculty, and staff can flourish and excel. UAB was named America’s No. 4 Best Employer for Diversity by Forbes in 2021. The Department of Pediatrics at the UAB Heersink School of Medicine is committed to recruiting and supporting prospective fellows who contribute to a diverse workforce within pediatric medical subspecialties, specifically physicians who identify as underrepresented in medicine based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This program is designed to foster a community of diverse learners and faculty and to provide residents the opportunity to explore fellowship opportunities within select pediatric medical subspecialties and subspecialties to which they may have limited exposure at their home institutions.    

Program Goals

  • To increase recruitment of diverse trainees into pediatric medical subspecialties and in academic medicine

  • To provide education and career development in support of UAB Heersink School of Medicine’s mission

  • To foster opportunities for collaboration with other institutions where visiting trainees are based

Program Description

The program will bring up to four residents from diverse backgrounds to UAB for an in-person clinical training experience within the Heersink School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Residents will have the opportunity to rotate within one of the participating subspecialties at Children's of Alabama. Rotations can be 2-4 weeks in duration, depending on funding availability. Visiting residents will gain clinical exposure in a subspecialty area of interest, participate in programming to foster community and belonging, and will be paired with a faculty mentor during their visit.

What Participants Can Anticipate

  • Visiting residents will be awarded at stipend of $375 per week. Participants will also receive $875 per week supporting costs associated with travel and housing.  

  • Visiting residents will participate in the rotation during the pre-agreed upon time-frame, with a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks commitment.

  • Visiting residents will receive mentorship from experienced outstanding UAB faculty members.

  • Visiting residents will participate in activities designed to foster connections within the cohort, with UAB Pediatrics residents and fellows, and more broadly across the UAB community.

Participating Pediatric Subspecialties (all with established ACGME accredited fellowship programs)

  • Adolescent Medicine

  • Endocrinology & Diabetes

  • Infectious Diseases

  • Nephrology

  • Pulmonary

  • Rheumatology

Eligibility Criteria

  • The URiM resident must be in good standing within a Pediatrics, Medicine-Pediatrics, or other Pediatrics combined residency program.

  • The resident must be part of an ACGME-accredited residency program. Preference will be given to residents applying for fellowship in the coming year.

  • The resident should express strong interest in applying to a UAB fellowship program. Selection will be based on past clinical and academic achievement as well as potential achievement within the selected subspecialty.

Timeline

  • Applications Due: Rolling

  • Decisions E-mailed to Applicants: Rolling

  • Rotations Begin: Resident's choice

Application Materials

  • Completed Application Form

  • Please include the following attachments when completing the Application Form:

    • Personal statement (1 page) describing your interest in the program, your career goals, and how you believe your background and experience contribute to diversity at UAB.

    • Curriculum Vitae

    • 250-word statement of support from a faculty member

    • Signed Program Director Support Form

Selected residents must have a Letter of Agreement in place at least one month in advance of the rotation and are expected to adhere to the UAB Department of Pediatrics Visiting Resident Policy