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We are humbled and honored to have been selected by our peers as 2015-2016 chief residents.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Pediatrics offers excellence in pediatric training in a stunning clinical setting.  Having recently finished three years in our residency program, we feel prepared to tackle a wide array of pediatric illnesses from common to “zebrass” due to the large volume and variety of patients this program has to offer.  We can say without hesitancy that with the current three classes of pediatric residents and four classes of combined medicine-pediatric residents,  we have some of the finest quality people that any program could offer.  The culture of our program is felt in the breadth of love, admiration, and dedication that we have for each other.  We pride ourselves on resident autonomy and being a resident-run program.  We are led by a great group of program directors in Drs. Nichols, Tofil, Hartig, Dye, and Nassetta.  Our program directors are excellent physician models and create a tangible family environment. 

In choosing a residency, we desired a clinical environment that challenged our intellectual and a physical ability, provided a reputable education, and was a welcoming place to work and call home.  We have found this at UAB.  Our residents have hands-on clinical and procedural learning.  Opportunities to practice medicine in inner-city and rural settings as well as abroad are both offered and encouraged. Education is strengthened through our Stagno morning report and noon conferences which provide learning opportunities for unique case presentations and didactic lectures from experts in every field.  Our success in education is highlighted by our100% board pass rate for the last four years running.  As further evidence of the love our graduating class has for the children of this city and this program, ­14 out of 25 of our graduating residents chose to stay in Birmingham for private practice or to continue their fellowship training.  The reach of our residency program also extends beyond the Southeast, as we are sending physicians from our class across the United States, from California to Georgia. 

We wish you the best of luck in choosing a residency program.  Please contact us with any questions you have and we would be happy to provide you with more information.

2015-2016 UAB Pediatric Chief Residents
Hugh Cheek (hjcheek@uabmc.edu)
Adolfo Molina (amolina@uabmc.edu)
Erinn Schmit (eoschmit@uabmc.edu)