What do you want out of a Pediatric Residency Program?
It’s the fundamental question you must ask yourself as you begin applying for, interviewing at, and ranking residency programs. The answers to this question will guide you to the best program for you! It is what led us to choose UAB, and we would like to share with you the reasons we wanted to be a part of the UAB Pediatrics Residency Program.
The People, the People, the People. It’s not whether or not you’re going to be up in the middle of the night checking on labs, evaluating patients, or doing procedures. It’s with whom you’re going to be up at night. We came here because at this program, your co-residents are like family. UAB Peds and Med-Peds residents are first friends and then co-workers. And as now graduates of the program, we can honestly say we feel privileged to have been a part of the UAB family.
UAB graduates are superbly trained pediatricians. Whether you choose to go into general pediatrics or pursue further subspecialty training, UAB prepares you to become the best pediatrician you can be. The diversity of cases, increasing autonomy, outstanding morning report, teaching by attendings, board preparation, and focus on career development prepares our graduates to be exceptional pediatricians. For our program’s size, we have the highest pass rate in the country (#5 nationally). We knew when we opened our letters on match day that we would graduate as outstanding pediatricians with many options open to us because of the strength of our training.
Exceptional Program Leadership. Dr. Nichols, Dr. Tofil, Dr. Hartig (J. R.), and Dr. Barnett are extremely invested in the education, happiness, and careers of UAB residents. Dr. Stagno, the Chair of Pediatrics, was a former Pediatric Residency Program Director, and is always a resident advocate. The directors love their jobs, and it is evidenced by their commitment to the program. Between them, they have sixty years of service to the residents.
Children’s of Alabama. UAB Pediatrics and Med-Peds residents train at Children’s of Alabama. In 2012, the Benjamin C. Russell Hospital for Children opened with 380 beds and 13,600 admissions that year, making us one of the largest and busiest children’s hospital in the country. It was important to us to train at a children’s hospital, and as the largest in the state, we are the referral center for a large volume of patients as well as many of the complex and sickest patients in the region. From Critical Care to Pediatric Dermatology to Pediatric Rheumatology to Pediatric Pulmonology, residents have many opportunities to rotate on the subspecialties of their choosing, and learn from leaders in their fields. For those of us going into general pediatrics, UAB residents see a large volume of general pediatric patients and achieve continuity in our Primary Care Clinic. UAB trains excellent general pediatricians due to the strength of our Children’s Hospital!
Directors’ Responsiveness to Resident Feedback. The program directors meet with residents monthly to address and respond to resident concerns. The Housestaff Council meets monthly as well to discuss and raise concerns and come up with solutions to issues that confront residents.
Resident Run Program. Residents come up with differential diagnoses, plans, do procedures, and manage teams with attending guidance. Residents and fellows collaborate to come up with plans for patients and further assist with the education and learning of the housestaff.
Birmingham. It truly is the best kept secret in the South! This city has a lot to offer and do with many unique and interesting neighborhoods—from Homewood to Mountain Brook to Hoover and Vestavia, there are many areas in town that residents call home. Birmingham restaurants are diverse, nationally recognized, and award winning—you will always have a good meal in this town! The cultural scene offers a lot, from Art on the Rocks to shows at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex and the Samford Theater, to local festivals such as the annual Greek Festival. This is a very affordable city, and many residents are able to purchase a home during their residency. Outdoor activities abound: many residents spend time outdoors hiking at Oak Mountain or at the new urban green space, Railroad Park, or at the several dog parks in the area, running or biking on one of the many trails in the city, or leisurely walking around one of the two botanical gardens in the city. Birmingham truly is a great place to call home.
Thank you for your interest in the UAB Pediatric Residency Program and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.
All the best,
Adam Johnson, Catherine Hough-Telford, and Tori Anderson
2013-2014 UAB Pediatric Chief Residents